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Ledecka takes monumental double Gold

PyeongChang 2018

Olympic news: Ester Ledecka takes Gold

Olympic history was made earlier this morning as Czech rider, Ester Ledecka, successfully added Snowboard GS Gold to hear earlier win in the Ski Super G last week. Ledecka, 22, becomes only the fifth athlete to win two Golds at an Olympics and the first ever to win two Golds in different events.

Ledecka beat Germany’s Selina Joerg in Silver with another German, Ramona Theresia Hofmeister, coming in Bronze place after beating OAR athlete Alena Zavarzina who failed to finish.


Big Final

CZE Ester Ledecka bt GER Selina Joerg

Small Final

GER Ramona Theresia Hofmeister bt OAR Alena Zavarzina (DNF)


CZE Ester Ledecka bt GER Ramona Theresia
GER Selina Joerg bt OAR Alena Zavarzina (DNF)


GER Ramona Theresia Hofmeister bt AUT Ina Meschik
CZE Ester Kedecka bt AUT Daniela Ulbing
OAR Alena Zavarzina bt SWI Julie Zogg
GER Selina Joerg bt JPN Tomoka Takeuchi

1/8 Finals

GER Carolin Langenhorst bt AUT Ina Meschik
GER Ramona Theresia Hofmeister bt SWI Ladina Jenny (DNF)
AUT Daniela Ulbing bt OAR Milena Bykova
CZE Ester Ledecka bt SWI Patrizia Kummer
OAR Alena Zavarzina bt SLO Gloria Kotnik
SWI Julie Zogg bt POL Aleksandra Krol
JPN Tomoka Takeuchi bt AUT Julia Dujmovits
GER Selina Joerg bt OAR Ekaterina Tudegesheva

Gasser throws it all in final run for Gold

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Olympic news: Gasser head and shoulders above the competition

Austria’s Anna Gasser romped to victory – and Gold – in this morning’s first ever Women’s Olympic Big Air contest. Unlike the Women’s Slopestyle which was badly affected by wind (dangerously so in fact), the Big Air comp gave the women a chance to showcase their skills as well as the fierce progression of the women’s side of the sport.

Gasser would prove untouchable with a final run featuring a cab double cork 1080 which nailed her a 96.00 – though, after her first two runs, it was looking far from certain she’d pull the win that was so expected of her. She’s been dominating comps all season so when she failed to log a score on her first drop, the nerves must have been chattering. It was all or nothing – so when it came time for her final run, she threw caution to the wind and landed the toughest trick of the day.

Gasser’s final run was enough to bump the US’s Jamie Anderson into Silver, with young gun New Zealander Synnott Zoi Sadowski (just 16) taking Bronze.



Rank Country Name Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Total Score
1 AUT Anna Gasser JNS 89.00 96.00 185.00
2 US Jamie Anderson 90.00 87.25 JNS 177.25
3 NZ Synnott Zoi Sadowski 65.50 92.00 JNS 157.50
4 JPN Reira Iwabuchi 79.75 67.75 JNS 147.50
5 SWI Sina Candrian JNS 76.25 64.00 140.25
6 NOR Silje Norendal 70.50 61.00 JNS 131.50
7 JPN Yuka Fujimori 82.25 40.50 JNS 122.75
8 JPN Miyabi Onitsuka 78.75 JNS 40.25 119.00
9 CAN Spencer O’Brien 51.25 JNS 62.00 113.25
10 US Julia Marino JNS 74.50 18.75 93.25
11 US Jessika Jenson JNS 21.50 19.00 40.50
12 CAN Laurie Blouin JNS 39.25 DNS 39.25


