Is Slope style to Dangerous?

A broken collarbone, a concussion,a dozen small injuries.Some jumps built obnoxiously tall,sticky rails and a major drop out were some of the crucial news at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Slope style event. Many people are concerned that the slope style event is too dangerous and the course condition is terrible!
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Slopestyle in general

Slope style is a judged competition,you are judged on if you look clean and good when going through the course. You also score points for tricks you do, the better the trick the better the score! Some of the contestants do Moguls which are large,packed,snow bumps on the snow. Then some contestants jump off of the Moguls and others weave through them. Usually Slope style is held in a snowboard park. Slope style has been held in the X games for many years as a result it joined the Olympics in 2014.

Shaun White

Shaun White snowboard legend dropped out of Slope style in the Olympics because it was too dangerous. “The difficult decision to forgo slope style is not one I take lightly as I know how much effort everyone has put into holding the slope style event for the first time in Olympic history “ Shaun White said. Authorities from the US Olympic committee and USSA support Shaun's decision. Also the course has gotten a lot of attention that it normally wouldn't have because of Shaun's decision to drop out. Then they actually tried to make the course better but it wasn't enough to please him.“With the Practice runs I have taken, even after course modifications and watching fellow athletes get hurt the potential risk of injury is a bit too much for me to gamble my other Olympic goals on” Shaun White said.

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Course Condition

Many contestants are worried about the course condition.Then one Finnish Competitor said “the course crossed the line from gnarly too sketchy”.Some athletes also say that the condition of the course doesn't match up to the world class athletes that are there.For most viewers the course probably looks average but it’s hard and near impossible to tell the consistency of the snow or how sticky the rails are. Also after all the injuries the course was modified to be safer. But some athletes compared the jumps like going off a building and the rails were very sticky and needed to be waxed.Some jumps “built obnoxiously tall”.”Looks pretty sketchy the rails are sticky” one competitor said.


Marika Enne crashed on a jump she was carried off by a stretcher,she hit her head and got a concussion. Also Torstein Horgmo fell on a jump at practice and broke his collarbone. With those major injuries there were about a dozen smaller injuries. But after all of these injuries the course was modified to be safer.Even though some contestants say there wasn't much of a difference at all.
Many people are worried that Slope style is just an accident waiting to happen and that the Olympic course condition is terrible! Also they are concerned that more people will get added on the long list of people who already have been injured,major or not. Despite the fact there is a great danger with this sport there will probably always be people that are willing to take on the challenge and do it anyway.