U.S. Dominates Olympic Slopestyle Snowboarding

  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    Embed <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/274549062/274549073" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
  • Transcript

Team America dominated that competition over the weekend, grabbing both the men's and women's gold.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Well, the first weekend of the Olympics brought the new and wildly popular extreme sport of slopestyle snowboarding to the Winter Games. Competitors fly down a mountainside, going over a series of jumps, even ride their snowboards down metal rails.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Team America dominated that competition over the weekend, grabbing both the men's and women's gold. Jamie Anderson won for the women. The four-time X Games champion was the favorite going in, and her run was said to be nearly flawless.

INSKEEP: For the men, it was Sage Kotsenburg. His big trick was a backside 1620 with a Japan grab. I have no idea what I just said, but it sounds very impressive. It means he spun around four-and-a-half times while flying through the air, and one hand holding onto the front of his board. A slick move, or a sick move, as they say in slopestyle.

Copyright © 2014 NPR. All rights reserved. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at www.npr.org for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.