HOMEGROWN snowboarder Kent Callister has missed out on a medal in the halfpipe event at the Winter Olympics in Sochi (picture courtesy of pcadvisor.co.uk).
Kent shifted from the Gold Coast to the US state of Oregon when he was young but still wanted to represent Australia.
He finished ninth in the halfpipe last night, countrymen Scotty James and Nate Johnstone failed to make it into the final.
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Australia’s Torah Bright will be in action in Sochi tonight.
She and her Coach, brother Ben, have been told to suck it up and stop whining about the halfpipe.
Canadian snowboarding veteran Crispin Lipscomb has seen every pipe in the world and said this one’s fine.
He told The Australian the wet snow is the problem, not the pipe’s design.
“Some athletes are taking the halfpipe conditions and using that as a way to vent their emotions,’’ Lipscomb said.
“We see halfpipes like this all the time, and we have done for years. Some people didn’t feel they needed to vent or place any kind of blame and some people did.”
Finally he added “I wish these professional athletes would have more compassion, or spend time with a cat cutter and sit there with the groomers and see what they deal with before getting so emotional.”
Norway leads the medal count with 11 medals, followed by Canada on 9 and The Netherlands pocketed 8.