2010
02.17

We are half way through week one of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, and already there have been a few stand-out events and snowboarding performances in this year winter games.

We should hopefully be getting some reports from Canada, from our man in the field Big Rob, however we have a sneaking suspicion he has almost certainly got himself lost in one of the many bars of Whistler, we will keep you posted on his progress.

The first Event to set the standard was the Men’s and Women’s mogul finals; these finals truly showed the excitement and passion in this still very young and growing ski discipline; this event rivals the downhill for danger and drama, just watching the men’s final had me on the edge of my sofa and then exploding off it when Canadian Alexandre Bilodeau finished the run of his life time and showed the rest, including Canadian but now Australian multi-millionaire Dale Begg-Smith (who turns up to training in a Lamborghini), how a gold medal run should look.

The Men’s Mogul finals also added an extra element to the Winter Olympics, which I feel the other events should adopt. This is the big white sofas for the Gold, Silver and Bronze medal positions at the end of the course. The reason this is genius is because, as the scores or times improve, previous 1 place competitors have to move down the sofa, and the looks on the poor sad faces of those moving down the sofas is enough to break your heart, but extremely funny too, specially when they have to leave the sofas all together and head to the back with all the rest of the losers.

Sofa podiums are the future of world sport!!!!

However, the true highlight of the winter games so far has been the men’s and women’s Snowboard X finals.

The men’s Snowboards cross finals were the most high paced and electrifying I have seen for a long time, even the X games event lack the intensity only the Olympics bring to this event. The star of the two qualifying heats was Australian Alex Pullin, but unfortunately he fell in the first of knockout race heats; however Pullin is one to seriously watch in the future.

This leads me on to Seth Wescott of the USA who showed his experience and form throughout the race heats and eventually took the Olympic Gold medal for the second time in SBX.

The women’s Snowboard X story was all about the terrible weather during qualifying. Due to flat light and dense fog the female competitors had to, as Yoda would say, “use the force” to navigate blindly through the course and obstacles, as most of us who have ever tried to plot a course in these types of conditions know, so this really did highlight the skill and nerve all the SBX riders need just to qualify. The Canadian Maelle Ricker dominated the race heat to claim a home victory and the Gold medal.

Great Britain hope for Gold Zoe Gillings, showed how good a British snowboarder can be without help or backing from the British Olympic association, so imagine how well the UK could do in future, if help and support were given more freely to our snowboarders and skiers, because we do have the talent to compete on the world stage and win medals and gold ones at that!!!

So next up is the Half Pipe event tonight, I really do hope this does not just become a Shaun White exhibition event, but I will keep you posted on Twitter.

Until next time …keep watching the games

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