With Lindsay Jacobellis – a lazy ten-times X Games gold medal winner for the US. Pic: Jarryd Hughes Facebook
There’s another Jarryd who’s made it in America. He didn’t try out for the Fijian rugby sevens team though and he’s a much better chance than the Hayne Plane of winning an Olympic medal.
Forget footy for just for a moment and start thinking snowboarding.
Jarryd Hughes may not be a multi-code football star but he is an X Games winner in snowboard cross, a World Cup winner and Australian Winter Olympian.
In what was looming as an epic season after the win in Aspen, Jarryd (that’s Hughes not Hayne folks) busted his knee when testing out the site for the Korean Olympic course. The Snow Gauge caught up with him to see where things were at.
The Belle curve – Brockhoff carving out a sweet arc. Pic: Harald Benselin OWIA
While some of out best summer athletes prepare across the other side of the globe for the Olympics starting this week, there’s a whole bunch of winter ones on our own doorstep getting it done.
In case you didn’t know the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea are only 18 months away so I’ll be checking in with some of our top hopes over that time.
This week I chat with the feisty Belle Brockhoff – one of Australia’s best hopes in the snowboard cross.
A World Cup winner for the first time last season Belle looks to be timing her Games run to perfection. She was quite outspoken in the lead-up to Sochi where she was eighth – now she’s looking to let her snowboarding do much of the talking.
This week’s prize is an absolute ripper.
While The Snow Gauge is a skier he dips his lid to the snowboarding brethren out there and has managed to get hold of a TechNine T-Money Tie Dye snowboard through our good friends at Wilderness Sea N’ Ski, Liverpool. The RRP is a lazy $549.
More on the board in a minute but I want to tell you a quick story about why you should be supporting Wilderness Sea N’ Ski if you live in Sydney’s west, south or anywhere else for that matter.
It’s been a cold winter so far. How cold? Temperatures tipping -8 at Thredbo Top Station some nights; days where it’s felt like -15 out on the hill with windchill; and it hasn’t busted 0 degrees at Mt Hotham since June 20.
These are the times you could use a heated Avade baselayer; not to mention those chilly overseas trips to Japan, Alberta and all those other cold arse places you head to during the northern winter.
Fortunately we have two of these beauties to give away this week for our subscribers.