Sunday 19 August 2018

Ireland's 'Bubba' Newby misses out on halfpipe final after fall

Brendan Newby of Ireland in action during the Ski Halfpipe Qualifications on day eleven of the Winter Olympics at the Phoenix Snow Park in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Brendan Newby of Ireland in action during the Ski Halfpipe Qualifications on day eleven of the Winter Olympics at the Phoenix Snow Park in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
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Ireland's Brendan 'Bubba' Newby has failed to reach the final of the Men's Halfpipe qualification event at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

He finished 23rd overall with the top 12 advancing to the final.

The Cork born 21-year-old was 14th overall after his first run after a score of 53.80.

Needing to improve to push into the coveted top 12, Newbie pushed hard on his second run but suffered a fall. He suffered no ill-effects from the spill.

With the best of the two runs counting towards qualification, Newby had to settled for 23rd place at his first Winter Olympics.

“It's insane to be Ireland's first every freestyle skier and first ever half-piper,” he said. “I didn't think that would ever happen! After my run I had a few kids message me on Instagram, now that it has happened I don't want to be the last (Irish) freestyle skier. I want to get more people on the team, I want to get more people skiing for Ireland and get more people involved in what I love. This is the most fun thing you could ever do,” he enthused. “I hope I made it look like I was having a good time because I was!”

“This has been unreal. For the rest of my life I'm an Olympian. That's something I've wanted my entire life so for it to actually happen – I can't even put it into words!On the second run I just popped a little too hard. If you pop too hard on a half-pipe you kind of fall out of the sky pretty far and I just couldn't hold onto it. My hips were behind my feet (on landing) and when you're there it's a pretty tough position to get out,” he explained.

“My first run was good. I was just going out there fired up to go big and it worked. I had one more trick that I wanted to put down in my second run. It was just about improving. I didn't even know what place I was after the first run, I've only just found that out,” he admitted.

Brendan revealed that he had used a special technique to prepare him mentally: “Our Irish team slogan out here is 'dinna (dinner) time!' I was just yelling that out loud because the more you can distract your brain from thinking about it and getting in your head the easier it is! So (at the start) I just distracted myself with my good friend and coach Corey (Jackson) and Seamus (O'Connor), they were just helping to stoke me out.”

Ireland has one more skier in action in PyeongChang. Thomas Westgaard-Maloney will compete in the 50km Class mass start cross-country race on Saturday

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