Japanese snowboarder has tricks, height for Olympic gold

by on January 24, 2018

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — His first name, loosely translated into English, means “Walk the Dream .” No wonder, then, that back home in Japan, expectations soar nearly as high as snowboarder Ayumu Hirano’s jumps above the halfpipe. Hirano stands at only 5-foot-3 (1.61 meters) but his newest tricks are huge. He’s been working on stringing together back-to-back 1440s — a 1440 is the toughest trick in the halfpipe — and if he pulls it off next month at the Winter Olympics in South Korea, he could find himself at the top of the podium — above Shaun White, above Australia’s Scotty James, above defending champion Iouri Podladtchikov (iPod for short) and all the other contenders in snowboarding’s…
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