Snowboarder Wins Gold in Skiing Super-G Against Lindsey Vonn at 2018 Winter Olympics

We normally don’t report on skiing events, but this is just too good to be true. Primarily a snowboarder, 22-year-old Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic won the women’s super-G gold on skis at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea against Lindsey Vonn and a bunch of other skiers that we have never heard of. Most importantly, she beat Lindsey Vonn, which now makes us understand why Lindsey was so adamant about separating skiing and snowboarding in her statements last year. She was afraid of losing, and that fear has officially come to fruition, getting knocked off the podium and ending up in sixth place while Ledecka claimed gold with a time of 1:21.11.

It was a historic first, marking Ester as the first athlete to ever compete in both skiing and snowboarding at the Olympics, and what a way to come out swinging. Vonn was quoted after saying, “I wish I had as much athleticism as she has that I could just hop from sport to sport and just, like, win everything. But unfortunately, I’m only good at ski racing – and she still beat me.”

The story just keeps getting better. Already focusing on another event, NBC supposedly reported that an Austrian had won, not even giving the 26th position skier a chance to pull off the upset. And then the 26th position skier, or snowboarder we should say (Ledecka), borrowed a pair of American phenom Mikaela Shiffrin’s skis, and proceeded to create arguably the biggest upset of the 2018 Winter Olympics. “I was probably the only snowboarder on site. All the other girls didn’t risk a lot. There must be a lot of pressure on them. I was just trying to do my best run.” -Ester Ledecka.

From all of snowboarding, we would just like to say thanks Ester, and good luck in your next race!

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Shaun White Wins Men’s Halfpipe Gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics

Words: Mary Walsh
Photos: Mark Clavin

The mainstream media would have you believe that the men’s halfpipe finals at the 2018 Winter Olympics are a battle of one. A rematch, four years in the making between one American rider and the halfpipe gold that evaded him in Sochi: Shaun White verses the PyeongChang pipe. It’s a story of redemption: Shaun earned gold in Turin in 2006 and in Vancouver in 2010, but wasn’t able to put a podium run together in Russia–he fell on his third and final run. But while Shaun was surely chasing a medal in today’s finals in the Bogwang Phoenix Park in South Korea, his story is one layer within the four years of evolving men’s halfpipe competition that has churned since the last Winter Games and was presented to the world via the whole of the twelve Olympics finals riders from the US, Japan, Australia, Switzerland, and Finland in one of the wildest pipe finals contests to date. And while Shaun’s story is paramount, the overarching theme is that men’s pipe riding is in a very incredible place, one filled with back-to-back double corks alongside massive methods and airs-to-fakie.

As the morning of Wednesday, February 14, 2018 opened up in South Korea, the men’s pipe contest was anyone’s to win and from the very beginning, the riders pulled no punches. Switzerland’s Patrick Burgener put down the first full pull. Japan’s Raibu Katayama and USA’s Chase Josey followed closely behind, moving their way up the ranking. Scotty James broke into the 90’s as the second-to-last in the dropping order when he showed up and threw down a first-hit double cork twelve sixteen feet above the lip, as well as a switch backside double cork twelve on his last hit. He was rewarded for his efforts with a 92.00. Scotty’s reign at the top was brief though, as Shaun White unleashed an enormous double 1440 on the very first wall, kicking off a run that the judges would award a 94.25 and setting the bar very, very high for the remaining two runs. But, even a run that appears practically unbeatable–like Shaun’s first go–is not invincible. On this day in South Korea, the men’s halfpipe pipe finals would be a battle until the end.

Ayumu Hirano burst onto the snowboarding scene in 2011 when, at age twelve, he won the Burton Junior Jam, flying as high as his senior counterparts. In 2013, he competed at his first X Games Aspen, clenching a silver medal. In 2014, he won his first Olympic medal in silver. And since then, Ayumu’s uncanny ability to send it clear into the stratosphere with an unflinching style has earned him not only plenty of podiums, but admiration within snowboarding. As the Japanese rider dropped into the PyeongChang pipe for his second run, he effortlessly floated a giant backside air, back-to-back double 1440’s (frontside to cab) and back-to-back double 1260’s (frontside to double McTwist). The scoreboard flashed 95.25 and Ayumu moved into first, one point in the lead. But again, it wasn’t over.

