Sports Olympics Athletes From Connecticut Compete At The 2018 Winter Olympics

Eight athletes from Connecticut will compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. From Westport to Enfield to Roxbury and Madison, here's a look at those Olympians who will compete and their stories.



USA's Madison Hubbell and USA's Zachary Donohue compete in the ice dance short dance of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOVMLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images ** OUTS - ELSENT, FPG, CM - OUTS * NM, PH, VA if sourced by CT, LA or MoD **



Your Full Schedule For Watching The Winter Olympics On TV


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Connecticut has plenty of ties to the Winter Olympics this year.Associated Press


All Times EST unless noted
Wednesday, Feb. 21

NBC

3-5 p.m. — Speedskating: Team Pursuit Gold Medal Finals; Cross Country: Men's Team Sprint Gold Medal Final

8-11 p.m. — Alpine Skiing: Men's Slalom, First Run (LIVE); Freestyle Skiing: Men's Halfpipe Gold Medal Final (LIVE); Bobsled: Women's Gold Medal Final Runs; Cross Country: Women's Team Sprint Gold Medal Final

11:35 p.m.-12:30 a.m. — Alpine Skiing: Men's Slalom Gold Medal Final Run (LIVE)

NBCSN

2:40-5 a.m. — Ice Hockey: Men's Quarterfinal (LIVE)

5-7:10 a.m. — Men's Curling: United States vs. Britain


7:10-10:45 a.m. — Ice Hockey: Men's Quarterfinal (LIVE); Bobsled: Women's Gold Medal Final Runs

10:45-1:30 p.m. — Speedskating: Men's & Women's Team Pursuit Gold Medal Finals; Cross Country: Men's & Women's Team Sprint Gold Medal Finals

1:30-5 p.m. — Men's Curling: United States vs. Britain

7-10:45 p.m. — Women's Curling: Canada vs. Olympic Athletes from Russia

10:45 p.m.-2 a.m. — Ice Hockey: Women's Gold Medal Game (LIVE)

USA

2:30-5 a.m. — Ice Hockey: Women's Bronze Medal Game (LIVE)

5-7:10 a.m. — Men's Curling: Sweden vs. Norway

7:10-9:30 a.m. — Ice Hockey: Men's Quarterfinal (LIVE)

CNBC

5-8 p.m. — Women's Curling: United States vs. Sweden

OLYMPIC CHANNEL

5-7 a.m. — Medal Ceremonies (LIVE)



Thursday, Feb. 22

NBC

3-5 p.m. — Biathlon: Women's 4x6km Relay Gold Medal Final; Nordic Combined: Men's Team Large Hill/4x5km Gold Medal Final

8 p.m.-Midnight — Figure Skating: Ladies' Gold Medal Final (LIVE); Alpine Skiing: Women's Combined, Downhill Run (LIVE); Snowboarding: Women's Big Air Gold Medal Final (LIVE); Short Track Speedskating: Men's 500, Women's 1000, Men's 5000 Relay Gold Medal Finals

12:35-2 a.m. — Alpine Skiing: Women's Combined, Slalom Gold Medal Run (LIVE); Freestyle Skiing: Women's Ski Cross Gold Medal Final

NBCSN

2-5:20 a.m. — Snowboarding: Men's & Women's Parallel Giant Slalom; Nordic Combined: Men's Team Large Hill/4x5km Gold Medal Final; Curling: Men's & Women's Tiebreaker

5:20-7:45 a.m. — Biathlon: Women's 4x6km Relay Gold Medal Final (LIVE); Nordic Combined: Men's Team Large Hill/4x5km Gold Medal Final (LIVE)

7:45-10:45 a.m. — Short Track Speedskating: Men's 500, Women's 1000, Men's 5000 Relay Gold Medal Finals

10:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m. — Curling: Men's & Women's Tiebreaker

1:45-4:45 p.m. — Curling: Men's Semifinal

7-10 p.m. — Figure Skating: Ladies' Free Program (LIVE)

10 p.m.-2 a.m. — Curling: Men's Semifinal (replay); Short Track Speedskating: Men's 500, Women's 1000, Men's 5000 Relay Gold Medal Final

CNBC

5-8 p.m. — Curling: Men's Semifinal

OLYMPIC CHANNEL

5-7 a.m. — Medal Ceremonies (LIVE)



Friday, Feb. 23

NBC

3-5 p.m. — Biathlon: Men's 4 8-11 p.m. — Alpine Skiing: Team Event Gold Medal Final (LIVE); Snowboarding: Men's Big Air Gold Medal Final (LIVE); Four-Man Bobsled; Speedskating: Men's 1000m Gold Medal Final

