Big-air Snowboarding is headed to the Winter Olympics for the first time, and it promises many of Pyeongchang’s most death-defying thrills. According to the New York Times, big-air offers even greater verticality than what Olympic snowboarding fans are used to, as competitors regularly reach heights 65 feet above the slope. The danger of these jumps is baked into the sport: falls can be catastrophic, and irregularities in the weather or landscape can lead to disaster. Nevertheless, big-air takes snowboarding to its most exciting extreme, and the sport is sure to be a new fan-favorite when the boarders take to the slope in Pyeongchang.
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