For the second men’s 2017 FIS Snowboard World Cup event at Mammoth Mountain Resort, the halfpipe event was a really exciting contest that saw awesome blue bird sky conditions! Click here now to get all the final round details from this wild halfpipe competition at Mammoth Mountain!
Involving some of professional snowboarding’s biggest superstars taking center stage, the 2017 FIS Snowboard World Cup Men’s Halfpipe competition at Mammoth Mountain Resort truly exemplified the elite in snowboarding today. This was an event that came along in tandem with the Men’s Slopestyle competition at Mammoth Mountain in 2017, and the halfpipe event was the most spectacular by far.
With the cream of the crop in play, we saw Shaun White, Louie Vito, Chase Josey, and others upping the star factor at the 2017 FIS Snowboard World Cup Men’s Halfpipe event at Mammoth Mountain Resort as they dominated the podium at this contest. Shaun White essentially reestablished himself as a halfpipe powerhouse at this competition, not that he necessarily needed to given his incredibly extensive record as a professional snowboarder.
Louie Vito is another mainstay across multiple categories of high echelon snowboarding, and Vito managed to secure the third place podium rounding finish at this event held at Mammoth Mountain after an impressive performance in the halfpipe. The halfpipe design at this event was expertly built and maintained by the Mammoth staff in cooperation with the FIS technicians, and was basically perfect in terms of the geometry and snow composition as well.
Fortunately the winter weather has been really strong in northern California in the 2017, and for this reason Mammoth Mountain Resort has been absolutely blasted with a barrage of winter storms that have heavily stocked up their classic Sierra Nevada snowpack. This is definitely part of the motivation for major pros like Shaun White and Louie Vito coming out to attend this momentous 2017 FIS Snowboard World Cup Men’s Halfpipe competition, and another way in which this event was especially exciting for fans, judges, and fellow competitors alike.
This competition was an extremely successful one for the United States athletes especially, with an astonishing eight out of the top ten finishers being American snowboarding professionals. The top five was composed of entirely U.S. snowboarders, making this a home-field advantage situation for those competitors. This men’s halfpipe comeback for Shaun White was an amazing sight to see, and for the benefit of FIS Snowboard World Cup fans everywhere we have included the final results from this event down below.
1st Place – Shaun White – United States:
In a remarkable display of his years of experience in halfpipe snowboarding, the veteran Shaun White was out in force at the 2017 FIS Snowboard World Cup Men’s Halfpipe competition at Mammoth Mountain Resort. Shaun is obviously a mega-star in the professional snowboarding world, and he needs absolutely no introduction at all to most of the fans and snowboarding enthusiasts out there. While he is more or less a jack of all trades in terms of his skillset, Shaun White has always been a snowboarder who truly excels in the halfpipe competition format. His ability to go bigger than everyone else, and push the envelope of what is actually possible as a halfpipe snowboarder is something that has allowed White to cultivate his monumental reputation over the years.
Bringing out his legendary halfpipe repertoire for the 2017 FIS Snowboard World Cup Men’s Halfpipe competition at Mammoth Mountain Resort in California, Shaun was able to secure the first place finish by a very comfortable margin of four points. Shaun was competing with a bib number of sixteen at this event, and he was able to execute some of the amazing tricks that he has not only invented himself, but perfected as well. Some examples of Shaun’s proprietary tricks in the halfpipe include the back to back double cork 1080, as well as a double mctwist 1260; these are just some of the tricks that have taken Shaun to the very top of the snowboarding world.
This competition was a personal one for Shaun White, mainly because he is a California native and got his start in the sport riding in SoCal at Bear Mountain resort. With that being said, Shaun definitely defended his home turf quite well at this FIS men’s halfpipe event by taking first place. Shaun’s final scoring total at the conclusion of this event rounded out to 94.75 points in all, giving him a solid win over the rest of the field. Shaun was awarded a total of 1000.00 World Cup points as a result of taking first, although nobody is very worried about Shaun ever losing his elite status in this sport.
2nd Place – Ryan Wachendorfer – United States:
Securing the second place runner-up podium finish at the 2017 FIS Snowboard World Cup Men’s Halfpipe competition was yet another American athlete, named Ryan Wachendorfer. Even though Shaun White more or less dominated the event, Ryan provided solid competition that at least came close to challenging Shaun’s leadership at this halfpipe contest. Ryan Wachendorfer actually did extremely well at this event compared to the rest of the field, and one statistic that exemplifies his outstanding performance is the fact that he was able to defeat third place Louie Vito by over seven whole points.
Wachendorfer’s riding style in the halfpipe is one that uses a lot of speed and forward momentum to propel him into the massive rotational and grab tricks that he has become known for in recent years. In this way he is less focused on air and hangtime than he is on optimizing trajectories for his preferred tricks, and this style seems to be working out quite well for Wachendorfer right now. Ryan Wachendorfer is definitely one of the more rookie snowboarders competing in the FIS Snowboard World Cup at the moment, and given his relatively rookie status it is pretty amazing that he was able to challenge a seasoned veteran like Shaun White to this degree.
