BEST SNOWBOARDERS OF THE WORLD
Snowboarding is a fairly young sport; it was included in the Olympic program in 1998. In recent years, snowboarding has gained great popularity. Everyone is eager to get the necessary equipment, they read a lot of articles about choosing a board, types of snowboarding. And who knows the name of the half-pipe Olympic champion? Well, who is recognized as the best snowboarder in the world? This is what our article will be about today.
Perhaps the best snowboarder in the world is Sean White. He was born in 1986, September 3. The boy began skiing and snowboarding at the age of six, and at 13 he had already performed in the Continental Cup. Mostly, Sean takes part in North American competitions, for example, in X-Games, where he won 2 bronze, 3 silver and 9 gold medals, performing in slopestyle and half-pipe.
At the 2006 and 2010 Olympics, White won gold medals in the half-pipe discipline. Moreover, in Turin, he scored 46.8 points, setting a world record, and in Vancouver he improved it, gaining 48.4 points. Sean’s name often sounds in games and films about snowboarding. Incidentally, the athlete was nicknamed Flying Tomato for the bright red color of his hair.
Seth Wescott, another American snowboarder, performs in Bordercross. He was born in June 1976, he began to practice snowboarding and skiing from an early age. Seth began to take part in international competitions at the age of 19, in 2003 he competed in the World Cup and won silver, and in 2005 – gold. In 2006, Bordercross was included in the Olympic program and Wescott became the first Olympic champion in this form. In 2010, in Vancouver, the athlete defended his Olympic title, despite the fact that it was not his favorite.
Philipp Schoch is a Swiss snowboarder involved in giant slalom and parallel giant slalom. The athlete was born in October 1979. He made his debut in December 2000 at the World Cup. In total, during his career, Philip won 15 stages of the World Cup, twice became the vice world champion, and twice – the Olympic champion in the parallel giant slalom. From 2007 to 2009, the snowboarder was recovering from a back injury, due to which he subsequently did not qualify for the Vancouver Olympic Games.
Jayce-Jay Anderson is a Canadian athlete in snowboarding and parallel events. He was born in 1975 on April 13th. He began his career on December 18, 1996, speaking at the World Cup stage and taking third place there. In total, Jacy won 24 times in cup competitions – 9 in parallel disciplines and 15 in snowboard cross. Anderson four times won the world title: in 2001 in the giant slalom, in 2005 in the parallel slalom and in 2005, 2009 in the parallel giant slalom. The snowboarder has always passed the selection for the Winter Olympic Games, but only in 2010 he managed to win a gold medal in the parallel giant slalom.
Karin Ryubi is a famous French snowboarder. She was born on January 4, 1978. Karin is a six-time world champion, she has performed in brodercross and slalom disciplines. The athlete is the first woman in the world to win the Olympic gold medal in snowboarding, it happened at the Olympics in Nagano in 1998. In 2002, Karin became second at the Salt Lake City Winter Games, losing only to Isabelle Blanc. Having completed her sports career after the Olympic Games in Turin, the snowboarder began to engage in mountaineering, and in 2009, leading a group along the mountain range, she fell into an ice crack, where she died. Until now, Karin Ryubi is considered the most titled snowboarder in the world.
Torah Bright – a famous Australian snowboarder, performs in half-pipe. Torah was born on 12/27/1986. The first major competition for her was the Winter Olympics in Turin, in which she finished fifth. In 2007, 2009, she won the X Games competition. At the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Torah was chosen as the standard bearer for the opening ceremony. As part of the same games, she won a medal of highest dignity, becoming the fourth Olympic champion in Australian history.
Mael Danika Riker is a Canadian snowboarder who performs in halfpipe and snowboard cross country. She was born in Whistler in 1978, she began to engage in snowboarding at the age of 12. Mael made her debut in December 1996 at the FIS World Cup. In total, she won 14 victories at the stages of the World Cup, of which 12 in the snowboard cross. The Olympic Games in Turin were not the most successful for Riker – she received an injury that permanently knocked her out of the competition process. But at the Olympics in her native Canada, in Vancouver, the athlete won a gold medal in her favorite discipline – snowboard cross.
Nicolin Sowerbrey is a Dutch snowboarder. She performs in parallel giant slalom. Nikolin was born in De Hoof on July 31, 1979. In 2008, the athlete won the World Cup in snowboarding. At the 2010 Olympics, she won gold in her discipline, becoming the first champion to bring her country a top-notch medal in the winter games not in figure skating and ice skating.