Big Air has been around for a long time as a snowboarding competition. It is very popular snowboard competition. It can be held not only in snowy mountains but also in cities. It was also held at the baseball venues in Tokyo Dome and Atlanta’s SunTrust Park. The most famous and traditional Big Air competition is the Air + Style that started in Innsbruck, Austria in 1994. The debut of the Big Air Olympics is from the 2018 PyeongChang Games.
A competition in which you go down a ramp, over a jump, and into the air where the snowboarders will perform their best trick.
Starting from a height of 49 meters, it plunges down a ramp with a maximum slope of 40 degrees and heads onto the jump. The flight distance of the jump can reach more than 36 meters–this is spectacular!
Big air is a new event and allows snowboarders to perform their most challenging trick. The lowest score is dropped, then the two better scores are combined to create the total.
You can’t use the same spin technique and you have to decide on two types of jump tricks. For example, if the first time is a backside spin, the second time you have to do a frontside spin technique.
Unlike the slopestyle, it is a one-shot game, so if you do not decide on a technique with a higher risk, you will not be able to rank high. Big air shows off some of the most difficult tricks in snowboarding.
(※Athletes who participate in big air, are also able to compete in slopestyle.)
Venue: Big Air Shougang（首钢滑雪大跳台）
The Big Air event will take place at Big Air Shougang（首钢滑雪大跳台）, located in the Shougang Industrial Park. The venue is the world’s first permanent Big Air structure.
The Platform is the only competition venue located in downtown Beijing for snow sports.
At present, the main diving platform, referee tower, fixed spectator stands, and ancillary buildings of the platform have all been completed, and temporary facilities are currently under construction.
Snow-making work will start in mid-to-late December, weather permitting, according to the operations team of the Shougang Ski Jumping Platform.
Located in Shougang’s former steel plant site in western Beijing’s Shijingshan District, the Shougang Ski Jumping Platform will undertake two big air events of snowboarding and freestyle skiing, and witness four gold medals contests during Beijing Olympics.
Schedule: Feb 14-15
Monday, February 14
Snowboard Big Air Training
Tuesday, February 15
Snowboard Big Air Qualifications / Finals
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Introducing the Featured Riders who are likely to play an active part in the Beijing Olympics.
The athletes who participate in Big Air are the same as the athletes who participate in Slopestyler.
Date Of Birth: December 9, 1993
2021 Cup Standings: 30th
One of the most successful athletes in competitive snowboarding history.
He won 2 Olympic Medalists, 20 times X Games Medalists, 4 US Open Champions, also an ESPY Winner.
He has many brilliant results, on the other hand, he had many hardships.
At Sochi 2014, he won bronze in the Olympic debut of snowboard slopestyle for Canada’s first medal of the Games. That came just two weeks after he broke a rib at the Winter X Games in Aspen.
In February 2016, he broke his right femur on a crash landing at Air + Style big air comettion in Los Angeles. After eight months, he had a stellar comeback season in 2016-17, which included a victory at the big air World Cup that doubled as the test event for the PyeongChang 2018.
But in late March he sustained multiple injuries in a backcountry snowboarding accident, including fractures to his jaw, left arm, pelvis and ribs as well as a ruptured spleen and collapsed left lung, meaning he would have to make yet another comeback. He won the first competition he entered, a big air World Cup in Beijing in late November 2017. He went on to win his second straight Olympic slopestyle bronze medal in PyeongChang.
Always looking to move his sport forward, in 2011 McMorris was the first snowboarder to land a backside triple cork 1440. At the 2017 US Open slopestyle he unveiled a switch backside triple cork 1620 and took gold medal.
In February 2021, he participated in the Swiss World Cup to go to the Beijing Olympics. However, when he went to Switzerland, he was found to be hanging on covid-19 and he was unable to participate. However, he won the gold medal at the Big Air World Championships held in Aspen the following month.
FYI, Mark’s brother Craig is also a pro-snowboarder. Craig is a famous commenter for the Olympics and X Games. His funny comments are popular all over the world!
I wonder how such a talented brother was born in Saskatchewan, a land without slopes.
