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Sochi 2014

Sochi 2014 – Full Round Up of the Olympic Slopestyle and Halfpipe Events

The snowboarding at Sochi 2014 all kicked off with men’s slopestyle.

While the course was initially criticised by riders and subsequently blown out of proportion by the press, it has to be said that on the day, it appeared to be riding perfectly.

If you’d asked us immediately before finals who would win, we’re sad to say that Sage Kotsenburg would not have been the name uttered from our mouths. But the run that he put down – including a cab 1260 holy crail, front 1080 rocket and backside 1620 Japan, was insane.

The judges were clearly favouring creativity, flatspins and ‘spoice’ in their scoring, with some runs that included two triple corks (Max Parrot’s), only being good enough for 5th place. Their decisions caused quite the debate online and we published an opinion piece on the situation here.

These guys rule. Photo: Nick Atkins

The final outcome though, with Stale Sandbech and Mark McMorris in second and third was ultimately a great one for snowboarding: with style and creative flair triumphing over hucked mute-grabbed triple corks – something that many, including some of the riders themselves (Sage too!), had been saying needed to change urgently.

Todd Richards, a former Olympian and all-round voice on all things snowboarding was hyped on the result:

Summing it up succinctly with:

Read the full Sochi 2014 men’s slopestyle report here

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