Posts Tagged: Olympics

Dew Tour Now An Olympic Selection Event

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USSA has announced that the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships at Breckenridge, CO will be sanctioned as a USSA event and become the 5th selection event for the 2014 Olympics. The Dew Tour stop takes place December 12-15 and will be used for selected snowboarding halfpipe and slopestyle competitors. To align the Dew Tour competition with

Could Slopestyle Be The Next Olympic Sport?

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Could we be seeing Slopestyle in the Olympics? Well,  the FIS (International Ski Federation) who govern skiing and snowboarding in the Olympics are meeting at the end of this month at the FIS congress in Turkey and one topic on the agenda will be the inclusion of slopestyle as a recognised event.

So far the the U.S., Canadian, and New Zealand snowsports organizations all have propositions for slopestyle to be recognized as an official FIS Snowboard World Championship event.

If it is recognized, according to U.S. Snowboarding Program Director Jeremy Forester,“ it could then potentially be forwarded by the FIS to the IOC (International Olympic Committee) for evaluation as a new Olympic event.”

Olympic Riders Test Out Cypress Pipe

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The Women’s Olympic halfpipe competition will take place on Thursday, February 18. That means the qualifications, semifinals and finals will all go down in one day. The athletes took their first practice runs in the pipe at Cypress Mountain last night and the reports are not good. Rain and warm temps have resulted in a soft pipe.

Here are some twitter reports directly from the competitors:

 

Torah hospitalised and withdraws from the X-Games.

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I read in The Age that Olympic gold medal hopeful, Aussie Torah Bright was hospitalised last week with her second concussion in three days. Officials said snowboarder Bright was taken to hospital for evaluation after a crash forced her to withdraw from the Winter X Games Superpipe in Aspen.

Just days after Powderroom reported in this here blog about her double cork attempts. It seems Bright was reportedly injured trying this risky double cork trick – a first in a women’s SuperPipe competition – which she was rumoured to be working on for Vancouver.

Does Torah Bright Have a Double Cork?

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The New York Times has an article today about Torah Bright and her Olympic aspirations. She placed 5th in the 2006 Turin Olympics.

One of the most interesting parts of the article is about Torah working on a double cork for her pipe runs. The double cork has become the must-have trick this season. That a woman might be breaking one out would be a huge sign in the progression of women’s snowboarding – and certainly set Tora Bright, who has long been known for her technical tricks, apart from the other women riders.

We’ll be eagerly watching X-Games this week to see if she breaks it out before the Olympics.

Kelly Clark & Shaun White Lead Qualifiers for Mammoth Grand Prix

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The second Sprint US Grand Prix event of the season has, thus far, followed the same blueprint as the first. Former Olympic Gold medallists Kelly Clark and Shaun White both dominated the qualifiers heading into today’s halfpipe finals.

Clark dominated with this run: frontside air, back 5, front 7 tail, cab 7, indie front 5, indie backside air.

"It’s always encouraging being able to make it to the finals having done so well. Being able to be consistent in the qualifiers is a great way to head in to the finals," Clark said. "I’m looking for some consistent results, and it should set me up for a fun week."

Trailing the Olympic Torch

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With the 2010 Winter Games well on their way, Vancouver is beginning to feel the heat of the Olympic torch–quite literally.

The internationally renowned flame is set to make its way across all 10 Canadian provinces, even reaching the northern most part of Nunavut.  The selected 12,000 torchbearers, ranging from athletes to aboriginal participants, are scheduled to carry the flame a celebratory 100 days prior to the opening ceremony.

Making the US Olympic Team

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With less than 100 days to the Opening Ceremony, the Winter Olympics are fast approaching and the top snowboarders are getting ready to battle for a spot on the Olympic team. The US Olympic team, which has dominated the past two Olympics, has just released their team selection criteria and we’re going to break it down for you.

Former Olympic snowboard champion Karine Ruby killed

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News agencies are reporting that former snowboarding Olympic champion Karine Ruby has been killed in a climbing accident. 
 
The 31-year-old was climbing in the Mont Blanc range in France when she fell into a crevasse while roped to other climbers. No more details of the accident have been released so far.
 
The French rider won gold at the Nagano Winter Olympics in Japan in the giant slalom and took silver in Salt Lake City in the parallel grand slalom.  She also made it to the quarterfinals of the snowboardercross in Turin in 2006. She retired after the Games in Italy.
 
Report also on the BBC News website.