Shaun White leads halfpipe qualifying

Conditions were warm and the bottom of the pipe was slow because of granular, slushy snow. But many of the riders said some of the problems they faced with the overly vertical shaping of the pipe have been improved. The previously announced change would have had riders compete only in a "semifinal."

"It's going to be tricky, but it's going to really show the good actual snowboarder," Britain's Dominic Harington said after being eliminated. "If you're good at snowboarding, you should be able to get on your back foot and you should prepare for the bumps, so you should know how to deal with it."

Davis said Monday that the run needed a lot of work, while 2006 gold medalist Hannah Teter, who will compete in the women's contest Wednesday, called the halfpipe "crap."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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