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Snowboarding at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games

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Snowboarding at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games

What you need to know about snowboarding at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games

Snowboarding at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games will be contested from Feb. 10-24, with medals awarded in ten different events.

Sochi in review

The slopestyle event made its Olympic debut in Sochi, and U.S. athletes swept the gold medals. Sage Kotsenburg landed a backside 1620 Japan, a trick he had never tried before, on his final jump to claim the men’s title. In the women’s competition, Jamie Anderson triumphed despite being in fifth place heading into her final run.

Switzerland's Iouri Podladtchikov successfully dethroned two-time Olympic halfpipe champion Shaun White. Podladtchikov, who is known as “I-Pod,” landed the cab double cork 1440 cleanly, while White did not. White finished fourth and did not earn any medals in Sochi. 

American Kaitlyn Farrington edged three Olympic champions to earn the women’s halfpipe gold medal. But she retired in 2015 at the age of 25 due to a congenital spine condition.

Russia’s Vic Wild, who was born in the United States, won two gold medals for the host country. While he will likely attempt to defend his parallel giant slalom title, he will not have the opportunity to repeat in parallel slalom because the event was removed from the Olympic program. 

Competitions

Big air will make its Olympic debut in PyeongChang, while parallel slalom was removed from the Olympic program:

  • Men's halfpipe
  • Men's slopestyle
  • Men's big air
  • Men's snowboard cross
  • Men's parallel giant slalom
  • Women's halfpipe
  • Women's slopestyle
  • Women's big air
  • Women's snowboard cross
  • Women's parallel giant slalom

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Venue

Snowboarding events will take place in two different venues in the PyeongChang Mountain Cluster. Big air will be held in the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre, while all other snowboarding events will take place in the Bokwang Snow Park.



Bokwang Snow Park

Bokwang Snow Park Credit: IOC / PyeongChang 2018

Athletes to watch

Men's halfpipe
 Danny Davis, United States
 Ben Ferguson, United States
 Taylor Gold, United States
 Ayumu Hirano, Japan
 Taku Hiraoka, Japan
 Scotty James, Australia
 Chase Josey, United States
 Iouri Podladtchikov, Switzerland
 Shaun White, United States

Men's slopestyle/big air
 Chris Corning, United States
 Red Gerard, United States
 Yuki Kadono, Japan
 Marcus Kleveland, Norway
 Mark McMorris, Canada
 Tyler Nicholson, Canada
 Max Parrot, Canada
 Staale Sandbech, Norway
 Sebastien Toutant, Canada
 Sven Thorgren, Sweden

Men's snowboard cross
 Alex Deibold, United States
 Nate Holland, United States
 Hagen Kearney, United States
 Alex Pullin, Australia
 Pierre Vaultier, France
 Omar Visintin, Italy

Men's parallel giant slalom
 Nevin Galmarini, Switzerland
 Benjamin Karl, Austria
 Zan Kosir, Slovenia
 Andreas Prommegger, Austria
 Vic Wild, Russia
 Radoslav Yankov, Bulgaria

Women's halfpipe
 Torah Bright, Australia
 Kelly Clark, United States
 Arielle Gold, United States
 Chloe Kim, United States
 Liu Jiayu, China
 Maddie Mastro, United States

Women's slopestyle/big air
 Jamie Anderson, United States
 Anna Gasser, Austria
 Hailey Langland, United States
 Julia Marino, United States
 Silje Norendal, Norway
 Spencer O'Brien, Canada
 Katie Ormerod, Great Britain

Women's snowboard cross
 Belle Brockhoff, Australia
 Lindsey Jacobellis, United States
 Michela Moioli, Italy
 Eva Samkova, Czech Republic
 Chloe Trespeuch, France

Women's parallel giant slalom
 Julia Dujmovits, Austria
 Patrizia Kummer, Switzerland
 Ester Ledecka, Czech Republic
 Tomoka Takeuchi, Japan
 Alena Zavarzina, Russia

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