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Kelly Clark of USA and Japan's Taku Hiraoka won the World Cup snowboard half-pipe competitions at Sochi, Russia on Thursday ...
(February 14). The events were a chance for the riders to sample the facilities which will be used for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games at the resort in less than a year. Japan's 17-year-old snowboard rider Hiraoka took his first World Cup win with an assured run including a frontside 1080 and a double cork 1080.
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SHOWS: SOCHI, RUSSIA (FEBRUARY 14, 2013) (INFRONT - SEE RESTRICTIONS ABOVE) (NO USE AFTER 1600GMT SATURDAY FEBRUARY 16, 2013) MEN'S SNOWBOARD HALF-PIPE 1. ROUTINE BY WINNER JAPAN'S TAKU HIRAOKA 2. PART OF ROUTINE BY SECOND PLACED IOURI PODLADTCHIKOV OF SWITZERLAND 3. PART OF ROUTINE BY THIRD PLACED SCOTT LAGO OF USA 4. HIRAOKA, PODLADTCHIKOV AND LAGO ON PODIUM 5. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) TAKU HIRAOKA SAYS: "That was such an smooth and easy ride! I really enjoyed that!" WOMEN'S SNOWBOARD HALF-PIPE 6. ROUTINE BY WINNER KELLY CLARK OF USA 7. PART OF ROUTINE BY SECOND PLACED HOLLY CRAWFORD OF AUSTRALIA 8. PART OF ROUTINE BY THIRD PLACED SOPHIE RODRIGUEZ OF FRANCE 9. KELLY CLARK CELEBRATING STORY: Kelly Clark of USA and Japan's Taku Hiraoka won the World Cup snowboard half-pipe competitions at Sochi, Russia on Thursday (February 14). The events were a chance for the riders to sample the facilities which will be used for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games at the resort in less than a year. Japan's 17-year-old snowboard rider Hiraoka took his first World Cup win with an assured run including a frontside 1080 and a double cork 1080. Second was reigning world champion Iouris Podladtchikov of Switzerland with Scott Lago of USA third. Lago, who is the 2010 Olympic bronze medallist, took over the World Cup overall lead with his third place. Veteran Kelly Clark of USA won her second World Cup event of the year with a routine that netted 88.25 points. Second was Australia's Holly Crawford with 78 and Sophie Rodriguez of France was third with 73.