Dangerous course frightens Olympian slopestylers

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

Even the often fearless Olympian snowboarders were spooked by the intensity of the slopestyle course. It will still be exciting watching them navigate all the tricky obstacles on the adjusted version!

It turns out the Rosa Khutor “Extreme Park” is a bit too extreme, as Olympic organizers have promised to change the slopestyle course after competitors complained. Slopestyle is an event where athletes will have to overcome obstacles like rails, quarterpipes, and jumps while performing high-flying tricks as they descend a 655-meter course.

Norwegian medal contender Torstein Horgmo crashed and broke his collarbone during practice on the deadly course, and other slopestylers want the height of three jumps lowered. American snowboarder Charles Guildemond said that the jumps are like “dropping out of the sky” and British snowboarder Billy Morgan expressed, “It’s been a bit scary getting used to hitting the jumps.”

The International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS) blamed Horgmo’s injuries on the jump he was trying to make, rather than the course. However, the course will be adjusted. “It’s a common process that the athletes come to a venue and have concerns after the first day of training,” said Bill van Gilder of the FIS to BBC Sports. “Today’s features were super-good, they just need a few tweaks to make them even better and the feeling I have is that everyone’s ‘stoked’ with the course.”

Images courtesy of Sochi 2014 Winter Games Facebook.