11:35 p.m.-1 a.m. — Snowboarding: Men's & Women's Parallel Giant Slalom Gold Medal Finals

NBCSN

2-5 a.m. — Ice Hockey: Men's Semifinal (LIVE)

5-6:30 a.m. — Speedskating: Men's 1000m Gold Medal Final (LIVE)

6:30-9:30 a.m. — Ice Hockey: Men's Semifinal (LIVE)

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Men's Curling: Bronze Medal Match

12:30-4 p.m. — Curling: Women's Semifinal

8 p.m.-Midnight — Biathlon: Men's 4 Midnight-3 a.m. — Cross Country: Men's 50km Gold Medal Final (LIVE)

CNBC

5-8 p.m. — Curling: Women's Semifinal

OLYMPIC CHANNEL

5-7 a.m. — Medal Ceremonies (LIVE)

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Saturday, Feb. 24

NBC

3-6 p.m. — Speedskating: Men's and Women's Mass Start Gold Medal Finals; Cross Country: Men's 50km Gold Medal Final

8-11 p.m. — Figure Skating Gala (LIVE); Bobsled: Four Man Gold Medal Final Runs (LIVE)

NBCSN

3-6:30 a.m. — Curling: Men's Gold Medal Final

6:30-9:30 a.m. — Ice Hockey: Men's Bronze Medal Game (LIVE)

9:30-11 a.m. — Speedskating: Men's and Women's Mass Start Gold Medal Finals

11 a.m.-2 p.m. — Curling: Women's Bronze Medal Match

4-7 p.m. — Curling: Men's Gold Medal Final (replay)

7-10:30 p.m. — Curling: Women's Gold Medal Final (LIVE)

10:30 p.m.-2 a.m. — Ice Hockey: Men's Gold Medal Game (LIVE)

OLYMPIC CHANNEL

5-7 a.m. — Medal Ceremonies (LIVE)

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Sunday, Feb. 25

NBC

3-6 p.m. — Cross Country: Women's 30km Gold Medal Final

8-10:30 p.m. — Closing Ceremony

NBCSN

2-4 a.m. — Cross Country: Women's 30km

Gold Medal Final


Photo Gallery: Local Athletes Compete In 2018 Olympics





Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue of the United States react as their scores are posted following their performance in the ice dance, free dance figure skating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)







Zachary Donohue compete in the ice dance free dance of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 20, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOVMLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images ** OUTS - ELSENT, FPG, CM - OUTS * NM, PH, VA if sourced by CT, LA or MoD **







USA's Madison Hubbell and USA's Zachary Donohue compete in the ice dance free dance of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 20, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOVMLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images ** OUTS - ELSENT, FPG, CM - OUTS * NM, PH, VA if sourced by CT, LA or MoD **







GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 20: Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue of the United States compete in the Figure Skating Ice Dance Free Dance on day eleven of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 20, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images) ** OUTS - ELSENT, FPG, CM - OUTS * NM, PH, VA if sourced by CT, LA or MoD **







GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 20: Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue of the United States compete in the Figure Skating Ice Dance Free Dance on day eleven of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 20, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) ** OUTS - ELSENT, FPG, CM - OUTS * NM, PH, VA if sourced by CT, LA or MoD **






Julia Marino, of the United States, jumps during qualification for the women's big air snowboard competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)






Julia Marino, of the United States, lands during qualification for the women's big air snowboard competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)






Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue of the United States perform during the ice dance, short dance figure skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)






US Julia Marino competes during the qualification of the women's snowboard big air event at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 19, 2018 in Pyeongchang. / AFP PHOTO / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVKIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images ** OUTS - ELSENT, FPG, CM - OUTS * NM, PH, VA if sourced by CT, LA or MoD **






US Julia Marino competes during the qualification of the women's snowboard big air event at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 19, 2018 in Pyeongchang. / AFP PHOTO / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVKIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images ** OUTS - ELSENT, FPG, CM - OUTS * NM, PH, VA if sourced by CT, LA or MoD **






PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 19: Julia Marino of the United States competes during the Snowboard Ladies' Big Air Qualification on day 10 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre on February 19, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images) ** OUTS - ELSENT, FPG, CM - OUTS * NM, PH, VA if sourced by CT, LA or MoD **






PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 19: Julia Marino of the United States competes during the Snowboard Ladies' Big Air Qualification on day 10 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre on February 19, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images) ** OUTS - ELSENT, FPG, CM - OUTS * NM, PH, VA if sourced by CT, LA or MoD **






