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.