Monday, April 21, 2014

A glance back at Sochi 2014 Snowboard Events

As in the freestyle skiing, snowboard gave an Olympic debut to two new events in Sochi, with slopestyle and parallel slalom, supplementing the existing events of snowboard cross, halfpipe and parallel giant slalom.

Again, it was the US athletes who grabbed centre stage, with Sage Kotsenburg and Jamie Anderson prevailing in slopestyle, which was also notable for giving Team GB its first ever Olympic medal on snow, as Jenny Jones claimed bronze to join Anderson on the podium.

20-years-old Sage Kotsenburg of the United States became the first gold medalist of the Sochi Winter Olympics on Saturday when he won the men's snowboard slopestyle event at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. Kotsenburg’s first run scored 93.50 and although some of his rivals put in high scores on their second runs, he held on for victory.
Norwegian Staale Sandbech (91.75) claimed silver with the penultimate run of the event while Mark McMorris of Canada took bronze with 88.75.

Jamie Anderson (USA) became the first female snowboarder to win an Olympic slopestyle gold. Putting down a majestic display, the 23-year-old recorded an incredible score of 95.25 in her second run, overhauling Enni Rukajarvi (FIN), who took silver.
Jenny Jones (GBR) claimed the bronze thanks to a second run score of 87.25, to give the British their first ever Olympic medal on snow.

In the halfpipe, Kaitlyn Farrington continued the US golden streak in the women’s competition, before Switzerland’s Iouri Podlatchikov caused a sensation in the men’s, throwing down his trademark “YOLO flip” to dethrone two-time reigning champion Shaun White of the USA, who didn’t even make the podium.

Swiss snowboarder "iPod" Iouri Podladtchikov produced one of the big upsets of the Olympics as he dethroned superstar Shaun White to win men's snowboard halfpipe gold.
It was the first time ever, that the so far leading halfpipe nation USA came away empty-handed while Russian born Swiss rider Iouri Podladtchikov claimed the first ever Olympic halfpipe medal for his home country after Gian Simmen had secured Gold in Nagano 1998.
Japanese riders Ayumu Hirano, the youngest Olympic medalist in snow events with 15 years and 74 days as well as 18-year-old Taku Hiraoka rounded out the podium as second and third thus making the land of the rising sun proud with the first ever Olympic snowboard medals.

Olympic newcomer Kaitlyn Farrington, who didn't make it to the finals from the qualifiers but then stepped it up in the semis, took home the fame and the glory with a super creative run relegating three former Olympic Champions, Torah Bright (AUS), Kelly Clark (USA) and Hannah Teter (USA) to second, third and fourth.
The 24-year-old from Idaho who had placed fourth at the 2013 FIS Snowboard World Champs earned the high score of 91.75 with edging off Torah Bright to second with only .25 separating them; Kelly Clark took Bronze with only 1.00 behind of Farrington.

Heading higher up the slopes at Rosa Khutor, in the men’s and women’s snowboard cross there was joy for Pierre Vaultier (FRA) and Eva Samkova (CZE) respectively.

Pierre Vaultier (FRA) won gold in the men's snowboard cross final at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games ahead of Nikolay Olyunin (RUS) and Alex Deibold (USA) today, in a sloppy wet final with heavy fog that made it hard to see at the top of the course.
Three-time Olympian Vaultier, 26, and 2010 Junior World Champion Olyunin, 22, both won each of their rounds leading up to the final and did not face one another until the final round.

Eva Samkova, the shooting star from the Czech Republic, kept the momentum after winning the last pre-Olympic World Cup race as well as grabbing Silver at the last X-Games storming to Gold in the ladies' Snowboard Cross event of the XXII Olympic Winter Games at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park today edging off Dominique Maltais (CAN) and Chloe Trespeuch (CZE) to second and third.

Meanwhile, there was a unique double for Russia’s Vic Wild, who took gold in both the parallel giant slalom and the inaugural parallel slalom, becoming the first snowboarder to top two podiums at the same Games.

Vic Wild (RUS), who became a Russian citizen two years ago, thrilled his adopted country and won the men's snowboard parallel giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games beating Nevin Galmarini (SUI) in the final head-to-head run at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.
Wild, a 28-year-old born in Washington state, previously competed for the United States but got frustrated with the lack of funding for downhill snowboarding.
He married Russian snowboarder Alena Zavarzina - who won Bronze in the women's event just minutes before Wild won Gold - and became a Russian citizen in 2012.

The Olympic debut of parallel slalom at the XXII Olympic Winter Games at Sochi provided a spectacular men's event with Vic Wild (RUS) crowning himself double Olympic Champion edging off Zan Kosir (SLO) and Benjamin Karl (AUT) to second and third in front of a roaring home crowd.

Pre-race favourite Patrizia Kummer (SUI) stayed on her feet on an icy (morning) and partly bumpy course to win gold in the ladies snowboard parallel giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games after beating red-hot Tomoka Takeuchi (JPN) in the final round at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park which became truly a duel of this season's best riders.
Alena Zavarzine (RUS) won the Bronze medal as a roaring partisan crowd cheered her on against Austria's Ina Meschik.

The penultimate day of the XXII Olympic Winter Games featured an historic result when the first ever Olympic parallel slalom took place at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. Julia Dujmovits (AUT) earned her chapter in the history books relegating German racers Anke Karstens and Amelie Kober to second and third respectively.
Julia Dujmovits crept through the rounds, to clinch gold in a dramatic final just 0.12 seconds ahead of Germany’s Anke Karstens.

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