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O'Connor qualifies for Slopestyle semi-final


IRELAND'S Séamus O'Connor has qualified for the Slopestyle semi-finals on Saturday after finishing in 13th place in this morning's heat at the opening event of the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The 16-year-old snowboarder enjoyed a decent start to the Games, with a score of 33.50 in his first run before improving on that with a score of 40.00 on his second run.

That second run score would have been much higher had he not landed poorly at the end, after attempting a difficult triple cork.

O'Connor will also compete in the half-pipe event, which gets under way on Tuesday.