- Category: Snowboarding
- Published: Tuesday, 06 March 2018 16:04
- Written by Skylar Robinson
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American snowboarder Shaun White generated the most buzz entering the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, and deservedly so. The California native responded with one of the best efforts of his career, netting him a gold medal in the halfpipe event. But White was hardly the only story-line at the winter games. Here is a complete recap of all the snowboarding events that took place.
United States Dominance
On the men’s side, White was joined at the podium by fellow American Redmond Gerard, who took home gold in slopestyle. But those two medals would be all for the U.S. men in PyeongChang. It was up to the women to deliver more medals for the country, and the young crop of boarders definitely exceeded expectations. Jamie Anderson was outspoken about her desire to claim a title in the inaugural Big Air event. While she ended up getting silver in that event, she did claim the gold in slopestyle. And of course, 17-year-old Chloe Kim was the talk of the Olympics, winning the halfpipe event in her very first appearance.
Austria’s Anna Gaser deserved to be highlighted as she was the woman who upset Anderson in big air. Canada’s Sebastien Toutant won the men’s version, capping off a very fruitful competition for his home country. Canada finished second only to America with four medals overall. And just like Austria, the Switzerland team certainly made their win count – taking home one gold medal for men’s parallel giant slalom. When the 2022 games roll around, the United States may want to focus on the snowboard cross event. The country failed to medal in the strenuous competition
United States: four gold, two silver, one bronze, seven total
Canada: one gold, two silver, one bronze, four total
France: one gold, one silver, two total
Czech Republic: one gold, one bronze, two total
Austria: one gold, one total