Watch Ayumu’s silver medal run here:

In likely the heaviest men’s halfpipe contest to date, the top of the podium essentially mandated back-to-back 1440s and back-to-back twelves in a single go. That is a mental concept: two double cork fourteens and two double twelves. During the third attempts, banner runs were put down by Ferguson, Burgener, and Josey–they ended fourth, fifth, and sixth, respectively. Scotty James’ first run would remain his best and he ended the day with a very respectable bronze medal. Ayumu Hirano tried to better his second run score and advance his lead in his third run, but washed out, leaving an opportunity for White’s final push to regain the lead position. Shaun White performs under pressure, and as the world watched, Shaun dropped, blasted back-to-back 1440’s and followed it up with a double McTwist to a frontside 1260. The run he needed, when he needed it. The judges tabulated their scores: 97.75 and Shaun White had won his third Olympic gold. Redemption had been achieved, Shaun had risen, once again, to the top of the podium, sharing it with two very deserving peers. The collective bar of men’s pipe riding once again raised to an unprecedented level.

Enormous congratulations to every rider who dropped into the PyeongChange pipe and especially to Shaun, Ayumu, and Scotty for adding to their medal collections. Nice work, gentlemen!

Watch Shaun White’s winning run here:

RESULTS
Gold – Shaun White, USA – 97.75
Silver – Ayumu Hirano, Japan – 95.25
Bronze – Scotty James, Australia – 92.00
Fourth – Ben Ferguson, USA – 90.75
Fifth – Patrick Burgener, Switzerland – 89.75
Sixth – Chase Josey, USA – 88.00
Seventh – Raibu Katayama, Japan – 87.00
Eighth – Jake Pates, USA – 82.25
Ninth – Jan Scherrer, Switzerland – 80.50
Tenth – Kent Callister, Australia – 62.00
Eleventh – Yuto Totsuka, Japan – 39.25
Twelfth – Peetu Piiroinen, Finland – 13.50

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Shaun White’s Gold Medal Winning Run From Halfpipe Finals at the 2018 Winter Olympics

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Scotty James and Ayumu Hirano Full Qualifying Runs From Men’s Halfpipe at the 2018 Winter Olympics

Watch Scotty James’ top qualifying run, above:

Qualifying second and third respectively, Scotty James and Ayumu Hirano both put down incredible runs during men’s halfpipe qualifiers at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. We thought it would be worth revisiting them before halfpipe finals go down tonight. Both riders have the ability to make things a lot more difficult for Shaun White to secure gold, and we can’t wait to see what happens.

Watch Ayumu’s top qualifying run here:

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Chloe Kim Wins Women’s Halfpipe Gold Medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics

Words: Mary Walsh
Photos: Mark Clavin

While a myriad of countries were represented by pipe phenoms in Pyeongchang, the American women came in hot to Korea this year, boasting a depth of talent seen in few other Olympic events across the board. Five-time Olympian and winningest snowboarder of all time, Kelly Clark; two-time Olympian Arielle Gold, who was sidelined in Sochi due to injury and eager for her second attempt at The Games; rising halfpipe wunder-rider, Maddie Mastro; and of course, reigning pipe royalty, Chloe Kim, looking to add the only missing metal to her ever-growing collection. While these four were perhaps the strongest contenders for a scounty-sweep since Powers, Kass, and Thomas took top three in Salt Lake in 2002, formidable riders, including Spain’s Queralt Castellet and China’s Cai Xuetong and Liu Jiang prepared to offfers both high airs and lofty spins to the pipe proceedings. Snowboarding legend, Todd Richards was on hand narrate the event for NBC providing a venerable voice of reason as he explained snowboarding to the better part of North America (also a nod to Craig McMorris who provided the commentary for the CBC) as one of the most highly anticipated and most-viewed events at the Olympics.

The ladies of halfpipe surely didn’t disappoint. From the very beginning of finals, the resounding message from every rider that dropped was that women’s halfpipe riding is in a very good place. 900’s were de riguer. Backside and frontside airs towered high overhead the deck. The 1080, a trick first landed in women’s competition by Kelly Clark in 2011 and first done back-to-back by Chloe Kim in 2016, was landed or attempted by nearly every rider. The tide continues to rise and while today’s Olympic event was a banner day for women’s halfpipe, the collective crew of riders involved showed the world that they’re only interested in going higher.

