The 2018 U.S. Olympic snowboard team is officially in place as the world gets ready for the winter games that begin in two weeks. The snowboard roster consists of 16 boarders that are under the age of 21; instantly making Shaun White the veteran of the group. Here’s a look at the snowboard team as it gears up for the opening ceremony on February 9th.
Men: Shaun White, Jake Pates, Chase Josey, and Ben Ferguson
Women: Kelly Clark, Chloe Kim, Maddie Mastro, and Arielle Gold
A total of 26 riders will suit up for team USA and none is more famous than Shaun White. The 31-year-old has been on the road to redemption these past four years after failing to medal in the last Olympic games. White’s solution was to re-focus his efforts on only one event: men’s halfpipe. After a radical change to his diet and training regimen, White appeared ready to dominate the sport once again. Then, he suffered an injury during a practice run that required more than 60 stitches to his face. All eyes will be on White when he takes the slope in PyeongChang.
Big Air Participants
Men: Kyle Mack, Chris Corning, Red Gerard, and Ryan Stassel
Women: Jamie Anderson, Hailey Langland, Julia Marino, and Jessika Jenson
The U.S. men’s and women’s teams have high hopes for the Big Air event that is making its Olympic debut. Four years ago, Jamie Anderson took home a gold medal in the inaugural slopestyle event. Could she make it two-for-two in new Olympic events with a gold in Big Air? Both Julia Marino and Hailey Langland are making their debuts in the winter games, but enter as two of the favorites for Big Air. As for the men’s side, Chris Corning is the favorite after a terrific year on the slopes. Ryan Stassel is the only male of the group who is not a first-time Olympian.