Anna Gasser hones her Big Air skills at Stubai’s Prime Park Sessions. Photo: Pally Learmond
‘Snowboard Big Air Will Debut At The 2018 Winter Olympics’
When this statement was made just over two years ago it was received by snowboarders in almost exactly the same way as Star Wars fans reacted to the news that Disney had bought their beloved franchise. For many it marked another low plumbed in the steady and inevitable decline of a once magnificent cultural touchstone. Others heralded it as the most pant-moistening news of all time.
For most, though, mild apathy was the most popular response. For snowboarders the promise that there would be another freestyle showdown at the Olympics was tempered by the fact that it would undoubtedly drive progression in the direction of ever more flips and spins.
“what can we expect from this newest addition to the stable of Olympic snowboard events?”
So what can we expect from this newest addition to the stable of Olympic snowboard events? I travelled to Pyeongchang in 2017 for a couple of the test events and a tour of the venues, and have been commentating or watching nearly every major snowboard event for the last couple of years, so I have arguably as good a crystal ball as anyone for what the Big Air finals might look like on the 23rd and 24th of February.