Get to Know a New Olympic Event: Big Air Snowboarding

Event: Big air snowboarding

What it is: Big air snowboarding is not to be confused with “Big Sky” snowboarding, in which Kate Bush and the surviving members of the Kinks sing quirky songs while navigating a halfpipe. No. In big air snowboarding, competitors launch themselves off a steep, ski-jump-style ramp and do one big trick while sailing high through the air. Athletes are judged on a number of different criteria, including difficulty, execution, landing, and amplitude. (Ramplitude,...

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