Snowboarding made its Olympic debut in Nagano in 1998. Fast forward twenty years later, and the sport is now one of the most anticipated events of the upcoming Winter Olympics taking place in PyeongChang. Here are some featured events set to occur from February 8 – 25th:
The slopestyle competition is certainly a favorite of the United States as the country swept the event in Sochi. Even more impressive was the fact that the slopestyle event was making its debut in the last Winter Olympic games. The event itself will take place on a course filled with several objects along the way. Rails and jump pads will await the boarders on their way down the slope.
The final score is based off the average marks of six judges. The judges score the riders on their rotations and overall techniques while maneuvering the course. The good news for the boarders is they get two tries at the slopestyle event in an effort to elevate their overall score.
Slopestyle will take place on February 10th.
America’s Shaun White will undoubtedly look for redemption during the halfpipe event. White was upset by Switzerland’s Iouri Podladtchikov in the 2014 games. He’ll try to redeem himself in PyeongChang by performing elaborate twists and rotations for the judges. The highest score that can be attained is 100. Just like the slopestyle events, boarders are required to perform their halfpipe tricks on two separate occasions.
The men’s halfpipe competition begins on February 13th.
Snowboarding fans will want to watch this event as big air makes its debut in PyeongChang. Big air features boarders performing tricks after launching from extreme elevations. Variations such as the backside 1440 are expected to be a part of the event. But, those tricks could be all for naught if the boarders fail to secure a safe landing.
Women’s big air is slated for February 22nd.