SOCHI, February 06. /ITAR-TASS/. Canadian snowboarder Spencer O’Brien said on Thursday she was excited and happy that women snowboard slopestyle made its Olympic debut at the 2014 Winter Games in the Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi.
O’Brien, who won the gold medal in slopestyle at the 2013 FIS Snowboarding World Championships and three medals (one silver, two bronze) at the Winter X-Games, said she was glad that slopestyle was included in the Olympic program.
The 26-year-old snowboarder said that when she snapped on the board before hitting the trail of the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park she suddenly realized how much she had to achieve and overcome in order to come to the Olympics.
The Canadian said she was excited because the whole world will now come to know what snowboard slopestyle is about.
Thursday’s qualifiers both in men and women snowboard slopestyle came one day ahead before the official opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Olympics, which run until February 23 and will be followed by Paralympic Winter Games on March 7-16.
The qualifiers consisted of two heats, each with two runs for slopestylers. Eight snowboarders, four out of each heat, were qualified straight to the final, while the rest will continue their competition for the Olympic victory in the semifinals.
O’Brien hit the slopestyle trail in the first heat and with the result of 82.75 points qualified straight to the final, which will be held on Saturday.