Su Yiming took first place in Men’s Snowboard Big Air at the Steamboat 2021 Visa Big Air this weekend. In the official FIS World Cup event at Steamboat Resort, Colorado, the 17-year-old from Jilin, China, rose to the top of an elite international field and made history as the first Chinese rider to ever win a FIS Snowboard World Cup competition.
In the highly competitive Women’s Snowboard Big Air contest, Annika Morgan took home a strong third-place finish. Battling a field of elite riders and less than perfect snow conditions, the 19-year-old from Mittenwald, Germany earned her first podium spot in Saturday’s final. Morgan also became the first German rider to claim a top-three finish at a FIS Snowboard World Cup event.
Sanctioned as an official World Cup by the FIS, the competition attracted 200 snowboard and freeski athletes from 33 nations. The stakes were high as Steamboat marked the last Snowboarding Big Air qualifier event before the discipline will make its second Olympic appearance at the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing, while Freeski Big Air will make its Olympic debut.