14-year-old Hirano wins World Cup snowboard
NHK -- Aug 25
14-year-old Japanese snowboarder Ayumu Hirano has won his first World Cup Halfpipe title in his debut competition in New Zealand.

Hirano scored 92.25 points in the final on Saturday, maintaining the top position from Thursday's qualifying stage.

The junior high-school student from the central prefecture of Niigata is known for his high air performances. He came in second at the Winter X Games in January, beating most of his top rivals.

Source: NHK
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