I love the story of Ester Ledecká’s double gold in both skiing and snowboarding at the 2018 Olympics, but not because of the ski/snowboard rivalry. I like this story because of what it says about how much our sports gain through collaborative competition.
When I ride with skiers I find our differences in line choice, terrain usage, and tactics for approaching situations make for great discussions and opportunities to challenge ourselves by adapting others’ perspectives. Did Ester win because she looked at the course differently? Or because her athletic training from both sports gave her an advantage?
There are going to be heaps of conversations and different versions of dissecting of what happened last night, but what I know is I can improve my riding by riding with skiers and occasionally putting on skis myself, and similarly, our two-planked friends can learn from following our lines and maybe even taking a snowboard lesson!
Tune in for more thoughts in this edition of First Chair, Last Call with George Thomas.
2018 Burton U.S. Open Competition Schedule:
Tuesday, March 6th: Halfpipe Junior Jam
Wednesday, March 7th: Men’s and Women’s Slopestyle Semi-Finals
Thursday, March 8th: Men’s and Women’s Halfpipe Semi-Finals
Friday, March 9th: Men’s and Women’s Slopestyle Finals
Saturday, March 10th: Men’s and Women’s Halfpipe Finals
I started SBG with two good friends in the fall of 1998 as we prepared to hit the road on a snowboard roadtrip. It’s been more than a decade since I started cobbling together bits of code to make a website that would catalog our trip as we traveled from Alaska into Canada and then down through Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado during what was to be one of the best seasons on record. Read more “SBG: Where we’ve been, where we’re at, where we are going”
November 1st, 2009 – Finally, a day on snow! I hit up Loveland with Steamboat friends Dylan, Carly, Doug, and Shay from shayboarder.com. The sky was a deep blue, the sun was out, and the snow was pretty fun. Loveland had two lifts running and a couple of “white ribbons of death” to choose from. Read more “First Day On Snow 11/1 | Day 6 of 30 Days on the Road”