Difficult conditions delayed the start of the women’s Snowboard Slopestyle finals by an hour, with some athletes now slamming the staging of the event in high winds and blustery conditions and Austria’s Anna Gasser, describing the event as a “lottery.”
The event had been modified from its standard format after high winds forced the cancellation of Sunday afternoon’s two-run qualifying stage, which typically narrows the field to 12 finalists for a three-run final. Instead, a total of 25 entrants competed in Monday morning’s two-run final with the best score counting towards their final position.
“I just kind of tried to stay in my zone, stay optimistic. I knew there was wind, obviously, but who knows when there’s not going to be wind”
The International Ski Federation reacted to claims the event was staged in dangerous conditions, saying in a statement; “The FIS is aware that the weather conditions for today’s ladies’ slopestyle competition were challenging for the competitors. The first priority for FIS is the safety of the athletes and FIS would never stage a competition if this could not be assured.”
These conditions undeniably threw many of the women competing at the Phoenix Snow Park however, with only five of 25 finalists making it through their opening attempt without a fall.