Men's Snowboarding Slopestyle Olympics 2014: Full Qualifier Results and Scores

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 6, 2014

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 06:  Mathias Weissenbacher of Austria competes in the Men's Slopestyle Qualification during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
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The Sochi Winter Olympics have begun with a spot of slopestyle snowboarding in the Russian snow.

Four places in the men's final were up for grabs during both qualification heats. These pit challengers with performing flips, grabs and other tricks down a terrain of rails and jumps along the Caucasus Mountains. 

Six judges were on point to dish out the scores, all of which are marked out of 100. Difficulty, creativity and final execution are the main criteria to satisfy, while a little originality also goes a long way.

Let's take a look at the men's qualification scores, per the Winter Olympics' official website.

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 06:  Peetu Piiroinen of Finland competes in the Men's Slopestyle Qualification during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
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Men's Slopestyle Snowboarding Qualification Results, Heat 1
Heat RankNameNationBest Score
1.Staale Sandbech*NOR94.50
2.Peetu Piiroinen*FIN90.75
3.Sebastian Toutant*CAN87.25
4.Jamie Nicholls*GBR86.75
5.Charles GuldemondUSA86.00
6.Billy MorganGBR85.50
7.Niklas MattssonSWE82.75
8.Emil Andre UlslettenNOR79.75
9.Charles ReidCAN75.50
10.Alexey SobolevRUS63.00
11.Scotty JamesAUS44.00
12.Lucien KochSUI32.00
13.Yuki KadonoJPN31.00
14.Mattias WeissenbacherAUT28.75
15.Torgeir BergremNOR25.00
*qualfies for the final, info via sochi2014.com

Heat 1 Recap

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 06:  Lucien Koch of Switzerland competes in the Men's Slopestyle Qualification during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
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Staale Sandbech recovered from a disappointing opening run to claim the dominant score of the first heat. The Norwegian fell during his initial attemptproducing a measly score of 45.25but the medal contender only needed one more opportunity to highlight his potential.

A second-run score of 94.50 sets the pace right now, but Sandbech certainly can't afford to relax. Peetu Piiroinen is ranked No. 1 for this competition and posted two excellent attempts down the Russian course.

The 25-year-old opened with 90.75 and followed this with an 80.00. Such was the power of his first score, Piiroinen wasn't ousted by Canada's Sebastien Toutant or Jamie Nicholls of Great Britain, who both qualified with second runs of 87.25 and 86.75 respectively.

Nicholls can be especially pleased with his effort after bumping Charles Guldemond, who is ranked No. 2, away from the automatic qualification spots, as noted by NBC journalist Skyler Wilder:

Guldemond will now have to improve his game in the semifinals if he is to make the medal contest on Feb. 8.

Men's Slopestyle Snowboarding Qualification, Heat 2
Heat RankNameNationBest Score
1.Maxence Parrot*CAN97.50
2.Roope Tonteri*FIN95.75
3.Sven Thorgren*SWE94.25
4.Gjermund Braaten*NOR91.25
5.Seppe SmitsBEL91.00
6.Clemens SchattschneiderAUT90.00
7.Mark McMorrisCAN89.25
8.Sage KotsenburgUSA86.50
9.Ryan StasselUSA81.00
10.Jan ScherrerSUI74.50
11.Ville PaumolaFIN54.75
12.Janne KorpiFIN49.75
13.Seamus O'ConnorIRL40.00
14.Adrian KrainerAUT24.25
*qualifies for the final, info via sochi2014.com

Heat 2 Recap

Sandbech may have impressed during the opening heat, but the overall performance of Maxence Parrot stole the show by the day's conclusion. He was the first rider to take on the 3rd rail feature, and after successfully doing so, felt the benefit on his score, per Jason Blevins of The Denver Post:

Roope Tonteri previously took top spot with an impressive 95.75, blitzing his first-run mistake of 33.75. He was followed closely by Sven Thorgren, who botched his second landing after posting a nerve-calming opener of 94.25.

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 06:  Emil Andre Ulsletten of Norway competes in the Men's Slopestyle Qualification during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
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Gjermund Braaten became the second Norwegian to confirm his place in the final with a handy 91.25, building on Sandbech's excellent showing with a confident performance of his own.

American riders didn't enjoy the same success during qualification, with zero gaining an automatic route to the final.

Current slopestyle hotshot Mark McMorris attempted to match the stunning form of Canadian teammate Parrot, but he fell heavily during his first effort. McMorris, regarded by many as a favourite for gold, also failed to qualify with a second score of 89.25—a total that appeared harsh on inspection, as noted by American TV presenter Sal Masekela:

Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald followed with a statement from McMorris discussing the score:

Although this would have been enough to easily advance through Heat 1, he will compete in Feb. 8's semifinal for a place in the medal run.