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U.S. halfpipe skiers eye possible podium sweep

Torin Yater-Wallace

BRECKENRIDGE,CO - DECEMBER 11: Torin Yater Wallace mid air during half-pipe practice in the 2013 Dew Tour on December 11, 2013 in Breckenridge, Colorado. (Photo by Gabe L’Heureux/ Getty Images) *** Local Caption***Torin Yater Wallace

Gabe LHeureux

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Don’t blame the kids throwing tricks up at Phoenix Snow Park for America’s medal woes at the Winter Olympics.

One last chance at giving the U.S. medal haul a serious jolt awaits on Thursday, when halfpipe skiers Torin Yater-Wallace, David Wise, Alex Ferreira and Aaron Blunck face off in the finals with a legitimate shot at a podium sweep.

Blunck, Ferreira and Yater-Wallace took the top three spots in qualifying. Wise, the defending Olympic champion, finished eighth after opting for a safe second run following a wipeout during his first trip down the pipe. It’s exactly the scenario they envisioned when arriving in South Korea, even if they don’t talk about it."Some people might be, ‘Yeah, all right let’s go one, two, three on the podium,’” Yater-Wallace said. “It makes you start thinking too much about that kind of stuff. It’s inherent we would love for all four of us to be in the final, but I don’t think it needs to be spoken about.”

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