The best thing about the Olympics is discovering talented athletes in a sport you have no prior knowledge about. In the case of Olympic snowboard slopestyle and Halfpipe, I was amazed by the awesome talents of these fellow snowboarders that were able to dominate in their sport even with the constant limelight that NBC chose to shine on Shaun White.
Max Parrot, Sebastien Toutant, and Mark McMorris represented Cananda in men’s snowboard slopestyle with McMorris taking home the bronze metal.
Sage Kostenberg won the first gold medal for USA at Sochi and also the first gold for the inaugural men’s snowboard slopestyle event. Rounding out the USA snowboard slopestyle team was Chas Guldemond and Ryan Stassel.
Stale Sandbech of Norway won the silver medal for men’s snowboard slopestyle.
Russian born Iouri Podladtchikov of Switzerland beat out two time gold medalist, Shaun White to snag gold in men’s snowboard halfpipe.
Danny Davis missed out on representing the US in Vancouver but finally made it to Sochi with fellow teammates Shaun White, Gregory Bretz and Taylor Gold.
Iouri Podladtchikov and Markus Keller Come Up at Arctic Challenge
Terje Haakonsen’s Arctic Challenge in Olso, Norway is one of the premiere events in snowboarding, and 2014 kept the tradition of innovation and originality alive. The standard halfpipe format was switched up with an open jam session and several skate style features on the deck for the riders to incorporate into their runs. Last year’s winner Iouri Podladtchikov was joined by fellow Vans team riders Arthur Longo and Markus Keller to ride the unique course. IPod killed it as usual and ended up in second place, while Markus stomped a tricky hand plant over the mail box to win Best Trick.