Snowboard Big Air lands in PyeongChang
Hot on the heels of this season's FIS Snowboard World Cup opener staged at the Big Air and the City event in Milan (ITA), riders have moved to the other side of the globe for the first Olympic Test Event of the season where they will converge on the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre in PyeongChang (KOR) for men’s and ladies’ snowboard World Cup events on 25th-26th November 2016.
”The FIS World Cup Snowboard big air competition is the ideal way to start the season in PyeongChang. There has been great anticipation for the debut of big air on the Olympic programme, and we are convinced it will create even more excitement for PyeongChang 2018”, commented FIS President Gian Franco Kasper.
Snowboard big air will debut as an Olympic sport at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, and this weekends big air is the first of 24 Olympic Test Events which are scheduled to take place in PyeongChang this season.
As a result, some of the world's finest talents have descended on Korea to check out the venue which hosts one of the largest big air ramps in the world, allowing athletes good air time to show their spectacular skills.
The field of 55 male and 32 female riders coming from 23 nations is led by 2014 Olympic slopestyle gold medallist Jamie Anderson (USA) and Mark McMorris (CAN), the 2014 slopestyle bronze medallist who had celebrated a perfect comeback from injury in Milan two weeks ago placing third.
In addition, the list of riders to watch out for also features the likes of Spencer O'Brien (CAN), Cheryl Maas (NED), Hailey Langland (USA), Sarka Pancochova (CZE) or Milan winner Anna Gasser (AUT) on the women's side.
In the men's competition, Maxence Parrot, Michael Ciccarelli, Tyler Nicholson, Sebastien Toutant and Darcy Sharpe form a strong Canadian armada while Seppe Smits (BEL), Billy Morgan (GBR), Roope Tonteri (FIN) as well as Kyle Mack (USA) and his fellow US countrymen Brandon Davis, Eric Beauchemin and Chris Corning are also aiming high.
For more info on the field check the start lists on the right side.
Qualifications of the men are slated to take place tomorrow with the women qualifiers as well as finals of the top 10 men and 6 women are scheduled for Saturday.
Finals will be staged in a three-run, best two count final on Saturday at 1 PM local time (5 AM CET).
For further information on the World Cup programme in Korea click here.