Rank Country Name Run 1 Run 2 Best Score
1 AUT Anna Gasser 88.25 98.00 98.00 QF
2 JPN Yuka Fujimori 82.00 94.25 94.25 QF
3 JPN Reira Iwabuchi 80.00 92.75 92.75 QF
4 CAN Laurie Blouin 90.25 92.25 92.25 QF
5 NZ Synnott Zoi Sadowski 72.75 92.00 92.00 QF
6 US Jamie Anderson 30.25 90.00 90.00 QF
7 JPN Miyabi Onitsuka 81.75 86.50 86.50 QF
8 SWI Sina Candrian 31.75 86.00 86.00 QF
9 US Julia Marino 83.75 85.25 85.25 QF
10 NOR Silje Norendal 76.00 77.50 77.50 QF
11 CAN Spencer O’Brien 69.50 76.75 76.75 QF
12 US Jessika Jenson 76.25 39.75 76.25 QF
13 AUS Jessica Rich 73.50 74.25 74.25
14 US Hailey Langland 73.00 29.00 73.00
15 SWI Carla Somaini 70.75 24.75 70.75
16 FIN Enni Rukajarvi 68.75 49.75 68.75
17 CAN Brooke Voigt 67.75 32.00 67.75
18 SWI Elena Koenz 62.00 65.75 65.75
19 CZE Sarka Pancochova 65.50 30.00 65.50
20 NED Cheryl Maas 65.00 44.75 65.00
21 OAR Sofya Fedorova 64.00 23.25 64.00
22 SWI Isabel Derungs 54.00 59.25 59.25
23 SVK Klaudia Medlova 30.75 50.50 50.50
24 JPN Asami Hirono 27.50 37.75 37.75
25 GB Aimee Fuller 25.00 14.25 25.00
26 CZE Katerina Vojackova 19.00 10.50 19.00

Big names miss cut in Men's Big Air Qualification

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Olympic news: Parrot & Knight dominate Big Air

The first Olympic Men’s Big Air event took place this morning with a double heat qualification process, which saw Max Parrot and Carlos Garcia Knight laying down huge tricks to take top place in their rounds. The full results are below.

With only six men from each heat going through to the finals, the quallies were always going to be a hotly-contested affair but there were nonetheless some suprise omissions on the final list of qualifiers. In particular, big names like Staale Sandbech, Rene Rinnekangas, Seppe Smits, Peetu Piiroinen, Jamie Nicholls, Roope Tonteri, Marcus Kleveland and Sebbe de Buck (to name but a few) couldn’t bring it and found themselves missing the final. Then again, that’s a list of seven already – in a qualifying group of just 12 – so it’s probably little wonder we saw a few expected riders missing the cut.

Men’s Pipe Gold winner – and everyone’s favourite king of laid-back – Red Gerrard made the cut in his round coming in 6th place. However, Parrot and – in particular – Garcia Knight would dominate their rounds.

UK rider Billy Morgan stomped his second run for a 90.50 and guaranteed himself a place in the finals. Unfortunately, Jamie Nicholls dropped his first run and could only manage and 81.25 in his second, a good way short of the required 85.00 needed to get into the top 6. Rowan Coultas (again of the UK) looked like he could have done with a third run, improving as he went with scores of 81.00 and 84.50 – just 0.50 short of Gerrard in 6th place qualifying.

The Men’s Big Air Final takes place Saturday 24th February at 10am local.



Rank Country Name Run 1 Run 2 Best score
1 CAN Max Parrot 89.25 92.50 92.50 Q
2 SWE Niklas Mattsson 53.75 90.00 90.00 Q
3 US Kyle Mack 87.25 88.75 88.75 Q
4 US Chris Corning 85.00 88.00 88.00 Q
5 SWI Michael Schaerer 87.00 44.00 87.00 Q
6 US Redmond Gerard 82.00 85.00 85.00 Q
7 NOR Staale Sandbech 84.75 41.25 84.75
8 GB Rowan Coultas 81.00 84.50 84.50
9 JPN Yuri Okubo 84.25 44.25 84.25
10 FIN Rene Rinnekangas 43.75 83.00 83.00
11 GB Jamie Nicholls 30.00 81.25 81.25
12 ITA Alberto Maffei 77.50 36.25 77.50
13 SWI Nicolas Huber 76.75 44.50 76.75
14 KOR Lee Minsik 68.75 72.25 72.25
15 BEL Seppe Smits 50.00 59.25 59.25
16 AUT Clemens Millauer 39.25 47.00 47.00
DNS CZE Petr Horak
DNS SWI Moritz Thoenen



