14yr-old Chloe Kim GOLD Superpipe

Fourteen year old, Chloe Kim, earned gold in superpipe finals at X Games 15 in Aspen, Colorado, and became the youngest athlete of all time to stand atop an X Games podium.

Kim took the win with her last run that included a switch method, cab 9, and a switch backside 7. Despite suffering a gnarly crash in practice, in which she chipped her tooth, Kim was still able to stomp this gold medal run. …

Snowboarding

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Toller Cranston dead at 65

what we know so far – Legendary Canadian figure skater Cranston dead at 65

Toller Cranston (April 20, 1949 – January 24, 2015) was a Canadian figure skater and painter.

He is the 1971–1976 Canadian national champion, the 1974 World bronze medallist, and the 1976 Olympic bronze medallist. Despite never winning Worlds due to his poor compulsory figures, he won the small medal for free skating at the 1972 and 1974 World Figure Skating Championships.

Cranston is credited by many with bringing a new level of artistry to men’s figure skating. …

Cranston was also a commentator on CBC television for figure skating events. However, in 1991, the CBC fired him, citing concerns from the Canadian Figure Skating Association that his often brutally frank and opinionated commentary was denigrating to Canadian skaters. Cranston filed a lawsuit against the CBC that was eventually resolved in his favor. …

He was brutal. But also very funny. Fans loved his colour commentary.

He was an outspoken critic of bad judging. And spoke passionately in favour of allowing back flips in competition, banned after Terry Kubicka included it at the 1976 Olympic Winter Olympics.

Cranston

In Toller’s honour, check this round-off triple back handspring.

related – the comparatively boring Progressive SKATING & GYMNASTICS SPECTACULAR 2014.

Thank Dave Adlard for the link.

Danny Davis wins Snowboard Superpipe

Incredibly talented 16yr-old Olympic bronze medalist Taku Hiraoka 2nd.

Olympic champion Iouri Podladtchikov was 3rd.

Shaun White 4th.

Click PLAY or watch it on ESPN.

Triple Cork – Sport Science

John Brenkus and the Sport Science team examines the physics behind one of the most difficult tricks in snowboarding.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Does that all look correct to you?

John Brenkus has voiced over erroneous biomechanics in the past. He thinks that’s a double twist. :-)

Winter X Games 2015 Aspen begins today.

Candide Thovex ski GoPro

Candide Thovex is renowned as one of the best skiers in the world and we now know what it’s like to spend five minutes in his boots. (Just without all the actual thrills of speeding down a steep slope with no end in sight, which is a good thing.)

The 32-year-old posted a GoPro video on YouTube earlier this week of him nonchalantly going off-peak, weaving through trees like an obstacle course, doing trampoline-like summersaults and all the flips and turns you could ever dream of. It’s a terrifying and mind-boggling ride.

Sporting News

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. The last 30 seconds are scariest. Yeesh.

Lais de Souza – lifetime pension

A Brazilian athlete paralyzed while training for the aerial ski competition at last year’s Winter Olympics will get a lifetime pension.

Brazil President Dilma Rousseff approved a special law that provides funds to Lais de Souza, a 26-year-old former gymnast who hit a tree during a training run in January 2014.

The accident happened days before she would have been named as a qualifier for the Sochi Olympics. De Souza, who represented Brazil in gymnastics at the Athens and Beijing summer games, is confined to a wheelchair, unable to move her arms or legs. …

Lais

bloomberg

via FIG WEEKLY PRESS CLIPPINGS)

How many other nations do this for their catastrophically injured Olympic heroes?

Snowboard Air and Style

The Air & Style is a European snowboard contest first held in Innsbruck, Austria in 1994 and now held annually.

The 2014-15 events:

Beijing Dec 5-6
Innsbruk Jan 16-17
Los Angeles Feb 21-22

Click PLAY or watch a promo on Hard Body.

air-style.com/en/