USA's Madison Hubbell and USA's Zachary Donohue compete in the ice dance short dance of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images ** OUTS - ELSENT, FPG, CM - OUTS * NM, PH, VA if sourced by CT, LA or MoD **






USA's Madison Hubbell and USA's Zachary Donohue react after competing in the ice dance short dance of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOVMLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images ** OUTS - ELSENT, FPG, CM - OUTS * NM, PH, VA if sourced by CT, LA or MoD **






USA's Madison Hubbell and USA's Zachary Donohue compete in the ice dance short dance of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOVMLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images ** OUTS - ELSENT, FPG, CM - OUTS * NM, PH, VA if sourced by CT, LA or MoD **





PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 17: Kiley Mckinnon of the United States competes during the Freestyle Skiing Ladies' Aerials Final on day eight of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park on February 17, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images) ** OUTS - ELSENT, FPG, CM - OUTS * NM, PH, VA if sourced by CT, LA or MoD **






PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 17: Kiley Mckinnon of the United States competes during the Freestyle Skiing Ladies' Aerials Final on day eight of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park on February 17, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images) ** OUTS - ELSENT, FPG, CM - OUTS * NM, PH, VA if sourced by CT, LA or MoD **






GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 19: Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue of the United States compete during the Figure Skating Ice Dance Short Dance on day 10 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 19, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) ** OUTS - ELSENT, FPG, CM - OUTS * NM, PH, VA if sourced by CT, LA or MoD **






Mac Bohonnon of the United States crashes during the Freestyle Skiing Men's Aerials Qualification on day eight of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park on February 17, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.






Lindsey Jacobellis of Roxbury competes during the Ladies' Snowboard Cross Qualification on day seven of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park on February 16, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.






Lindsey Jacobellis of the United States (blue), Michela Moioli of Italy (green), Julia Pereira De Sousa Mabileau of France (black), Chloe Trespeuch of France (yellow), Alexandra Jekova of Bulgaria (white) and Eva Samkova of the Czech Republic (red) compete during the Ladies' Snowboard Cross Big Final on day seven of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park on February 16, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.






Snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis of Roxbury attends a press conference at the Main Press Centre during previews ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 8, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.






Kiley McKinnon, of Madison, finishes her run during the women's freestyle aerial final at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)






Kiley Mckinnon of Madison competes during the Freestyle Skiing Ladies' Aerials Qualification on day six of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park on February 15, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.



Aerials athlete Kiley McKinnon of Madison attends a press conference at the Main Press Centre during previews ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.





Aerials athlete Mac Bohonnon of Madison attends a press conference at the Main Press Centre during previews ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.





Emily Sweeney of Suffield brakes after her third run during the women's luge final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)






Emily Sweeney of Suffield competes in her third heat during the women's luge final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)






Julia Marino, of Westport, waits for the start of the women's slopestyle final at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018.






Julia Marino, of Westport, runs the course during the women's slopestyle final at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018.






Julia Marino, of Westport, jumps during the women's slopestyle final at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018.






Tucker West of Ridgefield starts his first men's luge run at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018.






Tucker West of Ridgefield competes in the second round of the men's luge at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018.






Emily Sweeney of Suffield walks off the ice after her second run during the women's luge competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018.






Emily Sweeney of Suffield brakes in the finish area after her first run during the women's luge competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018.







Noora Raty (41), of Finland, blocks a shot by Hilary Knight (21), a Choate graduate, during the second period of the preliminary round of the women's hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018.






Julia Marino of Westport competes in a run of the women's snowboard slopestyle final event at the Phoenix Park during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 12, 2018 in Pyeongchang.





Julia Marino, of Westport, competes in a run of the women's snowboard slopestyle final event at the Phoenix Park during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 12, 2018 in Pyeongchang.






Tucker West of Ridgefield competes in the men's luge singles run 1 during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, at the Olympic Sliding Centre on February 10, 2018 in Pyeongchang.






Emily Sweeney of Suffield slides during the Women's Singles Luge run 1 at Olympic Sliding Centre on February 12, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.






Tucker West of Ridgefield slides in run 3 during the Luge Men's Singles on day two of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Olympic Sliding Centre on February 11, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.






Hilary Knight #21, a Choate graduate, battles for the puck against Sara Sakkinen #26 of Finland in the first period during the Women's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round - Group A game on day two of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Kwandong Hockey Centre on February 11, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.






