Olympic and World Champions lead star-studded field at season's Halfpipe World Cup opener in Copper Mountain
Copper Mountain and its 22-foot halfpipe have been a staple on the World Cup tour for the the last two years, and this season will be no different.
The resort has been blowing snow and shaping its Main Vein halfpipe for a highly anticipated return of some of the world's finest talents to compete for this winter's first World Cup points.
By now, about 80 athletes from 17 nations are ready to drop in and compete at the sole halfpipe event prior to the FIS Snowboard World Championships next January.
The field is led by Olympic Champion Kaitlyn Farrington (USA) and reigning World Champion Arielle Gold (USA) who will face some strong competition by their US Snowboarding team members Kelly Clark, who is up to defend her World Cup title and shooting star Chloe Kim.
In addition, Olympic finalists Hannah Teter (USA), Xuetong Cai (CHN), Shuang LI (CHN) as well as Sophie Rodriguez (FRA), Mirabelle Thovex (FRA) and Queralt Castellet (SPA) will also drop in.
On the men's side of things, the entry list for this once again co-sanctioned event (FIS and WST) features the likes of Olympic Bronze medallist Taku Hiraoka (JPN), Sochi finalists Yiwei Zhang (CHN), Tim-Kevin Ravnjak (SLO), Kent Callister (AUS), Greg Bretz (USA) and World Cup title defender Scotty James (AUS).
Preliminary time table World Cup Copper Mountain
December, 4th: Qualification Ladies 9:30 AM (MTZ)
Men 11:50 AM (MTZ)
December 5th: Training Finalists 2:30 PM (MTZ)
December 6th: Finals Ladies & Men 12:30 PM (MTZ)
Eurosport will broadcast the finals live on their Eurosport Player from 8:30 PM CET on while nbcsports.com will stream the finals live, too.
In addition, NBCSN will air the finals again on Dec 7th at 2:30 PM ET.