Date Of Birth: June 6, 1994
Cup Standings: 1st
Maxence “Max” Parrot is a seven-time X Games champion and Olympic silver medalist. He represented Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, winning the silver medal in the latter.
Parrot was born and raised near the Bromont ski area in Quebec. He began skiing at age 3 and discovered snowboarding at age 10. His father, Alan Parrot, was an alpine ski racer national hopeful and Canadian waterski champion.
Helping him improve is a facility called MAXIMISE in his home of Quebec. MAXIMISE has an air mat that you can make big jumps even in the summer, also they have trampoline that you can practice tricks. In addition to Max, Maximum also supports Sébastien Toutant(PyeongChang Olympic Big Air Gold Medalist) and Laurie Blouin(PyeongChang Olympic slopestyle silver medalist) practice.
Parrot has made snowboarding history four times. In 2013 he laid down the first Backside Triple Cork ever seen in an X Games Slopestyle event. In 2014, Parrot was the first to land consecutive Triple jumps in a Slopestyle run at the X Games. In April 2015, Parrot performed the very first Cab Quadruple Underflip 1620. In January 2016, he brought the Cab 1800 Triple Cork into competition at X Games in Aspen, earning him his second Big Air gold medal. He competes in slopestyle and represented Canada in this event at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Parrot has won a gold and silver medal each in both slopestyle and the big air events at the Winter X Games.
Parrot participated in the PyeongChang Olympics and won a silver medal in slopestyle. However, he finished in 9th place in Big Air, where he is good at.
In December 2018, Parrot was diagnosed with a cancer called Hodgkin’s lymphoma. And he achieved a miracle comeback victory at the X Games Big Air on August 31st in Norway.
Date Of Birth: April 25, 1999
2021 Cup Standings: –th
Marcus Kleveland is a professional snowboarder who has expressed extraordinary talent since he was young. His riding was sometimes compared to his home country Norwegian hero Terje Håkonsen.
In 2018, he won 2 medals at Winter X Games : Gold at Slopstyle and a 2nd place at Big air. After the Winter X Games he won a 3rd place at 2018 Burton US Open Slopestyle.
Especially in the 2020-21 season, it was a big success. Won many competitions, in the Big Air event at X Games 2021 he took home gold.
He is also famous for knuckle tricks. Knuckle tricks are done using the flat part of the jumping platform and the landing slope. His Instagram has a lot of knuckle trick footage and is very popular. It’s fun to watch, so it makes you forget the time.
Date Of Birth: September 13, 1990
Nationality: United States
2022 Cup Standings: –th
Jamie Anderson is the most successful female rider in snowboarding history.
In recent years, the rise of other female athletes has resulted in threatening her, but Jamie has been a queen for many years.
Anderson won the gold medal in the inaugural Women’s Slopestyle Event at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and repeated the feat at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, making her the first female snowboarder to win more than one Olympic gold medal.
She has won gold medals in slopestyle at the Winter X Games in consecutive years in 2007/8 and 2012/3. She has 14 total medals: seven gold, five silver and two bronze.
Anderson grew up in South Lake Tahoe in a big family with five sisters and two brothers. One of the ways she fell in love with snowboarding was watching her siblings have fun with the sport. She snowboarded for the first time at age nine, and immediately fell in love with the sport.
She is currently residing in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada with her boyfriend, Tyler Nicholson, a Canadian pro-Snowboarder.
I sometimes see her flying in a big kicker at Blackcomb’s park.
Date Of Birth: August 16, 1991
2021 Cup Standings: 3rd
Anna Gasser is the 2018 Olympic Champion in Big Air.
Gasser qualified for the 2014 Winter Olympics and showed the best result in the qualification round, directly qualifying for the final. In 2017 Gasser won Gold in the Big Air event at the Snowboard World Championships in Spain. Gasser also had a successful 2017 X Games performance winning Gold in Slopestyle and Bronze in Big Air in Hafjell, and Silver for Big Air in Aspen.
Many Olympic athletes started snowboarding when they were young and participated in the competition. However, Gasser started snowboarding at the age of 11 and has started to compete in the 2010/2011 season. That was when she was 19 years old. Before competing in slopestyle Gasser was part of the Austrian National Gymnastics Team.
