PyeongChang 2018 Sport Week: Snowboard Ones to Watch

These six athletes could be celebrating at the top of the podium in March 06 Feb 2018
a male Para snowboarder

Teenager Chris Vos is one of the main medal contenders for PyeongChang 2018

ⒸLandgraaf LOC

Snowboard will make its second Paralympic Winter Games appearance at PyeongChang 2018, and these six athletes will be going for gold in snowboard-cross and banked slalom disciplines.

Lisa Bunschoten, Netherlands

The SB-LL2 Dutch rider has not been able to beat her mentor in Bibian Mentel-Spee on the big stages, including runner-up finishes at the 2017 Worlds. However she has been a serious contender on the World Cup circuit, going undefeated so far this season.

Cecile Hernandez-Cervellon, France

The French snowboarder has got the better of rival Brenna Huckaby so far this season, leading the women’s SB-LL1 overall standings ahead of the US athlete. Huckaby may be the world champion, but Hernandez-Cervallon’s latest World Cup victories in Pyha, Finland, give her the edge.

Brenna Huckaby, USA

The energetic 22-year-old is the reigning double-world champion, and the heavy favourite to win the snowboard-cross and banked slalom events in the women’s SB-LL1, despite trailing in this season’s World Cup standings. PyeongChang will be her Paralympic Games debut.

Mike Minor, USA

Minor emerged on the scene in the 2015-16 World Cup season, where he won the banked slalom SB-UL title. He went on to take all accolades in the next World Cup season, as well as win two World Championship medals in Big White, Canada. This 2017-18 World Cup season is no different as leads the overall standings heading into his first Paralympics.

Matti Suur-Hamari, Finland

Suur-Hamari made a statement at the 2017 World Championships in Big White, Canada, where he won both the men’s cross and banked slalom SB-LL2 titles. Having picked up wins in both Landgraaf and Pyha, he is a strong favourite to claim his first Paralympic medals in PyeongChang. But he will face stiff competition from the likes of the USA’s Evan Strong and Mike Shea; and Japan’s Gurimu Narita.

Chris Vos, Netherlands

Vos may still be a teenager, but he is already a four-time world champion. He turns 20 in the end of February, and the SB-LL1 rider is a contender to add Paralympic golds to his resume. His results from this season’s World Cups have not been consistent so far, but his speed remains his biggest weapon.