Four years ago, as her fellow competitors and pipe peers headed to Russia, Chloe Kim remained at home. She was technically the top qualifier to the 2014 games, but at only 13-years-old, she was just shy of being old enough to compete per Olympic regulation. Since then, Chloe’s abilities have only increased and as her riding has become progressively more explosive, the hype surrounding the SoCal-born boarder has simultaneously snowballed. But while many things fall short of the hype around them (Star Wars Episodes 1-3, staying out for one more drink, anything involving a Kardashian, etc.), Chloe Kim continually exceeds expectations and her first Olympic showing was, of course, no exception. Dropping into run one, Chloe was as fluid and collected as ever, sending it sky high above the coping for a massive method, and setting the bar with a clean frontside ten, followed by back-to-back nines. She jumped nearly ten points ahead of the next best score with a 93.75 and wouldn’t look back the remainder of the event.

Kelly Clark, whose storied contest career has garnered her a gold medal in the 2002 Olympics and two bronzes, in 2010 and 2014, ended the day just below the podium in fourth place. True to form, each run she provided stratosphere-level airs and effortlessly-landed tricks. Savant from Spain, Queralt Castellet, came out firing, not only with some of the most picturesque first-hit methods, but in her final run, massive back-to-back nines and an attempt at a 1080, though she wasn’t able to ride it out. Maddie Mastro, whose rise into the upper ranks of the competition circuit has been explosive of late, landed in last place for the day, but her unwillingness to settle for a safety run, coming out of the gates and dropping fast into enormous 1080 attempts, was a confident foreshadowing of her lofty future in the four years to come.

Arielle Gold, coming off a silver at X Games Aspen in January, was the last individual to qualify for today’s finals and kicked off the competition in South Korea with the first drop. It wasn’t until her third run that Arielle moved into top three contention, building upon the momentum from her second attempt with a 1080 to 720 at the top of the pipe and a front nine to Michalchuk at the bottom. She was awarded an 85.75 from the judges and a definitive shot at her first podium at the Winter Games. Standing at the bottom of the pipe through the rest of the contest, with just two riders to go the Steamboat Springs local was assured her first Olympics hardware, a well-deserved bronze.

Earning Pyeongchang silver was China’s Liu Jiayu. Her second run was her best, including a big backside air on her first hit that was followed up by a 720 to a 900. During her third run, she attempted to better her score of 89.75 with a ten of her own, but was unable to put down the landing gear, riding away with a respectable second place and leaving the walls open for Chloe Kim’s victory lap. For Chloe, this victory lap could have been easy airs and kicked-out methods–the crowd still would have cheered, her peers still would have hugged her, viewers back home still would have posted in their Instagram stories. But instead, Chloe dropped in and sent a front ten and followed by a cab ten, bettering her score by almost five points and earning a 98.25.

RESULTS
Gold – Chloe Kim, USA – 98.25
Silver – Liu Jiayu, China – 89.75
Bronze – Arielle Gold, USA – 85.75

Sunday in the Park 2018: Episode 6

Sunday In The Park 6 at Bear Mountain features Drayden Gardner, River Richer, Evan Stum, Austin Johnson, Anthony Slater, Lenny Mazzotti, Kody Williams, and Don Wheeler.

Filming/Editing: Kyle Schafer @jupiterpeopleMotion

Graphics: Kyle Schafer @jupiterpeople

Photo: Jeep Eddy @jeepeddy

Songs: La Femme – Anti Taxi, Jazz Cartier – Just In Case

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Winter is here: Mammoth Mountain Opening Weekend kicks off 2017-18 Season – Winter has returned to the Eastern Sierra.

Winter has returned to the Eastern Sierra.

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Deep Powder and Buried Sleds with Victor De Le Rue | Arcadia

Whether he is the snowmobile champion of the world or not, Victor De Le Rue can rip. The proof is in the powder. For his first official trip of the season filming for Arcadia, the French rider went international and paid a visit to his costars, The Manboys, in Whistler, BC. Featuring Charles Reid, DCP, Rusty Ockenden, and more, it looks like these guys are in much more of a mid-season form than a crew just getting started.

Be on the lookout for the movie dropping on iTunes on October 10, 2017 or check out the premiere schedule to watch it at one of its many stops around the world.

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Win Victor De Le Rue’s Board, Boots, and Accessories | Arcadia

Arcadia has officially started its world tour of premieres, and we are giving you a chance to win the kit of the riders featured in the project. This week, you can enter for the chance to win Victor de Le Rue‘s go-to kit featuring a pair of size nine Vans Verse Boots, Vans Slip-ers, a Nitro 157cm Team Board, and a grip of Buff Headwear accessories, all courtesy of the famous Frenchman. Enter below by filling out all of the fields and wait until THIS SATURDAY, October 7, when we announce the winner.

