Last night’s women’s slopestyle qualifying ended up getting canceled because of some potentially dangerous wind conditions. But that doesn’t mean tonight’s slopestyle final is getting pushed back. Instead of having a qualifying round, they’re just letting everyone run tonight. Everyone gets a shot at a medal.
The final will still be held Monday (Sunday night in the U.S.), but all 27 athletes will now compete in the final, and it will be a two-run format.
Those in the U.S. can watch the final starting at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday night.
One of those snowboarders tonight will be Austria’s Anna Gasser, who many of these so called experts have as a favorite to take home the gold. Her, along with Americans Jamie Anderson and Hailey Langland. This will be her 2nd Olympics after struggling a little bit in Sochi.
However, since she’s been on a roll taking home medals at the 2017 World Championships and last two X-Games.
At 17 years old, Gasser may gotten a later start in snowboarding than most of her peers, but she progressed relatively quickly. Five years later, at 22 years old, she was a member of the Austrian Olympic snowboarding team competing in slopestyle at the Sochi Games. In her Olympic debut, Gasser was the top qualifier in the preliminary round but ended up placing just 10th in the final.
- 2017 X Games Norway slopestyle gold medalist
- 2017 Burton U.S. Open slopestyle champion