The slopestyle course has been quite the hot topic these past couple days, especially with Shaun White bowing out of the slopestyle competition to focus on winning the halfpipe event. Some are claiming is that the course is too dangerous, but some say it is just right for Olympic standards.
The inaugural slope style snowboarding qualification kicked off the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi Thursday. Jamie Anderson (S. Lake Tahoe, CA) and Karly Shorr (Milford, MI) topped the competition for the USA, advancing straight to the finals after finishing second and fourth in their heat. The U.S. men and Canadian heavy-hitter Mark McMorris finished outside of the top four in their heats, setting them up for a cutthroat semifinal round where only the top four will advance to the 12-person final. The men’s semifinal and final are set for Saturday Feb. 8 with the women’s competitions scheduled for Sunday Feb. 9.
Men’s snowboard slopestyle qualifications continue tomorrow evening at 9:30pm PT. Make sure to tune in to watch all the Olympic action and make sure to check back in with The Ski Channel for all Olympic updates!
After watching this GoPro video of a test run down the Sochi 2014 Olympic Slopestyle Course, do you think it’s too dangerous? Tag @theskichannel on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and let us know what you think!
Video by Димитрий Завьялов