Rank Country Name Run 1 Run 2 Best score
1 NZ Carlos Garcia Knight 88.75 97.50 97.50 Q
2 SWI Jonas Boesiger 96.00 35.25 96.00 Q
3 CAN Mark Mcmorris 89.00 95.75 95.75 Q
4 NOR Torgeir Bergrem 94.25 59.50 94.25 Q
5 CAN Sebastien Toutant 91.00 45.00 91.00 Q
6 GB Billy Morgan 87.50 90.50 90.50 Q
7 CAN Tyler Nicholson 87.25 89.25 89.25
8 FIN Peetu Piiroinen 43.50 87.25 87.25
9 FIN Roope Tonteri 86.50 47.50 86.50
10 NOR Marcus Kleveland 84.25 46.00 84.25
11 OAR Vlad Khadarin 83.75 79.25 83.75
12 FIN Kalle Jarvilehto 83.25 44.75 83.25
13 US Ryan Stassel 39.50 76.25 76.25
14 BEL Stef Vandeweyer 61.00 29.50 61.00
15 ARG Matias Schmitt 51.75 23.00 51.75
16 OAR Anton Mamaev 29.00 42.75 42.75
17 JPN Hiroaki Kunitake 37.25 36.75 37.25
18 BEL Sebbe de Buck 33.5 30.25 33.50

Gasser rules Women's Big Air qualifications

PyeongChang 2018

Olympic news: Anna Gasser dominates Women’s Big Air qualifiers

As expected, Austria’s Anna Gasser absolutely bossed the first ever Olympic Women’s Big Air Qualifiers taking top spot by almost points from her nearest rival, Yuka Fujimori of Japan. Fujimori’s team-mate Reira Iwabuchi came third in the field ahead of the Big Air Finals, taking place this Friday.

Brit Aimee Fuller overcooked her first trick only to then take a cautious line on her second attempt, coming up short on the knuckle.


1.   Anna Gasser (Austria)                        98.00 QF points 
2.   Yuka Fujimori (Japan)                        94.25 QF        
3.   Reira Iwabuchi (Japan)                       92.75 QF        
4.   Laurie Blouin (Canada)                       92.25 QF        
5.   Zoi Sadowski-Synnott (New Zealand)           92.00 QF        
6.   Jamie Anderson (U.S.)                        90.00 QF        
7.   Miyabi Onitsuka (Japan)                      86.50 QF        
8.   Sina Candrian (Switzerland)                  86.00 QF        
9.   Julia Marino (U.S.)                          85.25 QF        
10.  Silje Norendal (Norway)                      77.50 QF        
11.  Spencer O'Brien (Canada)                     76.75 QF        
12.  Jessika Jenson (U.S.)                        76.25 QF        
13.  Jess Rich (Australia)                        74.25           
14.  Hailey Langland (U.S.)                       73.00           
15.  Carla Somaini (Switzerland)                  70.75           
16.  Enni Rukajarvi (Finland)                     68.75           
17.  Brooke Voigt (Canada)                        67.75           
18.  Elena Konz (Switzerland)                     65.75           
19.  Sarka Pancochova (Czech Republic)            65.50           
20.  Cheryl Maas (Netherlands)                    65.00           
21.  Sofya Fedorova (Olympic Athlete from Russia) 64.00           
22.  Isabel Derungs (Switzerland)                 59.25           
23.  Klaudia Medlova (Slovakia)                   50.50           
24.  Asami Hirono (Japan)                         37.75           
25.  Aimee Fuller (Britain)                       25.00           
26.  Katerina Vojackova (Czech Republic)          19.00

Ski GS Winner Ledecka & the 2 Coach Approach

PyeongChang 2018

Olympic news: 2 sports, 2 coaches

It’s emerged on social media that Women’s Olympic Ski GS Winner, Snowboarder Ester Ledecka, was told by her coach she couldn’t do both and should pick which sport she wanted to specialise in.

So, what did she do?

Ledecka found two new coaches willing to train her in both sports ;). Apparently, she now trains 3 weeks on skis, 3 weeks on snowboard – alternating between the two.

