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Fall Costs Ireland's Seamus O'Connor Badly In The Half-Pipe At The Winter Olympics

Fall Costs Ireland's Seamus O'Connor Badly In The Half-Pipe At The Winter Olympics

Seamus O'Connor finished 18th in the half-pipe qualifying session at the Winter Olympics. The top 12 in the group progressed to the final.

The 20-year-old, competing in his second Olympics, sat in 13th at the half-way stage after scoring 65.50 on his opening run.

However, a slip on the final trick of his second run cost him badly. O'Connor said after the event that he knew he had to give it everything on that final run.

Obviously I would like things to have gone a little better but I'm down here at the bottom of the pipe in one piece with a smile on my face in my second Olympics so I can't complain.

I knew I had to go for absolutely everything in that second run. Unfortunately, just on that last landing, I kind of slipped out a little bit.

It's the biggest trick of my run, a front-side 1260 which is three and a half rotations and here in PyeongChang was the first time I'd done it in over two years. It was really close but that's how snowboarding half-pipe is. You're either on it or really close but not quite there.

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This was O'Connor's first run of qualifying.

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