Melbourne, FL - February 9. 2014 - What a great start to the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. Picking up two gold medals in the new snowboarding event called "Slopestyle". Slopestyle snowboarding is just an extension of vastly popular sport of skateboarding. Instead of riding your skateboard allover different types of obstacles like sidewalk hand rails, park benches and bike racks, it is done on a specially designed downhill snow slope.
According to Wikipedia, "Slopestyle is a winter sporting event where the goal is to perform the most difficult tricks while getting the highest altitude off jumps, with an emphasis on performing different types of tricks instead of doing one great trick repeatedly. It originated as a snowboarding competition format, but there are now many sports that are considered to have this style of competition, of which skiing and snowboarding are two of the most common."
After watching the Sage Kotsenburg of Park City, Utah and reading about Jamie Anderson of South Lake Tahoe, sweeping the gold medals, I can really appreciate the skill that goes into this snowboarding events. The danger each contestant put themselves in when doing the big jumps is just amazing.
So until next time, be safe in the sun and have a great day in the great outdoors.