Snowboard Cross

Ella Witham

About Snowboard Cross

It became an Olympic sport in 2006 and is also a part of the Winter X Games. It is a competitive snowboard race event. The way it works is that there are four snowboarders at the top. They all start simultaneously at the top. They go through a series of things to reach the finish line. Norway holds the most medals for this sport.

Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

Friday, Feb. 7th, 9am

Sochi, Russia

Facts About Snowboard Cross

1) American Lindsey Jacobellis is a favorite.


2) Lindsey Jacobellis's mistake was Tanja Frieden's gain


3) The U.S. missed out on having a second rider on the podium at the 2010 Vancouver Games when Nate Holland ultimately crashed in the big final


4) At the 2010 Vancouver Games, Canada's Maelle Ricker made the big final in women's snowboard cross for the second straight Olympics


5) Expected at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Lindsey Jacobellis' hopes for victory were once again derailed by a crash


6) The number of athletes racing head-to-head in each snowboard cross heat can vary between contests


8) No two snowboard cross courses are alike


7) Following an ACL tear in January 2012, Lindsey Jacobellis spent about a year and half off the snow


9) Only one American male has won a World Cup snowboard cross event this season


10) Overcoming a broken collarbone he suffered in December at the first World Cup event, Nate Holland returned to the course