The Yomiuri Shimbun KRASNAYA POLYANA—Yuki Kadono made it to the slopestyle final on Saturday and finished the event in eighth place with 75.75 points.
The first medal of the Sochi Games went to American Sage Kotsenburg, but Kadono was able to regain his form on the course and gain a top-10 finish in his first Olympic competition.
He was in the first group and ended Thursday’s preliminary round in 13th place but came back in the second round to finish fourth and reach the final.
“I have nothing to regret,” Kadono said. “I did all I could do.”
Kadono, 17, put the problems of the preliminary round behind him and the sense of accomplishment showed on his face.
“I figured my score wouldn’t improve if I played it safe,” he said about the final round.
On the third jump of his first run, Kadono pulled off a huge twisting Triple Cork 1440, but landed with his backside hitting first.
On his second run, his spins were sharp, he soared high into the air and he nailed the landing. However, his hands touched the snow at the end of his other jump and he wasn’t able to improve his score.
Still, the fact that he was able to battle back from a poor showing in the preliminary round with a score of 84.75 points in the semifinal was admirable.
He was able to overcome the damage done by two slip-ups on Day 1, and the fact that he generated speed in the early stages of his runs helped boost his scores.