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Lift off for Canada’s Rocket Man Andrew Longino as Elton John inspires him to gold in men’s freeski halfpipe at Lausanne 2020

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Location: Leysin Park & Pipe, Switzerland

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A series of consistently impressive runs brought Andrew Longino of Canada gold in the men’s freeski halfpipe at the Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Lausanne 2020.

17-year-old Longino swapped his usual pre-event rap music playlist to the Elton John song Rocket Man after watching the film of the same name about the singer on his flight to Switzerland.

And Longino proved to be a Rocket Man – winning easily after posting a best score on the 160 metres-long course at Leysin Park and Pipe of 94.00. The silver medallist Hunter Carey from the United States posted 86.00 for his best score.

Bronze went to New Zealand’s Luca Harrington with a best score of 80.66.

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