Recent Snowboarding News
Well, that’s over. Slopestyle has been unveiled to the masses. It’s come out from under its X Games-nurtured rock and spread its awesomeness over everything else that will happen in Sochi, Russia. And what a debut! It had excitement, it had drama, it had triple corks, it had suspense and it had drama (did we already say that?). In the end, it had a trio of snowboarders on the podium that exude exactly what the sport is all about: having fun and going big. Norwegian Stale Sandbech ended up with the silver medal, while Canada’s Mark McMorris, who landed two triple corks in his run, settled for Bronze. USA’s Sage Kotsenburg won Gold.
The stage is set. The qualifications and training and travel has passed. The goal now is simple: shine on the brightest stage in all of sport – the Olympics. Our top snowboarders and freeskiers have arrived to Sochi, Russia, prepared to step into the spotlight. A few have been on the Olympic stage before, but for most, this will likely be an experience like none other in their careers. The presence of action sports in the Olympics has increased dramatically for this XXII Winter Olympics Games. Snowboarding made its first foray into the Olympics in 1998 in Nagano, Japan when Halfpipe made its debut. This year, Snowboard Slopestyle and Freeskiing Halfpipe and Slopestyle join the frey, and all of a sudden the Olympics are a bit more exciting, a bit more hip – a bit more relevant (yes, we’re sure there are heaps of young people influenced both athletically and culturally by Biathlon).
If what went down at Winter X Games over the past four days is any indication of what will happen in Sochi in two weeks, the biggest event in sports is in for quite the show. In what has come to be a sort of annual tradition, the tricks got bigger and gnarlier and new names were added to the action sports conversation.