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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Snowboarders complain about unsafe ‘s—show’ conditions

Olympics PyeongChang

Weather conditions in the opening days of competition at the PyeongChang Games are quickly becoming a point of contention for many snowboarders.

Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan revealed Sunday that many female snowboarders are “livid” that the slopestyle contest was run that day despite intense winds. Dutch rider Cheryl Maas was even quoted as calling it a “s—show.”

Passan also adds that almost all of the women in the field crashed as a result of the gusts. That includes 17-year-old Australian snowboarder Tess Coady, who suffered a ruptured ACL in a training crash on Sunday. In an Instagram post, Coady pointed to the winds as a factor in her injury.

You can certainly understand the riders’ concerns due to not only the injury risk but the hesistance it may give them to attempt more difficult tricks as well.

Sunday’s qualifying round was cancelled due to the winds, leading to all competitors moving to Monday’s final. American Jamie Anderson was able to battle the winds to pick up her second consecutive gold medal in the women’s slopestyle.

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