Since the introduction of Olympic Snowboarding in 1998 (Nagano, Japan), the sport has continued to explode into the winter sports market as a major player and attraction with vibrant stars, crazy fans, high flying stunts and dramatic moments throughout.
There are some that protested the introduction of snowboarding into the Olympics in 1988, due to the sports split sanctioning with the sport of skiing. Many Proud, Soulful Snowboarders felt that a Snowboarding Organization should be the sanctioning body.
It was a crazy time, but it all worked out. Since then, those soulful riders have had to accept that the FIS is our sanctioning body, and that has not been able to hold back to growth of the sport. Snowboarding has become one of the most widely popular and entertaining sports of the Winter Olympics.
The most recent Olympics, held in Vancouver, Canada during February 2010, was no exception. The TV ratings during the Mens Halfpipe Final were astronomical as the world tuned in to see if Shaun White could pull it off again, which he did.
Now, the snowboarding field rejoices again as PSL (Parallel Slalom) and Snowboarding Slopestyle will be added to the Olympic lineup already including Halfpipe, Boarder-cross and PGS (Parallel Giant Slalom) as we head toward the next go around in Sochi, Russia during February of 2014. Hang on tight.
US Snowboarding Team Discuss the Olympics
Olympic Level Snowboarding on Youtube
Kelly Clark and Scott Lago Podium
at Sochi Olympic Halfpipe Venue Test Event
Preview of Olympic Level Halpipe Riding at US Open 2013
Preview of Olympic Level Slopestyle at US Open
Olympic Parallel Giant Slalom
FIS World Cup Test Event on Sochi PGS Course 2013
The Sport has come a very long way in the past 20 years. I love seeing the level of the riding and the kids across the country that are excited about snowboarding. It will continue to gain presence and power as a respectable member of the winter sport world.
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and results of your favorite riders.
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