Slopestyle snowboarding is one of the most exciting and perilous events in the Winter Olympics. When major medal contender and one of the brightest stars of the sport, Shaun White, defected from the event on Tuesday, the event became arguably more intriguing.
Slopestyle is a new addition to the Winter Games and brings a modern twist to some of the more traditional snow sports of the Olympics. In slopestyle, the athletes compete over a difficult, downhill course which contains jumps, rails and quarter pipes. Deadspin reports that the course for the Olympic debut has been cited by contenders as being particularly treacherous.
On Thursday morning, eight contenders advanced to the finals. Only four spots remain and 21 riders will compete on Saturday to determine who will move on and try to achieve a place in Olympic history.