There is no such thing as „Can’t”. Surely one of the most inspirational stories of these Games to date.

Ledecka runs later this week in Snowboard Parallel GS and Parallel Slalom – both her more natural events.


Snowboarder wins Women's Ski Super-G

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Olympic news: Czech snowboarder Ledecka wins Women’s Ski Alpine Super-G

In what must be the shock of the Games so far, a Czech snowboarder has successfully defeated the entire field of Alpine Super-G skiers to take Gold in the Women’s Super-G event.

Czech snowboarder Ester Ledecka saw off competition from established rivals such as Vonn, Weirather, Gut and the defending Olympic Super-G title holder, Austria’s Anna Veith.

Ledecka, just 22, came into the event as a rank outsider rated just 43rd in the World Cup Super-G standings. Indeed, as Ledecka started down her run, Veith was already accepting the plaudits for retaining back-to-back Gold only to have it stripped by Ledecka who simply tore up the lower half of the course.

Ledecka’s time of 1:21.11 pushed Veith’s 1.21.12 into Silver medal place with Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather taking bronze in 1:21.22. Just the slimmest of margins maybe – but Gold nonetheless. USA’s Lindsay Vonn could only manage 6th.

Ledecka is the first racer to attempt both snowboard and ski racing at an Olympics. What a way to make your mark! We now look forward to seeing what she can achieve in her favoured (and more successful) events of Snowboard Parallel GS and Parallel Slalom – sports in which she’s current World Champion and former World Champion respectively.

Moioli Gold, Jacobellis 4th Women's Snowboard Cross

PyeongChang 2018

Olympic news: Italy’s Michela Moioli wins Snowboard Cross Gold

Michela Moioli snatched Italy’s second Gold of the Games today in the Women’s Snowboard Cross final. She pulled ahead late in the race to beat France’s Julia Pereira de Sousa Mabileau (just 16) and Czech Eva Samkova, coming in Silver and Bronze respectively.

The Final saw two athletes crash on the finish line after all six had been in contention in the early stages of the race. US Snowboard Cross specialist, Lindsey Jacobellis, would have to settle for fourth. Long-term afficianados will recall Jacobellis’ doomed victory salute in the 2006 Olympics where she fell just before the finish line handing Gold to Switzerland’s Tanja Frieden. .


1.   Michela Moioli (Italy)                          
2.   Julia Pereira De Sousa (France)                 
3.   Eva Samkova (Czech Republic)                    
4.   Lindsey Jacobellis (U.S.)                       
5.   Chloe Trespeuch (France)                        
6.   Alexandra Jekova (Bulgaria)                     
7.   Charlotte Bankes (France)                       
8.   Raffaella Brutto (Italy)                        
9.   Tess Critchlow (Canada)                         
10.  Nelly Moenne Loccoz (France)                    
11.  Belle Brockhoff (Australia)                     
12.  Kristina Paul (Olympic Athlete from Russia) DNF 

Small Final
1.   Charlotte Bankes (France)                       
2.   Raffaella Brutto (Italy)                        
3.   Tess Critchlow (Canada)                         
4.   Nelly Moenne Loccoz (France)                    
5.   Belle Brockhoff (Australia)                     
6.   Kristina Paul (Olympic Athlete from Russia) DNF 

Big Final
1.   Michela Moioli (Italy)                          
2.   Julia Pereira De Sousa (France)                 
3.   Eva Samkova (Czech Republic)                    
4.   Lindsey Jacobellis (U.S.)                       
5.   Chloe Trespeuch (France)                        
6.   Alexandra Jekova (Bulgaria)

2nd Gold for Pierre Vaultier in Snowboard Cross

PyeongChang 2018

Olympic news: France’s Pierre Vaultier takes second Gold title

Pierre Vaultier of Team France retained his Gold medal in the Snowboard Cross in PyeongChang following a dramatic final at the Pheonix Snow Park. Vaultier beat Jarryd Hughes of Australia and Spain’s Regino Hernandez to take the title.

