Nico Porteous wins gold in men’s freeski halfpipe

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Nico Porteous has won a gold medal in the men’s freeski halfpipe final in Beijing.

The Wanaka freeskier had a sensation first run on the Olympic course. He landed a thrilling combination of back-to-back 1620s, to score 93 points.

His secon run wasn’t as good and he crashed out on his final run, but held onto that lead to win the gold.

Porteous is the current world champion and now has a gold to match the bronze he won in Pyeongchang four years ago

“I’m so, so happy and I’m currently over the moon. I still can’t really believe it,” said Porteous

Brother Miguel Porteous also competed in the event, finishing 11th.

Porteous’ gold medal is only the second for New Zealand at the Winter Olympics, after Zoi Sadowski-Synnott won the country’s first ever Winter Olympics Gold in the women’s slopestyle event.

BEIJING, CHINA – FEBRUARY 19 : David Wise of Team United States wins the silver medal, Nico Porteous of Team New Zealand wins the gold medal, Alex Ferreira of Team United States wins the bronze medal during the Olympic Games 2022, Men’s Freestyle Halfpipe on February 19, 2022 in Zhangjiakou China. (Photo by Michel Cottin/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

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