Get ready to fall in love with snowboard halfpipe all over again as the best riders in the world of snowboard halfpipe have converged in Sochi, Russia’s Rosa Khutor Extreme Park to take a ride in front of the world and remind viewers everywhere how awesome their high-flying acrobatics really are.
With a few days of halfpipe practice behind them, these athletes from all corners of the earth have had the chance to take to the next pipe that will not only catapult them into the air but also the televisions of fans and intrigued viewers everywhere. However, the story around the flat-bottom is that it’s left much to be desired with the athletes.
The question is, will this halfpipe come full circle in time for the big show?
For most riders these conditions were of little surprise following last year’s test event taking place in abnormally warm conditions that even included a bit of rain on one day, but for those that didn’t come out this has certainly opened their eyes.
“I came here with some expectation that this wasn’t going to be quite up to par, this is a little [worse] than I expected,” said Taylor Gold, one of two Gold siblings that will be riding halfpipe for Team USA. Gold went on to express a sense of acceptance that things are never perfect and there is still plenty of time for perfection. “It’s whether or not they fix it up. Usually at these contests, even though it is bad for the training, they usually get it pretty good for the actual contest.”