In November 2013, Gasser became the first female snowboarder to perform a Cab Double Cork 900, a double salto backwards with a half-turn.
Gasser won 3 X Games medals in the 2017 season. She also won Gold in slopestyle at the Burton US Open and Gold at the snowboarding World Championships receiving a score of 100.
In 2018 Gasser became the first woman to land a cab triple underflip.
She is stunning and she has even modelled for some companies!
Date Of Birth: October 12, 1998
2021 Cup Standings: 5th
Miyabi Onitsuka is the youngest ever snowboard World Champion and an X Games gold medalist.
Onitsuka grew up in Kumamoto, Kyushu Island in Japan, where there are no snowy mountains. However, there used to be an indoor snowboarding practice area in Kyushu, where she got better at snowboarding.
She is still practicing at the jump facility during the off-season. There are about 15 that kind of off-season practice areas in Japan, which is a strong factor for the Japanese team.
Onitsuka had already participated in her first national competition by the age of six, managing to clinch her first title during this debut. Soon sponsors started to recognize the talented Japanese girl and eventually Burton Snowboards went for it and signed Onitsuka at the age of seven.
I first met her when she was eight years old. She was practicing at Blackcomb Glacier in the summer.
She was small girl, but she was already challenging big rails and jumps.
Later, Miyabi’s mom told me that she came to Canada to break out of her shell. It meant she could snowboard at a world renowned level. At that time, she opened up a new world by having a session with the world’s top professional snowboarders.
She went on to collect one title after another including the top spot at the Big Air at O’Neill Evolution at just 14 years old and topped her outstanding performances by becoming the youngest ever snowboard world champion with a gold medal at the 2015 FIS World Championships in Kreischberg, Austria, thanks to a Cab 900.
In 2014, she had already done well in professional competitions around the world, but couldn’t go to the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Because at the time she was too young and the Japanese national team didn’t let her participate in the FIS World Cup, so she didn’t earn FIS points to go to the Olympics.
In 2018, she participated in the PyeongChang Olympics, but unfortunately she did not perform well. She couldn’t make a good run because of the strong winds. She cried disappointedly.
After that, she achieved good results in subsequent competitions and became a world champion in 2019. And in 2020, she won the Big Air in her first X Games.
OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES 2022 ALLOCATION LIST SNOWBOARD BIG AIR & SLOPESTYLE
Number of participants in the Beijing Olympics: 30 men’s, 30 women’s, 1 of whom will be held in their own country.
The maximum number of participants in a country is 4 for both men and women.
In order to participate, it is left to the score of FIS points.
The calculation method is that Big Air will use the 4 highest scores of the competitions that took place during the period 1 July 2019 – 16 January 2022.
For Slopestyle, the 6 highest scores of the competitions that took place during the period 1 July 2019 – 16 January 2022 will be adopted.
The ranking is determined by the above average score.
Roughly, top 30 in the world of Big Air & Slopestyle will go to the Beijing Olympics, but there are some changes depending on the highest quota of each country and the quota of your own country.
- Chris Corning (USA) 435pt
- Marcus Kleveland (NOR) 370pt
- Ruki Tobita (JPN) 373pt
- Max Parrot (CAN) 370pt
- Redmond Gerard (JPN) 320pt
- Justus Henkes (USA) 293pt
- Sven Thorgren (SWE) 288pt
- Dusy Henricksen (USA) 287pt
- Nicolas Laframboise (CAN) 284pt
- Ryoma Kimata (JPN) 283pt
- Mark McMorris (CAN) 256pt
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- Reira Iwabuchi (JPN) 563pt
- Laurie Blouin (CAN) 548pt
- Katie Ormerod (GBR) 533pt
- Anna Gasser (AUT) 485pt
- Kokomo Murase (JPN) 478pt
- Jamie Anderson (USA) 448pt
- Zoi Synnott Sasowski (NZE) 437pt
- Tess Coady (AUS) 403pt
- Brooke Voigt (CAN) 391pt
- Miyabi Onitsuka (JPN) 335pt
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Also, check out the Snowboarding Guide BEIJING 2022 OLYMPICS / HALFPIPE below.