Inform your snowboarding predictions ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics with insight, analysis, and odds from Pinnacle.
Snowboarding may be one of the newer sports on the Winter Olympic programme, having been first introduced at the Nagano Games in 1998, but it quickly developed into one of the most popular events on the schedule.
Different snowboarding event types
A total of 11 gold medals will be up for grabs at the 2022 Olympics in Beijing, with Men’s and Women’s events in the Big Air, Halfpipe, Slopestyle, Parallel Giant Slalom, and Snowboard Cross, as well as the Mixed Team Snowboard Cross, which will be making its debut at the Games this year.
The complexity and uniqueness of every snowboard event means multiple medal winners are rare.
The snowboard events will take place between February 5 and February 15, and will largely be held at the Genting Snow Park in the Zhangjiakou cluster where other sports at the Games, including Nordic combined, ski jumping and biathlon, will also be held. However, the Big Air event will be staged at Big Air Shougang, which is located in the Shougang Industrial Park and is the first permanent Big Air structure in the world.
The complexity and uniqueness of every snowboard event means multiple medal winners are rare at the Olympics, with the only athlete to pick up more than one medal at the 2018 Games in PyeongChang being American Jamie Anderson, who successfully defended her gold medal in the Women’s Slopestyle before adding a silver in the Big Air.
US snowboarding star to shine
Anderson is expected to be one of the main medal contenders once again in the Women’s Slopestyle this year, especially considering she is also the most decorated woman in Winter X Games history, having won a staggering 16 medals.
The 31-year-old is not the only multi-medal winner expected to challenge in Beijing, with Czech star Eva Samkova, who picked up gold and bronze at the last two Olympics in the Snowboard Cross, also expected to feature prominently. However, Samkova is likely to face a battle for gold in that event, with reigning world champion Charlotte Bankes (1.909*) of Great Britain and defending Olympic champion Michela Moioli (6.690*) from Italy expected to challenge.
Other notable female competitors include Czech star Ester Ledecka, who became the first athlete to win two gold medals at the Winter Olympics across two different sports in 2018, as she triumphed in the Parallel Giant Slalom in snowboarding, as well as the Super-G in alpine skiing.
In the Men’s events, American veteran Shaun White will be pursuing a record fourth gold medal in snowboarding when he looks to defend his Halfpipe title at what will be his fifth Olympic Games. Other returning PyeongChang gold medallists include Red Gerard, who will be looking to defend his Slopestyle title, and reigning Big Air champion Sebastien Toutant.
The retirement of two-time Olympic champion Pierre Vaultier means there will be a new gold medallist in the Snowboard Cross, with world champion Lucas Eguibar expected to be a leading contender. Austria’s Benjamin Karl could be the one to beat in the Parallel Giant Slalom - the 36-year-old is a two-time Olympic medalist and five-time world champion, but he has never won gold at the Olympics.