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Ferguson, Callister of Bend qualify for halfpipe final

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Shaun White has won halfpipe qualifying at the Pyeongchang Olympic Games and will drop in last for what's shaping up as an epic final.

The two-time gold medalist scored a 98.5 to edge Australia's Scotty James for the prime spot in Wednesday's three-run final.

Sochi silver medalist Ayumu Hirano of Japan finished third.

Hirano won the Winter X Games last month with back-to-back 1440-degree double corks, a combination that had never been successfully landed in competition. White has said he's working on the same tricks, while James has the most technically on-point package in the game.

Also in the 12-man final will be Americans Jake Pates and Chase Josey, along with Ben Ferguson from Bend, Oregon. 

Kent Callister also qualified. He lives in Bend but has dual citizenship and rides for Australia. 

KOIN 6 News contributed to this report. 


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