Flip out for Olympic Snowboarding
This year’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics were very exciting with the best winter athletes coming together for two weeks to compete for the title of best in the world.
One of the most exciting and anticipated Winter Olympic events is snowboarding. There are many snowboarding events in the olympics, including slopestyle, halfpipe, snowboard cross, big air, and the giant parallel slalom. Snowboarding was one of the strongest areas for Team U.S.A. this year, and American athletes won four gold medals, two silver medals, and one bronze medal in the category.
The first snowboarding event was the slopestyle, where on the women’s side American Jaime Anderson defended the gold medal she earned in 2014, placing first and beating out athletes from Canada and Finland, who won silver and bronze respectively. In the men’s slopestyle, 17 year old Redmond Gerard became the youngest man ever to become a snowboarding champion, with two Canadian athletes winning silver and bronze.
In the women’s halfpipe, another 17 year old, American athlete Chloe Kim, won gold and did tricks no one else in the sport could perform. U.S.A. also took home the bronze medal, thanks to athlete Arielle Gold, while the silver medal went to China.
The men’s halfpipe was not very different for the U.S.A. longtime Olympian Shaun White became the only snowboarder to win the same event three times, at the 2006, 2010, and the 2018 Olympic Games. White beat out Japan’s Ayumu Hirano and Australia’s Scotty James for the gold medal.
During the Men’s Snowboard Cross, Pierre Vaultier of France defended his Olympic title that he earned during the 2014 Olympics, beating Australian Jarryd Hughes and Spaniard Regino Hernandez. On the women’s side, Italian Michela Moioli took gold while Julia Mabileau of France took silver and Eva Samková of Czech Republic took bronze.
In the women’s Giant Parallel Slalom, Czech athlete Ester Ledecka won gold, and beat two German athletes, Selina Jörg and Ramona Hofmeister. In the men’s, Swiss Olympian Nevin Galmarini took the gold medal, while South Korean Sang-ho Lee took silver and Slovenian Žan Košir took the bronze.
In the Big Air event, Canadian Sébastien Toutant took gold in a close race between silver and bronze finishers Kyle Mack from the U.S. and Billy Morgan from Great Britain. In the women’s, Austrian Anna Gasser took gold, while American Jamie Anderson took silver and New Zealander Zoi Sadowski-Synnott took bronze.
All athletes gave their best at the Olympics and I can’t wait to see more competition at the next Winter Olympics in Beijing in 2022.