Ryan’s overall stats breakdown at this time includes a total of eight FIS World Cup contest starts, and out of those eight he now has one podium finish on his record. At only twenty years old, Ryan Wachendorfer still has so much snowboarding left to do in his professional career. If this 2017 FIS Snowboard World Cup Men’s Halfpipe competition at Mammoth Mountain Resort is any indication of Ryan’s trajectory as a professional snowboarder, then we could actually be witnessing the rise of a new league superstar right now.
Finishing out the competition with a final score of 90.75 points, Ryan was competing with the bib number of five at this Mammoth Mountain halfpipe event. Along with securing the second place middle podium spot, Ryan was awarded a significant World Cup points package at the conclusion of this event. With an additional 800.00 World Cup points under his belt, Ryan Wachendorfer is definitely on his way to having a highly successful season in the FIS this year.
3rd Place – Louie Vito – United States:
A massive favorite in the professional snowboarding world, the Bellefontaine, Ohio native named Louie Vito is one of the biggest stars in the context of American snowboarding. Louie got his start snowboarding as a strictly terrain park, halfpipe, and rail snowboarder, and in this way his training is very intensively focused on these disciplines. Louie has been training since he was a young boy at a somewhat unlikely place for a professional snowboarder, which is at Mad River Mountain in Ohio. Mad River Mountain is basically Louie Vito’s home resort, and in comparison to a resort like Mammoth Mountain, Mad River is basically a mud hill along the flat terrain of the midwestern landscape.
With that being said it is fairly amazing that Louie Vito has risen to the elite ranks of the FIS Snowboard World Cup, and is a true testament to his natural talent, ability, and dedication to the sport. Vito was competing with a bib number of ten at this competition, and the twenty-eight year old snowboarder put on one hell of a show at the 2017 FIS Snowboard World Cup Men’s Halfpipe contest at Mammoth Mountain. While Louie Vito’s specialty might actually be most closely relegated to rails and box combo lines, his prowess in the halfpipe is indisputable.
Vito’s stats record in the FIS so far isn’t terribly impressive, and isn’t really an accurate reflection of how well he has been doing since turning professional. With that being said, Vito currently stands at sixteen FIS World Cup contest starts so far, and out of those sixteen he has achieved three podium finishes. With this record in mind, it can probably be concluded that competing in the FIS Snowboard World Cup isn’t necessarily Vito’s number one focus as a professional snowboarder, but it does appear that he is trying to improve his position in this league.
Louie finished out the 2017 FIS Snowboard World Cup Men’s Halfpipe competition at Mammoth Mountain Resort with a final scoring total of 83.25 points all around, giving him a slim one-point margin of victory over the fourth place finisher. In this way, Louie barely made it onto the podium and therefore this was a really important contest in terms of improving his FIS league rankings. Another way in which this competition served as a benefit to Louie Vito’s league rankings was in his World Cup points award for taking third place, as Vito earned a substantial 600.00 World Cup points as a result of his successful contest run.
4th Place – Gregory Bretz – United States:
Marking the fourth U.S. snowboard athlete in a row to finish in the top rankings at the 2017 FIS Snowboard World Cup Men’s Halfpipe competition at Mammoth Mountain Resort, Gregory Bretz mounted an impressive challenge namely against the third place finisher, Louie Vito. Bretz and Vito only had one point separating their final scores from this competition, and in this way, these two athletes were really battling each other for who would qualify for the podium at the conclusion of the contest. Gregory Bretz is by no means a rookie or a newcomer to the FIS Snowboard World Cup league, and he truly has become a mainstay in this league over the years.
Bretz has a decent statistical record in terms of his FIS career history, and he has an extensive range of competition performances under his belt. Out of twenty-two FIS World Cup contest starts, Gregory Bretz has secured for himself a total of four podium finishes and one major FIS contest victory. In addition to those stats, Bretz also has two Olympic games starts in his record as well. The halfpipe is definitely where Gregory Bretz shines the brightest, and he actually secured for himself a podium finish in a recent halfpipe competition from 2016 at Copper Mountain in Colorado.
This fourth place finish at the 2017 FIS Snowboard World Cup Men’s Halfpipe competition is a helpful addition to Bretz’s record and league rankings, and marks the latest highlight in his career during the 2017 season. Gregory Bretz is definitely one of the more fun to watch snowboarders in the halfpipe, and he is someone who is able to not take himself too seriously, allowing him to be innovative and creative in the pipe. He is someone who is not afraid or reluctant to work new patterns and tricks into their halfpipe routines, making Bretz one of the halfpipe snowboarding professionals that many fans get excited about watching.
The way Gregory has been competing lately, it is clear that he has no intention of slowing down or retiring anytime soon. His final scoring total at the conclusion of the 2017 FIS Snowboard World Cup Men’s Halfpipe competition at Mammoth Mountain Resort came out to 82.25 points, giving him a margin of only half a point over the fifth place finisher. Gregory’s World Cup rankings should see some improvement as a result of this competition, considering that he was awarded a significant World Cup points addition of 500.00 WC points in total.