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Women's big air medals awarded in PyeongChang

22 February, 2018, 09:58 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • In this multiple exposure image Laurie Blouin of Canada jumps during qualification for the women’s Big Air snowboard competition

"I think people will be blown away". She didn't even come close to the podium there, likely because of the many risks she took, and she'll be looking to make up for that performance in the Big Air. "On that last one I thought I was going big, but it just didn't work for me unfortunately".

The event making its debut for snowboarding featured a progressive contest by the women's riders.

Snowboarding's big air discipline is among extreme sports added to the Olympic programme in recent years as officials seek to widen the Winter Games' appeal among a younger demographic. It all makes big air one of the big events to watch at this year's Olympics.

In the final, the riders each had to land two different tricks, spinning different ways, and the total score decided the victor.

Team-mate Julia Marino is also among the contenders, although she generally tends to perform better in the slopestyle events.

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With three total medals for her career, Anderson now joins Kelly Clark and Shaun White as the sport's only three-time Olympic medalists.

That's when Gasser landed her cab double cork 1080, which earned a 96 from the judges (the highest score awarded to any individual trick) and vaulted her above Anderson into first place.

The snowboarders gave a thumbs up to the big air facility here, saying it allowed them to land their best tricks.

In PyeongChang, we will see the world's biggest big air ramp, standing at 160 feet tall.

Gasser was one of the few who didn't hold back in this year's slopestyle event, which was plagued by awful weather conditions.


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