The Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia are just around the corner and they mark a milestone in the history of snowboarding. For the first time, slopestyle snowboarding will be included as an event and I am seriously excited. This means big changes and a lot of new exciting action for Olympic snowboarding.
There is so much for me to write about for the upcoming Olympics that I've been having trouble deciding what to do. I haven't yet written an article explaining exactly what slope style is yet, but don't worry, it's in the works!
What I have been doing (when I'm not up at Snowbird ripping turns) is reading up on the athletes to watch in the games this year. As usual, the USA and Canada are sending the lion's share of the talent, but there are a few guys and gals from other countries that are going to light it up as well.
Here are some of the athletes that I'm going to be sure to watch:
Kaitlyn Farrington has been ripping it up for a few years now and just keeps getting better. She was the first female athlete to land a backside 900 and has kept surprising fans by getting bigger and better every year. She'll be one to watch in the half pipe this year.
Chas Guldemond has built up an impressive list of wins over the past four years and is going to be riding for team USA in the new slopestyle event, which he has consistently excelled in in other competitions. Keep an eye on this guy.
Eric Willet is another slopestyle specialist who is going to be giving Chas a run for his money. He's placed consistently in competitions over the past few years and the Olympics should be no exception.
Jaime Anderson is only 23, but has been competing (and winning) for seven years. This phenomenal rider from Tahoe has the distinction of being the youngest Winter X Games medalist ever and is poised to tear it up in the new slopestyle event in Sochi.
Norwegian shredder Torstein Horgmo -- the first person in history to land a triple-cork -- is constantly coming out on top in slopestyle competitions with his mastery of both rails and big air. He's had a big year in 2013 and will likely ring in 2014 with some massive maneuvers.
Finally, I'm totally stoked to watch my countryman, Canadian Mark McMorris rip it up. If his performance in X Games and Burton Stash tour are any sign of what's to come, Canada is going to be seeing some snowboarding medals this year.
I'm super stoked for the Olympics, so keep your eyes on this guide and blog for more info and updates leading up to the events in Sochi.