Yater-Wallace wins halfpipe World Cup event



SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Torin Yater-Wallace led an American 1-2 finish Saturday in the men’s freestyle skiing halfpipe event, his second World Cup victory this season.

Switzerland’s Virginie Faivre won the women’s race ahead of two Canadians at Roza Khutor Extreme Park — the venue for halfpipe’s Olympic debut at next year’s Sochi Games.

Yater-Wallace fell at the end of his first run but responded in the second heat and was awarded 93.8 points. Gus Kenworthy also had a better second run to secure second place with 90.0 points. Canadian Mike Riddle had the best score in the first run but fell on his second attempt to finish third.

Faivre scored 80.8 points for her first World Cup victory this season. Rosalind Groenewoud was second with 79.0 and Keltie Hansen had 76.4 for third.