Earlier rounds saw spectacular crashes eliminating many of the favourites including Italy’s Omar Visintin who was DQ’d for a clash with Lucas Eguibar as well as Sochi Silver medalist Nikolay Olynunin who is reported to have suffered a broken leg in crash involving Vaultier and Austria’s Alessandro Haemmerle.

Full results:

Big Final – Official






Small Final – Official

Alessandro HAEMMERLE

Martin NOERL


Cameron BOLTON


Christopher ROBANSKE

White wins 3rd Gold. Internet erupts. Surprised? Really?

PyeongChang 2018

Olympic news: Shaun White nails 3rd Halfpipe Gold ahead of Hirano and James

Shaun White nailed this morning’s Olympic Halfpipe event, winning his third Gold (and America’s symbolic 100th) with an epic third run which will be long in the memory. He left his best til last, scoring 97.75 against Ayumu Hirano’s 95.25 and Scotty James’ 92.00. He’s 31 years old and it’s unlikely we’ll ever see his like again. He’s built a legacy of domination that is impossible to dispute – and one that will surely be similarly impossible to equal. Snowboarding’s posterboy delivered last night on the biggest stage, under the biggest pressure. These are indisputable facts.

It was a deserved win, no matter what you may read in Facebook comments etc. His run was bigger, better, higher and in more technical order than anyone else’s. What other criteria do we need to pick a winner? Watch the footage yourself and make your own mind up. At the last minute, White pulled tricks out of the bag he’d only been rumoured as being capable of doing. To step up under that pressure, with that run, was the mark of deserved champion.

Hirano was deflated – understandably so as he stood in first place going into round 3, having put down an epic 2nd run. In the end, he’d have to settle for his second Olympic Silver ahead of Scotty James in Bronze. On another day, Hirano’s run would have easily earned Gold. But that day would have been minus one Shaun White on the kind of form he showed last night.

But enough already. Here’s the results (listed runs 1, 2, 3 and final score):

94.25 55.00 97.75 97.75

35.25 95.25 43.25 95.25

Scotty JAMES
92.00 81.75 40.25 92.00

43.00 83.50 90.75 90.75

84.00 51.00 89.75 89.75

87.75 52.25 88.00 88.00

85.75 25.00 87.00 87.00

47.00 82.25 27.00 82.25

31.25 80.50 70.75 80.50

20.00 62.00 56.75 62.00

39.25 7.00 DNS 39.25

4.50 12.75 13.50 13.50


The problem with White

I started writing this last night then realised it was half four in the morning (CET) and figured anyone awake at that time would have likely just watched it too – so why bother writing about something that people had literally just seen. Decision made – leave it til morning when the head would be clearer and the sense of what I’d just watched had sunk in.

Now, 4 hours later, I’m thinking that wasn’t the reason at all. I’m thinking it was pure deflection on my part. Truth is, it’s hard to write about Shaun White at the best of times – never mind when he’s just won top-spot in snowboarding’s most visible competition, in front of a global audience of millions. This is Shaun White – a man that splits communities better than the Berlin Wall ever could. He isn’t just a „Marmite” thing – White inspires or annoys, in equal measure, depending on your particular leaning. As the internet comments today prove, there’s very little fence-sitting when it comes to Shaun White.

So, here’s the simple facts, otherwise I’m going to end up living in this chair, writing and re-writing this ad nauseum:

  • Like him or loathe him, history was made last night. We’ll start with an easy one. History is made every second of every day. It’s gone, it’s past, it’s history. How’s that for a non-committal . . .
  • Shaun White scored a 97.75 in his third and final run beating Hirano’s 95.25 and James’ 92.00.
  • His win seals the US’ complete domination of Freestyle snowboarding at this Olympics.
  • Like him or loathe him, he’s one of the most talented, winningest riders of a generation
  • Again – like him or loathe him – White is a global mega-brand and, for many people, he’s synonymous with the sport. There will be kids the world over that first saw snowboarding – first got interested in snowboarding – and first tried snowboarding – as a direct result of watching Shawn White. Adverts don’t come much better.

