How Snowboarding Conquered The Winter Olympics | Burning Questions

How Snowboarding Conquered The Winter Olympics | Burning Questions


It might be one of the most
popular Winter Olympic sports around, attracting throngs
of cowbell-ringing fans everywhere it goes. But did you know that
snowboarding was actually banned by most ski
resorts until the 1980s? All right. Chill out, mate. Chill out. It’s a ski resort.
Oh… So how did snowboarding go
from the bad boy of the slopes to Olympic glory? (BURNING QUESTIONS) (HOW SNOWBOARDING CONQUERED
THE WINTER OLYMPICS?) (WINTER GAMES EDITION) Even though snowboarding
is a relatively young sport, it has a colourful history. Snowboarding made its Olympic
debut in 1998 at Nagano. Then, there were just
two snowboarding events – giant slalom and halfpipe. In PyeongChang, there’ll
be five opportunities to win medals for
both men and women. Perhaps the most eye-catching
of these is the Big Air. Brand new for
PyeongChang, Big Air is like the last jump in a
slope-style course only bigger, like much bigger. The one in PyeongChang
is 49 metres high. To put that into context,
that’s about as tall as
Nelson’s Column in London, which is just a
bit smaller than me. So how does it work? Boarders fly down a steep ramp
that resembles a ski jump. They then do one big trick
as they fly off the jump. From the moment they
fly off the ramp, the snowboarder has
about 2.5 seconds to impress the judges.
That’s not a lot of time. There are not a lot of things
you can do in 2.5 seconds, but here are just some of them. (BEE FLAPS WINGS 675 TIMES) (26,125 CANS OF COKE CONSUMED) (15 NEW HUMANS ARE BORN) (102,500 FACEBOOK
STATUS UPDATES) (LIGHTNING WILL STRIKE
250 TIMES) (250,000 CHEMICAL REACTIONS
IN EVERY HUMAN CELL) It’s just a little bit
less than the current Rubik’s Cube world record, which currently stands
at just over four seconds, which I will demonstrate
for you right now. Nailed it. So what are snowboarders
thinking about as they fly through the air
with the greatest of ease? And what are the physics behind
pulling off a move like, say, the triple cork 1620? In order to execute
4.5 rotations, all while flipping
three times off axis, the snowboarder requires
incredible athletic powers. But let’s break it
down even further. On the approach,
the athlete crouches down low to pick up speed. It’s by increasing his velocity
that he gets the biggest air. As he hits the edge, the athlete straightens
his legs and angles his upper body towards the
tail end of his snowboard. This initiates the
rotation, since there’s no way to do this
once he’s in the air. After the first spin,
the rider tucks his body into a ball to increase
his angular momentum, just like figure skaters
tuck in their arms into their bodies. Around the third flip,
the rider might crouch down and grab the board to help
maintain the rotational speed even longer. Straightening up for
the final 1.5 spins allows the athlete to slow down
and start gauging the time left until the landing. And how do they nail
that landing? The answer is saccadic
eye movements, obviously, flicking his gaze over a
few reference points on the landing area. As he lands, he
actually starts looking in the opposite direction
of the spin, which helps to pull him
out of the rotation. And, finally, to avoid
landing on an edge, the rider must ensure
he stomps the landing. You can certainly
see why Big Air is said to be one of the
biggest events in PyeongChang. But would snowboarding be
so popular today if it still had its original name? Legend has it that
snowboarding began in 1965 when Sherman Poppen
– what a name! – tied two skis together
to make a toy for his daughters. The new game was
dubbed “snurfing”, a hybrid of skiing and surfing. And it quickly spread. But perhaps the most
famous snowboarder of them all is actually not a
real snowboarder at all. Fictional super spy James Bond
performed a snowboarding chase in A View To A Kill. And – sorry to break it
to you – it wasn’t really Roger Moore doing
the snowboarding. It was legendary
snowboarder Tom Sims, who was his stunt double. In fact, seeing James
Bond on the snowboard is credited with helping
to popularize the sport and help it break
into the mainstream. As James Bond would say,
“You only live once.”

25 Replies to “How Snowboarding Conquered The Winter Olympics | Burning Questions”

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  2. These titles are a bit misleading. This was more how a rider does a big air trick and a short history rather than why snowboarding is popular in the Olympics. I also don't think snowboard exactly conquers the Olympics compared to other sports so there was no real explanation as to why it "conquers" the Olympics.

  3. Whaaaat?? Blooper allert on JB.. All these year we thought it was the most athletic JB of all, Sir Roger Moore, that did the snowboarding stunt…ooooooooh 😉

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