The 2018 Winter Olympics, one of the biggest events on the global sporting calendar, has gotten under way in PyeongChang, South Korea, and although the opening ceremony has now ended, you can still watch the 2,500 athletes from 90 nations compete for gold over ice and snow.
The Winter Olympic women’s snowboard slopestyle event takes place Feb. 11 at 9 p.m. ET. You can watch each and every run online through NBC Sports (live stream).
Weather stripped snowboarders of a chance to tackle the course in Pyeongchang Saturday and provided an extra sense of urgency to Sunday’s action. As a result, a loaded finals will feature each and every Olympic qualifier — and the extra competitors mean that everyone will only get two chances to carve up their best possible runs instead of the standard three.
American Jamie Anderson can continue her country’s dominance of the event by defending her gold. The 27 year old won the first-ever women’s event in 2014, taking the top spot at the podium and combining with male counterpart Sage Kotsenburg to make it a Team USA sweep. Another big performance would repeat that feat — only this time with 17-year-old Red Gerard, who won the men’s side of the competition Saturday.
She’s not the only American with a great chance to earn some shiny new hardware. Julia Marino is a budding slopestyle star after winning Winter X Games gold in the event as a 19 year old in 2017 and then finishing second at 2018’s competition. She can make her first Olympic experience a memorable one with an aggressive course down the Phoenix Snow Park mountain.
Slopestyle brings all the elements of the skate park to the mountain, but they’ll be spaced down a long path devoted to picking up speed and unlocking some of the craziest tricks you’ll see at the Olympics. Anderson and her cohort will tackle a course filled with ramps, rails, and jumps designed to push snowboarders into the most creative — and difficult — runs they can manage. Judges will be on hand to grade their moves, which include grinds, spins, grabs, and flips. Medal winners are usually anchored by one unforgettable capstone.