KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — All four U.S. Olympic halfpipe snowboarders advanced after intense qualifying rounds that revealed snowboarding's rapid progression as well as the widespread deployment of the once-rare double-cork in the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Tuesday.

California's Shaun White and Danny Davis advanced directly to the Tuesday night final, with very different runs. White led with technical prowess as he aims for his third Olympic gold medal, posting the highest score of qualifying with 95.75 points.

White celebrated his bye into finals by leaping over the media fence to chat with thrilled fans.

Davis offered more traditional yet flamboyant tricks, scoring 92 points, the fourth-highest of the day. Six riders advanced directly to finals, including Japan's Ayumu Hirano and Taku Hiraoka, and Swiss riders Christian Haller and David Habluetzel.

Steamboat Springs rookie Taylor Gold spun dizzying double corks to score 87.50 and qualify third in the 12-rider semifinal, which includes California's Greg Bretz and the medal-contending Swiss rider Iouri Podladtchikov.

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