19/02/2014 | by Sam Oetiker
With the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics fast approaching and the final qualification events pretty much wrapped up, we thought it would be a good time to round up exactly who in snowboarding will be heading to the Olympics, kicking off officially on the 7th February.
It’s been said that for the larger countries at least, qualifying for your country’s Olympic team is actually harder than competing in the Olympics itself. And with the multiple FIS World Cups over the past couple of seasons, national team selection events and pressure from the wider public, we can totally see how the road to Sochi has been a long an arduous one for every snowboarder involved. You’d have to pay us a lot of money to do it ourselves…
We’re not going to go into all the detail on each country’s entry requirements because they’re super dull and to be honest, we can’t be bothered to look them all up.
Instead, we’ll give you the important stuff: which riders, from each country, will be lining up at the top of the slopestyle course and halfpipe waiting to send it for their country.
Click through for a country-by-country report on the confirmed riders for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics or hit the links below to jump straight to that page. We’ll be adding more countries and riders as and when they’re confirmed: