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It’s now only 100 days until the five-ring circus fires up again, this time in South Korea. As well as the usual events (slopestyle, halfpipe, boardercross and bonkers lycraboarding), Big Air is now in the mix.
But today we’re looking at slopestyle, as the course plans have just been made public. Regardless of your opinion on FIS, the IOC or the price of cheese, this is pretty interesting and well worth a look.
At first glance we appear to be looking at the standard ‘three rail sections followed by three kicker sections’ approach.
However, it looks like the powers that be have realised that one cast-iron way to make people really not give a damn about competitive snowboarding (aside from the multiple governing bodies, confusing tour structure and endless controversy) is to make the events themselves boring.
So they’ve done something about it – and frankly, it looks like it’s going to fully shit on the Russian doll thing from Sochi.
Let’s take a closer look at each section…