The 2019 World Freestyle Ski and Snowboard Championships were awarded to Park City, Utah, on Thursday.
Park City, which hosted 2002 Olympic ski and snowboard events, was the only bidder for the event. It also hosted the 2011 World Freestyle Ski Championships, where ski slopestyle and ski halfpipe were on display before the sports were added to the Olympic program.
World Championships for freestyle skiing and snowboarding have always been held at separate sites, but they will be combined starting next year in Kreischberg, Austria, and again in 2017 in Spain.
The U.S. has never hosted the World Snowboarding Championships before.
World Freestyle Ski and Snowboard Championships have included ski and snowboard halfpipe and slopestyle, aerials, moguls, ski cross and snowboard cross, Alpine snowboarding and big air. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association wants to add big air to the Olympic program.
The U.S.’ next major winter sports World Championship is the 2015 World Alpine Skiing Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek, Colo. The 2019 World Alpine Skiing Championships were also awarded Thursday, to Are, Sweden.
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Now that Anna Gasser of Austria has successfully captured the first-ever Olympic gold medal in women’s snowboard big air, it’s almost time to crown the first-ever Olympic champion on the men’s side.
Big air snowboarding has progressed tremendously in recent years, and there’s been a lot of build-up to these Olympics, so expect heavy tricks to come out quickly in the final.
Or as Mark McMorris put it: “There’s probably [going to be] some mind-boggling s—.”
Every time there’s a big air event, there’s always talk about “quads” — a type of trick that features four inverted flips. It’s such a progressive trick that only two riders have landed a quad in competition, only a few others have done it in training, and many are hesitant to even try.
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Karen Chen was the last U.S. figure skater to make her PyeongChang debut (and her Olympic debut for that matter). A mistake on her opening jump in the short program left her in 10th place going into the free program. Two days later, her free skate also had technical mistakes, and she finished 11th overall. While Team OAR won its first Olympic gold of the PyeongChang Games and got a silver to boot, the U.S. women were plagued with falls and technical errors, and Chen was no exception.
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Just hours after the ladies’ event concluded, Chen took to Instagram to share her frustration, disappointment and newfound perspective.
Chen, 18, is the youngest woman on the 2018 U.S. figure skating team. Chen was born and raised in Fremont, California, she cites gold medal figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, who is also from Fremont, as a mentor. Unlike most in the world of figure skating, Chen makes her own costumes and choreographs her own programs. Last season, Chen won the U.S. national championship. She skated an inconsistent 2017-18 season, but her third place finish at nationals was enough to land her a spot on Team USA.