• Kyodo


Olympic gold-medal hopeful Ayumu Hirano won the snowboard halfpipe crown at the season-ending Laax Open on Saturday, claiming his first overall World Cup championship in the process.

The two-time Olympic silver medalist sealed the result with his first run of the final, earning 93.25 points after setting the tone from his opening trick, a front-side double cork 1440 indy, involving four full rotations and two sideways inversions.

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