Shaun White was under it last night – make no mistake about that. After celebrating his first run like it was a medal-winner in itself, he almost set himself up for a fail. It was a display that pretty much embodied everything that every detractor would say is wrong with White. Yes, he was hyped but to fling your helmet into the crowd by way of victory salute after run 1 of 3? It kind of showed the arrogance and ruthless competitiveness he’s slated for. Many will say it was just because he was pumped to win. But this, in itself, is another key polarising issue with White and the fact the internet is alight today with debates over the validity of his win.

On the one hand, White is focussed, driven to succeed, dedicated, professional, beyond talented and one of the best proponents we have for the sport on the global stage.

On the other, he’s arrogant, ruthless, more interested in winning than anything else, an out-and-out competition rider, in it just for the money and a spoilt-ass rich kid who takes off to his own Bond villain training facilities. I mean who else would have had their own secret training facility built on a private mountain to the exclusion of everyone else? The film, the Crash Reel, did little to promote Shaun White as an all-round nice guy – but there’s been countless other examples over the years. It’s ironic really when you think back to the very early video parts of a little freckle-faced ginger kid riding harder than most adults, to the adulation of his peers, discovered by Tony Hawk when he was just 7. Over the years, he appeared to become a master of his own bad PR – something he seems desperate to change as he gets older.

So here the Yin/Yang debate rolls on with White. The man we saw last night looked truly worried – even humbled at times. He interacted more with the crowd, reaching out for their support in a way we’ve not seen in the past. For the first time in what seems like forever, there would be no victory lap with a best-for-last, rabbit-out-of-the-hat showcase proving what he might have pulled. For once, White had to throw down his very best tricks in the live comp to take the win. This was a guy at the edge of what’s possible in his riding – in fact, at the edge of what’s currently possible in pipe riding right now.

At 31, White is double the age of the talented, relentless, young whippersnappers coming through the ranks these days. 31 is old in most sports – but even more so when that sport involves flinging yourself 5.5m above a 7m chasm. Youngsters take note – it’s a sad truth but the older you get, the more this stuff hurts and the more the mental „what-ifs” enter your brain. You’ll realise this one day – just like the rest of us.

White had already injured himself twice in the lead-up to these Games – once with a serious fall that required 63 stitches to put his face back together. It’s inevitable these things sat in his brain as he lined up to drop in. Or maybe it’s not. Maybe that’s just one facet of what singles out a Champion. Either way, he came into this event with something to prove. In the words of one NBC commentator following qualifying, „White is on a mission.”

The debate will rage for days about his win but for all his detractors, it’s worth remembering a simple truth – Shaun White has done a lot for snowboarding – and he did so again last night. The finals couldn’t have brought more drama if they’d been scripted for a Hollywood blockbuster (don’t rule that out happening sometime in the future). Today we wake to a world awash with talk of snowboarding.

In an age where the sport’s popularity is on the wane (and it is, just look at the figures), this is a very good thing.

Last night again proved if it’s spectacle you want, Shaun White plays a mighty good lead. The Olympic final was an epic rollercoaster with a deserved winner in the end. Like him or loathe him, snowboarding is better for having Shaun White.

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Men's Pipe: White's work of witchcraft

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Olympic news: Shaun White dominates Men’s Pipe qualifiers

Shaun White pulled out one of the best pipe runs of his life this morning to nail top spot in the Olympic Pipe qualifiers. And yes – this said of a man that’s not exactly shy of putting down the occasional ‚good’ pipe run.

Hunt down the highlights from your local broadcaster ahead of tomorrow’s Finals. Going by this benchmark, the medal runs are going to be on fire.


  1. Shaun White, USA, 98.50
  2.  Scotty James, Australia, 96.75
  3. Ayumu Hirano, Japan, 95.25
  4. Ben Ferguson, USA, 91
  5. Raibu Katayama, Japan, 90.75
  6. Jan Scherrer, Switzerland, 84
  7. Chase Josey, USA, 83.75
  8. Jake Pates, USA, 82.25
  9. Patrick Burgener, Switzerland, 82
  10. Yuto Totsuka, Japan, 80
  11. Peetu Piiroinen, Finland, 77.50
  12. Kent Callister, Australia, 77