Everything went to plan — Harrington

Wanaka skier Luca Harrington competes in his final run of the men's freeski halfpipe at the Winter Youth Olympics in Lausanne, France, yesterday. Harrington posted a best score of 80.66 to secure the bronze medal. Photo: Getty Images
Wanaka skier Luca Harrington competes in his final run of the men's freeski halfpipe at the Winter Youth Olympics in Lausanne, France, yesterday. Harrington posted a best score of 80.66 to secure the bronze medal. Photo: Getty Images
Luca Harrington will return from Switzerland with the best souvenir he could have hoped for.

The Wanaka freeskier has claimed a bronze medal in the halfpipe at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne.

After placing first in the qualification round, the 15-year-old maintained his top-three placing in the finals.

He posted a best score of 80.66 to secure bronze.

‘‘Everything went to plan. The pipe was good, the sun was out and it was a great day,’’ he said.

‘‘It was amazing out there and I’m just super grateful.’’

The halfpipe medallists (from left) Hunter Carey (silver), Canadian Andrew Longino (gold) and Harrington pose during the mascot ceremony. Photo: Getty Images
The halfpipe medallists (from left) Hunter Carey (silver), Canadian Andrew Longino (gold) and Harrington pose during the mascot ceremony. Photo: Getty Images
Canadians Andrew Longino finished first with a score of 94.00, while American Hunter Carey claimed silver with 86.00.

Arrowtown’s Max McDonald finished fourth on 76.00.

Harrington was 10th in the men’s slopestyle a day earlier.

He said that spurred him on to the podium yesterday.

‘‘I got pretty nervous at the top of the halfpipe but as soon as I dropped in everything disappeared from my mind except me, my skis and the pipe.

‘‘I’m so happy with how everything went today.”

It was New Zealand’s first individual medal of the Games, following the gold and bronze won in the mixed-nation ice hockey by Katya Blong and Axel Ruski-Jones respectively.

He is now even more driven to achieve his goal of competing at the next Winter Olympic Games in Beijing in 2022.

Today he competes in the big air event, alongside McDonald, and fellow Kiwis Ben Barclay and Mitch Davern.

In other events, Campbell Wright was 32nd in the 10km cross-country ski, while Will Becker’s mixed-nation curling team was beaten 10-5 by a Russia-France team.

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