Big Air Snowboarding Gives a Boost to Female Athletes
They’re going for the gold. Women have long been shut out of big air snowboarding: They were only allowed into the World Championships in 2015 and into the X Games in 2017. Now the sport, which involves complex midair tricks, is making its Winter Olympics debut, allowing female athletes to make up some of the ground lost in the years that men had more incentives to hone their big air moves. Female athletes like Julia Marino are now expanding their repertoire of tricks on the biggest stage possible.