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The Best photos from Day 1 of the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

1) Maylin Wende and Daniel Wende of Germany compete in the team pairs short program figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday in Sochi, Russia. (Ivan Sekretarev/AP)

2) Jeremy Abbott of the United States falls as he competes in the men’s team short program figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday in Sochi, Russia. (Bernat Armangue/AP)

3) Armin Zoeggeler of Italy has his feet and the track reflected in his helmet as he starts a run during a training session for the men’s singles luge ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (Dita Alangkara/AP)

4) The USA-2 sled, piloted by Jamie Greubel, starts a run during a training session for the women’s two-man bobsled at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (Dita Alangkara/AP)

 5) Semen Elistratov of Russia attends a short track speedskating practice session at the Iceberg Skating Palace ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday in Sochi, Russia. (Darron Cummings/AP) 6) Czech Republic’s Sarka Pancochova takes a jump during the women’s snowboard slopestyle qualifying at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (Sergei Grits/AP) More Day One photos from Sochi here
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Olympic snowborders that are not Shaun White.  

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.  

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR CANADIAN MEDALISTS!

In total they brought home NINETY medals!
& a HUGE congratulations to all of our athletes who didn’t medal. They all did an INCREDIBLE job and should be VERY proud of themselves. I know I am so proud of them.
& SO PROUD TO BE CANADIAN!

BRONZE MEDAL WINNERS

  • Jan Hudec [Super G]
  • Kim Lamarre [Ski Slopestyle]
  • Charle Cournoyer [500m Short Track]
  • Mark McMorris [Slopestyle]
  • Denny Morrison [1500m Speed Skating]

SILVER MEDAL WINNERS

  • Tessa Virtue [Team Ice Dance]
  • Scott Moir [Team Ice Dance]
  • Patrick Chan [Team Ice Dance]
  • Kaetlyn Osmond [Team Ice Dance]
  • Kevin Reynolds [Team Ice Dance]
  • Megan Duhamel [Team Ice Dance]
  • Eric Radford [Team Ice Dance]
  • Kristen Moore-Towers [Team Ice Dance]
  • Dylan Moscovitch [Team Ice Dance]
  • Tessa Virtue [Ice Dance]
  • Scott Moir [Ice Dance]
  • Patrick Chan [Free Skate]
  • Kelsey Serwa [Ski Cross]
  • Mike Riddle [Ski Halfpipe]
  • Mikael Kingsbury [Moguls]
  • Chloe Dufour-Lapointe [Moguls]
  • Marie-Eve Drolet [3000m Relay Short Track]
  • Valerie Maltais [3000m Relay Short Track]
  • Marianne St-Gelais [3000m Relay Short Track]
  • Jessica Hewitt [3000m Relay Short Track]
  • Dominique Maltais [Snowboard Cross]
  • Denny Morrison [1000m Speed Skate]

GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

  • Kaillie Humphries [Bobsleigh]
  • Heather Moyse [Bobsleigh]
  • Brad Jacobs [Curling]
  • Ryan Fry [Curling]
  • EJ Harnden [Curling]
  • Ryan Harnden [Curling]
  • Caleb Flaxey [Curling]
  • Dawn McEwen [Curling]
  • Jennifer Jones [Curling]
  • Kaitlyn Lawes [Curling]
  • Jill Officer [Curling]
  • Kristen Wall [Curling]
  • Marielle Thompson [Ski Cross]
  • Dara Howell [Ski Slopestyle]
  • Alex Bulodeau [Moguls]
  • Justin Dufour-Lapointe [Moguls]
  • Charles Hamelin [1500m Short Track]
  • Roberto Luongo [Hockey]
  • Carey Price [Hockey]
  • Mike Smith [Hockey]
  • Duncan Keith [Hockey]
  • Dan Hamhuis [Hockey]
  • Shea Weber [Hockey]
  • Drew Doughty [Hockey]
  • Jay Bouwmeester [Hockey]
  • Alex Pietrangelo [Hockey]
  • Marc-Edouard Vlasic [Hockey]
  • PK Subban [Hockey]
  • Matt Duchene [Hockey]
  • Patrick Sharp [Hockey]
  • Patrick Marleau [Hockey]
  • Chris Kunitz [Hockey]
  • Ryan Getzlaf [Hockey]
  • Jonathan Toews [Hockey]
  • John Tavares [Hockey]
  • Jamie Benn [Hockey]
  • Corey Perry [Hockey]
  • Martin St. Louis [Hockey]
  • Patrice Bergeron [Hockey]
  • Rick Nash [Hockey]
  • Jeff Carter [Hockey]
  • Sidney Crosby [Hockey]
  • Shannon Szabados [Hockey]
  • Genevieve Lacasse [Hockey]
  • Charline Labonte [Hockey]
  • Jocelyne Larocque [Hockey]
  • Lauriane Rougeau [Hockey]
  • Laura Fortino [Hockey]
  • Meaghan Mikkelson [Hockey]
  • Catherine Ward [Hockey]
  • Tara Watchorn [Hockey]
  • Meghan Agosta [Hockey]
  • Rebecca Johnston [Hockey]
  • Jennifer Wakefield [Hockey]
  • Gillian Apps [Hockey]
  • Caroline Ouellette [Hockey]
  • Melodie Daoust [Hockey]
  • Jayna Hefford [Hockey]
  • Brianne Jenner [Hockey]
  • Haley Irwin [Hockey]
  • Hayley Wickenheiser [Hockey]
  • Natalie Spooner [Hockey]
  • Marie-Philip Poulin [Hockey]
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Rome SDS have firmly nailed their colours to the mast with this project. 

It’s simple but beautiful: we believe. What they believe isn’t very controversial, you’ll find most snowboarders nodding in agreement with these statements, but it does set them apart from the competition. They believe “snowboard companies should be no more than half an hour from a chairlift”, not all companies are, but to them it’s important, it keeps them connected with the culture. They believe “snowboard companies should be owned by snowboarders”, They are, some others are too; but some are owned by skiers, or business men who see snowboarding as a profitable market, and that’s been damaging to the culture.

With this campaign Rome SDS are saying we’re with you, we’re snowboarders too. They understand the disappointment of melting snow, but having a car park barbecue on a warm spring day isn’t a bad way to end the season. They understand why people spend months living in a cramped apartment with too many people, and believe everyone should do it. While it is illegal in some countries, slow signs, picnic tables and mountain property are there to be jibbed, ollied and utilised in creative ways. They understand that snowboarding is everything from the art on your board to the grueling hike up a mountain; from the hour long chairlift line to the powder days with your friends.

What they believe is what we as snowboarders believe too. This campaign could have been run by Burton, Signal, YES or any other rider-owned company, but that’s what makes the idea work. Rome got there first, and it’s another well executed project from them. This campaign has been around a few years now but every time I see the posters, I start looking forward to the cramped apartments, student meals, long road trips and getting lost after misreading piste maps. There isn’t anything like it, Rome believe that, and I agree with them.