4 out of every 5 slopestyle competitors crashed in a dangerous gold medal event at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Many snowboarders in Pyeongchang, South Korea failed to contend with the 31 km/hour gales.
The event should have been cancelled, according to the bronze medalist.
Weather at the Winter Olympics was so bad on Monday that the women’s slopestyle gold medal event should have been cancelled, according to bronze medalist Enni Rukajarvi.
The slopestyle — a winter sports equivalent of skateboarding and BMX — is an event that showcases an athlete’s creativity and courage as competitors conjure up tricks (like spins and flips) using a variety of obstacles like rails and ski jumps.
Wind can have a severe impact on an athlete’s ability to land their jumps — and this was the case in Pyeongchang in South Korea as four out of every five Olympians crash-landed thanks to 31 kilometre per hour gusts of wind.
Nick Pope, a commentator for BBC Sport, said on Twitter that the Pyeongchang slopestyle was like “the world’s most beautiful graveyard.” Another BBC commentator said: “You wouldn’t land an airplane in this.”
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Source:: Businessinsider – Sports