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Wanaka freeskier Nico Porteous has claimed his first Freeski Halfpipe World Cup medal of the 2021/22 season with a second-place finish at Copper Mountain, Colorado.

The 10 finalists had three runs to put down their best score, judged on the difficulty, variety and execution of their tricks and the amount of amplitude they could gain above the lip of the 22-foot high superpipe.

Porteous was the top qualifier and the last competitor to drop into the pipe.

He had a first-run score of 93.5 to beat, with PyeongChang silver medallist Alex Ferreira (USA) holding the lead.

A clean run incorporating his left double cork 1620 was good for a score of 92.25, landing the Kiwi in second place with a step up run still up his sleeve.

Stormy conditions meant the pipe was running slow and competitors struggled to get the amplitude they needed for their biggest tricks.

Porteous added a new switch double 900 on his second run, giving him five doubles in one run for the first time, but the xecution was not clean enough to improve his first run score or nudge the American out of the top spot.

Unable to get a clean run down on his final attempt Porteous finished his day with a World Cup silver medal, a positive start to the season and good training ahead of the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympic Games in February.

“I’m really happy with the way I skied,” he said. “I gave it my all. I’ve never done a full run of doubles before, so I was happy with that. They weren’t the cleanest, so that’s something to work on in the future.”

Only two points separated the podium placegetters with Alex Ferreira taking gold with 93.5, Nico Porteous silver with 92.25 and Canadian Brendan Mackay bronze with 91.50 points.