Hilary Knight #21, a Choate graduate, skates against Tanja Niskanen #61 of Finland in the first period during the Women's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round - Group A game on day two of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Kwandong Hockey Centre on February 11, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) ** OUTS - ELSENT, FPG, CM - OUTS * NM, PH, VA if sourced by CT, LA or MoD **


Zachary Donohue, Of Madison, And Madison Hubbell Just Miss Ice Dancing Podium, Finish Fourth




Zachary Donohue, of Madison, and Madison Hubbell came in fourth in the ice dancing competition of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Gangneung, South Korea on Tuesday. (Jamie Squire / Getty Images)


Zachary Donohue, a Madison native, and his ice dancing partner Madison Hubbell finished just off the podium Tuesday at the Pyeongchang Olympic Games.

The pair came in fourth place with a score of 187.69, behind another American pair — siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani — who took the bronze with a score of 192.59.

Canadian stars Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won the gold medal with a dazzling free skate. Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France earned silver.

Virtue and Moir were the last couple to leave the ice after their warmup early Tuesday, the Canadian ice dancers soaking in every second before their final Olympic performance.

They sure made it a memorable one.

After watching their training partners, Papadakis and Cizeron, set a world record with a flawless free skate, Virtue and Moir took the ice one last time with a dramatic interpretation of “Moulin Rouge.” Every movement was synchronized, every element raw and emotional, and the only question left at the end was whether it would be enough.

They wound up with a personal-best 122.40 points for a record 206.07 total, pushing them past their French rivals’ score of 205.28 and making them the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history.

It was the second gold medal of the Pyeongchang Games for Virtue and Moir, who were instrumental in helping Canada win the team event. It was also their third gold overall after winning their home Olympics in Vancouver in 2010, and their fifth medal overall after two silvers at the Sochi Games four years ago.


They retired for two years after that disappointment, content with their place in history, only to decide a couple of years ago to make one more run at Olympic glory.

They finished it off exactly how they had imagined.

Their medal total broke a tie with Russia’s Evgeni Plushenko and Sweden’s Gillis Grafstrom for the most in Olympic figure skating, and their golden haul matched the record shared by Grafstrom, Sonja Henie of Norway and Irina Rodnina of the Soviet Union.

Maia and Alex Shibutani won the bronze medal with a near-flawless free skate that totaled 192.59 points, edging Hubbell and Donohue by just under five points.

Still, the race for the gold medal came down to two teams a cut above the rest.

Vitue and Moir have been the standard bearers for the better part of a decade, the longest-tenured ice dance team in Canadian history. They carried the Maple Leaf flag into the opening ceremony, and their rock-inspired Latin short dance broke their own world record the previous day.

Papadakis and Cizeron were the new rivals on the scene, bringing a fresh, contemporary style that had won the judges over. They upset the Canadians at the Grand Prix Final in December, then set the world record with their elegant, mesmerizing performance at last month’s European championships.

The French couple, whose wardrobe malfunction in the short dance made them a trending topic worldwide, drew the penultimate starting number for Tuesday’s free dance. They put on a program that former ice dancer Meryl Davis described as “art in motion” — their lifts were effortless, choreographed elements smooth and synchronized twizzles as if they were tied together.

Their score of 123.35 points was exactly what they needed to make a case for gold.

The unflappable Virtue and Moir answered the challenge with 4 minutes to last a lifetime, a program certain to go down in Olympic history. The throaty, gritty portion of “El Tango de Roxanne” had the crowd roaring, and the finishing lift was a fitting conclusion to an exemplary performance.

Not to mention their exemplary careers.

The Americans had ensured themselves a medal when the “Shib Sibs,” who helped the U.S. win the team bronze, put on their best performance of the season. Their sharply choreographed show to “Paradise” by Coldplay made up the two-hundredths of a point they trailed Hubbell and Donohue after the short dance.

The third American team, Madison Chock and Evan Bates, were also within sight of the podium after their short dance. But a rare and stunning fall entering their combination spin was enough to damage an otherwise beautiful performance to “Imagine” that still drew an emotional applause




Westport Snowboarder Julia Marino Qualifies For Big Air Finals At Winter Olympics




Staff report


Westport snowboarder Julia Marino will move onto the finals of the big air competition of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Marino scored an 83.75 on her opening run, which put her in second place after the first round of runs. An 85.25 in her second run secured Marino a spot in top 12, meaning she will be in the finals.

Marino, 20, is competing in her first Olympics.

Last week she finished 11th overall in the slopestyle competition with a score of 55.85. Extreme wind conditions threw off Marino and other snowboarders through most of the competition.


Marino is entering her second year as a professional snowboarder. Last year, she won the gold medal for slopestyle and bronze for big air at the X Games Aspen.

Finals for big air are scheduled for Thursday night at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.