As the dates draw closer to the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, Team USA is gearing up for the remaining qualifying events. The top riders across the differing snowboarding disciplines will compete for spots on the USSA sanctioned team at four events in resorts around Colorado and California until the official cutoff date of January 21, 2018.
Officially, the qualifying season started this past February when Shaun White, Kelly Clark, Red Gerard, and Jamie Anderson topped the podiums in their respective disciplines of pipe and slopestyle at the Mammoth Grand Prix. As the first official 2018 Winter Olympic Qualifying event spanning the January 2017-January 2018 qualifying allotment, there are four events left for riders to make their mark.
Jamie Anderson on her way to winning gold at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. PHOTO:
Athletes including Jamie Anderson, Shaun White, Kyle Mack, Judd Henkes, and Hailey Langland, will compete for up to 26 spots across the Slopestlye and Big Air, Halfpipe, Snowboardcross, and Giant Slalom events this upcoming season. With more details and Olympic predictions as we draw closer to the start of the Winter Games in February, here are the proposed dates and locations for the upcoming qualifying events. Expect to see all the big names coming out to ride trying represent their country come time in South Korea.
December 7 -10, 2017 – Copper Mountain, CO – Halfpipe and Big Air
December 15-16, 2017 – Breckenridge, CO – Halfpipe and Slopestyle
January 10-13, 2018 – Snowmass, CO – Halfpipe and Slopestyle
January 17-20, 2018 – Mammoth Mountain, CA – Halfpipe and Slopestyle
Past Qualifying Event:
Slopestyle course from the Mammoth Grand Prix courtesy of Judd Henkes.
February 3-5, 2017 – Mammoth Mountain Grand Prix – Halfpipe and Slopestyle
Men’s Slopestyle –
1. Red Gerard – 87.95
2. Kyle Mack – 77.05
3. Dylan Thomas – 73.95
Women’s Slopestyle –
1. Jamie Anderson – 80.25
2. Hailey Langland – 77.40
3. Julia Marino – 71.85
Men’s Halfpipe –
1. Shaun White – 94.75
2. Ryan Wachendorfer – 90.75
3. Louie Vito – 83.25
Women’s Halfpipe –
1. Kelly Clark – 91.75
2. Haruna Matsumoto – 87.50
3. Hannah Teter – 36.25
Source: TransWorld SNOWBoarding