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Langland Advances Into Finals at VISA Big Air

By Annie Fast
December, 2 2021
Hailey Langland jumps in Big Air.
Hailey Langland earns the top score for the U.S. Team in Thursday's VISA Big Air qualifiers at Steamboat. (Mike Dawsy - U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

Hailey Langland earned the top result of the day for the U.S. Snowboard Team in Thursday’s qualifications at the Visa Big Air World Cup presented by Toyota at Steamboat Resort, with a fifth-place finish to advance into Saturday’s women’s finals. Langland, a three-time X Games medalist, most-recently led the U.S. Snowboard team with a second-place finish in snowboard slopestyle at the Land Rover U.S. Grand Prix World Cup in Aspen last season. 

Langland earned her top score with a frontside 900 Weddle. “The jump is so good, so I felt really safe,” said Langland. “I thought the girls were going to play it safe, but as soon as Anna [Gasser] did her back 10 I knew it was going to be on from there. It’s so cool to watch everyone progress and especially on such a fun jump.”  

Langland finds herself amongst a stacked field of eight women advancing into Saturday’s finals, with Japan’s Reira Iwabuch leading the way on the strength of her backside doublecork 1260 melon to earn the top spot, followed by Austria’s Anna Gasser and Germany’s Annika Morgan in the top three. 

U.S. Snowboard Team rider and Olympic Gold Medalist Red Gerard landed in the eleventh spot in qualifiers, after putting down a switch backside 1620 Weddle, just missing the top 10 result needed to advance into Saturday’s finals. It was Norway’s Marcus Kleveland who earned the top score of the day, opening up the second round of qualifiers with a stomped backside 1800 melon followed by China’s Yiming Su and Japan’s Hiroto Ogiwara rounding out the top three. 

VISA Big Air Finals will begin Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST

Final Starts List: 

Men’s Snowboard Big Air Finals

Women’s Snowboard Big Air Finals

All times EDT

Saturday, Dec. 4
12:30 p.m. FIS Snowboard World Cup Visa Big Air Presented by Toyota Men and Women’s Finals - LIVE, Steamboat Springs, CO, Streaming Peacock
9:00 p.m. FIS Snowboard World Cup Visa Big Air Presented by Toyota Men and Women’s Finals - Same-day broadcast - NBCSN

Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021
4:00 p.m. FIS Snowboard World Cup Visa Big Air Presented By Toyota Men and Women's Finals, Steamboat, CO, Broadcast NBC

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