The following day it was the ladies’ turn to step up to the big-ass slopestyle course.
Of the four Olympic events that we watched, this was probably the final that got us the most hyped to go snowboarding. All of the girls absolutely killed it on the course, and it was great to see the slow, stylish spins that have long been absent in the men’s contests.
Once again, style prevailed, with Jamie Anderson – one of the most dominant, controlled and stylish female slopestyle snowboarders around, bossing it on the day. Her switch back 540, as well as second place finisher Enni Rukajarvi’s, were things of absolute beauty. What we wouldn’t give to be able to do that trick as well as those ladies can… It was also rad to see the UK’s Jenny Jones claim a well deserved Olympic medal after being a force on the international women’s slopestyle scene for years now.
Sina Candrian is also worthy of a mention for stomping the first ever frontside 1080 in a ladies contest. Massive, massive props to her for raising the bar of women’s snowboarding on the biggest stage out there.
If there was one thing that we took away from the women’s slopestyle finals, it was that today’s crop of female rippers are doing themselves proud, and women’s snowboarding is in very, very good hands.
Nike global team manager and all-round boss John Weaver knows it:
It’s looking good. #womensslopestyle
— Jonathan Weaver (@Jonathan_Weaver) February 9, 2014