Big Air Snowboarding will make its debut as an Olympic competition this February, and the American women already have their eyes on the top prize. High-profile riders Jamie Anderson, Julia Marino, and Hailey Langland hope to take home gold medals when the upcoming games get underway in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
U.S. Women Athletes
Anderson is the veteran of the group and the most accomplished of any U.S. female boarder currently on the roster. Winning the brand new Big Air event would be nothing new for the 27-year-old. During the previous Olympic games, Anderson took home gold in the inaugural Slopestyle event. The California native continues to dominate in the Winter X Games, winning eleven medals overall. Her rise to boarding supremacy comes as no surprise as Anderson has been a mainstay on the slopes since the age of ten.
So far in this competition season though, Anderson has played second fiddle to younger boarders, Marino and Langland. The U.S. has high hopes for Marino after her strong showing at the Winter X Games. She collected a silver, two bronze medals, and eventually a gold in SlopeStyle. At only 17-years-old, Langland is already the hottest name in snowboarding. And perhaps Langland represents the country’s biggest hope in Big Air. She won the gold medal in the event at the previous X Games.
Big Air = Big Task
The Big Air competition resembles the finale jump of a normal SlopeStyle course. While the event is open to both skiiers and snowboarders, only snowboarding was added to the Olympics’ docket in 2018. And to date, the Americans have struggled mightily in the event. The country walked away from the world championships with zero medals in Big Air. Marino, Langland, and Anderson all finished in the top five at the Pyeongchang Big Air test run, but none of three was victorious. All three will look to take home gold when they take the ramp in February.