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Win Halldor Helgason’s Board, Bindings, and Accessories | Arcadia

Arcadia has officially started its world tour of premieres, and we are giving you a chance to win the kit of the riders featured in the project. This week, you can enter for the chance to win Halldor Helgason‘s go-to kit featuring a Halldor Pro Model Lobster snowboard, his Pro Model Switchback Bindings, two pairs of VZ Goggles, a pair of VZ sunglasses, and a case of Monster. Enter below by filling out all of the fields and wait until THIS SATURDAY, September 30, when we announce the winner.

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Win Bear Mountain Season Pass and Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails Tickets with Jordan Small | Arcadia

Welcome to Jordan Small’s rider week!

We will be releasing exclusive content every day relating to his past season filming for TransWorld SNOWboarding’s Arcadia.

As a part of stoking everyone out on Arcadia‘s upcoming movie release, we are giving you a chance to win a season pass to Bear Mountain along with four tickets to the biggest winter kickoff party around, Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails. Set for Sept. 23 under the SoCal sun, watch Jordan Small and the rest of the competitors compete in one of the top rail jams of the season! Not to mention Method Man and Redman, DJ Snoopadelic, Andrew W.K. and Tomorrows Bad Seeds playing throughout the day. Enter below by filling out all of the fields and wait until when we announce the winner later this week!

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Win Victor Daviet’s Board, Bindings, and Accessories | Arcadia

To stoke everyone out on Arcadia‘s upcoming movie release, we are giving you a chance to win the kit of the riders featured in our project. After giving away BYND X MDLS’s kits last week, we are now giving you the chance to win Victor Daviet‘s go-to kit in this weeks giveaway: a Salomon Assassin board, Hologram bindings, Smith Squad XL Goggles, along with Dakine bags, mitts, and accessories.. Enter below by filling out all of the fields and wait until THIS SATURDAY, September 16, when we announce the winner.

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Win BYND X MDLS’s Boards, Bindings, and Outerwear

To MDLS and BYND! For the first installment of BYND X MDLS’s Arcadia rider week, we thought it would be fair to go two for one, just like the BYND X MDLS crew. We are giving you the chance to win boards, bindings, and outerwear from Tor Lundstrom and Kevin Backstrom‘s latest season filming with TransWorld SNOWboarding.

The first winner selected will go home with Tor’s kit: a 686 Riot Jacket & Raw Pant, Switchback Session Bindings, a Bateleon Jam Snowboard, and a case of Monster Energy Drink. Second winner selected will pick up Kevin’s Capita Outerspace Living snowboard, as well as a case of Monster.

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Win Alek Oestreng’s Board, Bindings, and Accessories | Arcadia

Welcome to Alek Oestreng’s rider week!

We will be releasing exclusive content every day relating to his past season filming for TransWorld SNOWboarding’s Arcadia.

As a part of stoking everyone out on Arcadia‘s upcoming movie release, we are giving you a chance to win the kit of the riders featured in our project. After giving away Jesse Paul’s board and bindings last week, we are now giving you the chance to win the Rome Alek Oestreng Agent, Rome Targa bindings, Bronson mitts, RK1 pullover, and Smith Squad XL goggles. Enter below by filling out all of the fields and wait until THIS SATURDAY, September 2, when we announce the winner.

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Mark Wilson Interview: Going Pro With K2

Congrats to Minnesota ripper Mark Wilson on going pro!

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Interns for SNOWBOARDER Needed

Snowboarder’s Creative Director Pat Bridges is looking for the next round of interns for the summer months.

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Camp Of Champs Closes Down: The Pros Weigh In

Since the closing of Camp of Champions, comments have poured in by the hundreds, with many pledging their support for COC as well as grieving about the loss of one of snowboarding’s most iconic platforms.

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United Slopes of America – Episode 4: Why Rush?

Jump back in to Desiree Melancon’s multi-year journey exploring every ski area in the country from the back of her truck with the latest episode of United Slopes of America.

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Ask A Skier: Your Turn

Email askaskier@gmail.com to find out the answer to all of your burning skier questions.

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Fresh & Tracked: Chris Bradshaw

Chris Bradshaw talks about snowboarding, sponsors, and family members on Facebook in the latest installment of SNOWBOARDER’s Fresh and Tracked.

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