Anna Gasser of Austria pulled out all of the stops on Tuesday to repeat because the gold medalist within the girls’s huge air snowboarding competitors. Zoi Sadowski-Synnott of New Zealand took dwelling the silver, and Kokomo Murase of Japan, one of many youngest riders within the occasion, gained the bronze.
Gasser, the one rider in her 30s in a pool the place the common age was 20, set the tone early within the girls’s huge air closing, with a wonderfully executed frontside 1080 in her first run. Sadowski-Synnott shortly overtook her on her first run with a frontside 1080 of her personal, transferring into the highest spot, a spot she held till Gasser’s final run.
On her third and closing run, Gasser had one likelihood to overhaul Sadowski-Synnott, and he or she did it not with the triple cork that everybody was anticipating, however with a cab double 1260.
Sadowski-Synnott then had the final run of the morning, and with the gold on the road, she did not land her bounce, delivering the first-place spot to Gasser.
Final week, Sadowski-Synnott turned the primary athlete from New Zealand to earn a gold medal at a Winter Olympics when she gained the slopestyle competitors. Slopestyle is a little bit of an older sibling to huge air, that includes a long term of obstacles, rails and jumps; huge air is one big bounce with spins and flips.
There have been some lacking faces within the girls’s closing, together with Jamie Anderson of the USA, essentially the most adorned feminine snowboarder of the previous decade, whose disappointing Winter Games ended with out her reaching the final spherical. Her American teammate Julia Marino, who gained a silver medal in slopestyle, opted out of huge air due to an damage sustained in coaching.
In a sport that’s about development, a standout second got here after Reira Iwabuchi of Japan, who completed fourth in 2018 and was a robust medal contender this yr, went for a triple cork, beating Gasser to it.Iwabuchi did not land the bounce, however the different riders nonetheless rushed towards her anyway.
Opponents had three jumps every, judged by a panel, and the highest two scores had been added to find out the winner.
Max Parrot of Canada, who gained the lads’s slopestyle contest final week, certified first for the lads’s huge air closing, which begins at midnight Japanese time. The deep pool of competitors consists of Mark McMorris of Canada, a three-time bronze medalist in slopestyle and a frequent big-air winner on the worldwide circuit, and Crimson Gerard of the USA, who gained slopestyle on the 2018 Winter Video games however completed fourth this time.
Chris Corning of the USA, huge air’s fourth-place finisher on the 2018 Video games, will search for his first Olympic medal. However the crowd favourite is bound to be Su Yiming, a 17-year-old from China who gained a silver medal in males’s slopestyle final week.