Ski & Snowboarding Stars to Watch in 2019

Ski & Snowboarding Stars to Watch in 2019

After an action-packed 2018 of winter sports, it is time for fans to rejoice and anticipate more of the same in 2019. We have outlined some of the top snowboarders and ski stars to watch out for in the upcoming year.

We have listed some of the famous stars of ski and snow sports plus many of the unsung heroes that we expect to be huge prospects.

PODLADTCHIKOV, Iouri

Podaladtchikov is a Russian-born competitor that is renowned for the accolades he achieved in the 2014 Winter Olympic. Since amassing a gold medal on the half-pipe event he has continued to go from strength-to-strength. Last year was a particularly strong one for the athlete as he achieved the number one spot for the FIS World Cup half pipe event.

Prior to recently capturing his former success, he had an accident that saw him not only suffer brutal injuries but also had him finish 41st in the event. Thankfully he has made a speedy recovery and has since came back with a newfound attitude.

Iouri has re-ignited his fine form and is still one of the most talented snowboarders around. We are expecting him to bring his “A-game” to the FIS tournament that takes place in Utah during February. Residing in Switzerland the famous half pipe specialist will be hoping to recreate the magic of last year again in 2019.

TOTSUKA, Yuto

Yuto Totsuka will be hoping for a comeback this year after his horrifying crash at the start of last year. He’s another half pipe athlete who landed himself in a bad accident. At the age of just 17 years old he is a huge prospect of the sport and one that should go on to achieve huge things. Although he had to sit the second event out in his last competition he still managed an overall 11th place.

The Japanese star will be hoping to stay injury-free this year and compete in the X Games and FIS World Championships.

HIRSCHER, Marcel

Marcel Hirscher is an Austrian skier that holds the record for the most Alpine titles. Many consider him the greatest Alpine skier in history. He recently won two gold medals at the 2018 Winter Olympics. It goes without saying; he is the skier to watch in all tournaments that take place in 2019.

He has won over World Cup 17 titles in total and has already stated his intention to continue competing for years to come. It will be hard to knock this top athlete off his pedestal throughout the next year.

KIM, Chloe

Chloe Kim is no stranger to winning gold medals. She’s been surpassing expectation from the age of 17 years old. Kim first started setting records  in 2016 when she became the first woman to win a gold medal in snowboarding at the World Youth Olympic Games. Her score in the 2016 Youth Winter Olympics was actually the highest one ever set.

Be sure to keep an eye on her progress this year as she looks to go one better at the tender age of 18. It is likely that she will be competing in the Winter Olympics and X Games.

BURGENER, Pat                

The Swiss youngster is another half-pipe athlete that is already showing promising skill and commitment. Pat Burgener recently took part in FIS snowboarding tournament and as well as the freestyle championships, he is expected to participate in at least two competitions next year.

Pat will be hoping to take the half-pipe freestyle event at FIS by storm whilst also qualifying for the Snowboarding World Championships. Don’t write Pat Burgener off, although he faces stiff competition he will be looking to use some of his flair and unorthodox skills to challenge his opposition.

FERGUSON, Ben

We have continuously brought the half pipe experts into the limelight but what about those that specialise in the super pipe? That is where Ben Ferguson comes in, the American snowboarder is renowned for his astonishing skillset on the big pipe.

It is still rumoured to what tournaments he will attend in the new year, with many certain that he will be performing in the X Games, but that is the only certainty.

He has been known to participate in many of the X Games, Grand Prix Aspen and Legendary Banked Slalom. Despite all of the experience that he possesses, he is still only 23 years of age. He has plenty of time to capture some of the most sought-after prizes in extreme sports.

VONN, Lucy

Do not count Lucy Vonn out- although she has recently confirmed that she will make 2019 her last year, she is still determined to have one last go at beating Stenmark’s World Cup race victories.

Past suggestions seemed to allude to the fact that she will not end her career until she surpassed the aforementioned achievement but the highly successful skier is now looking to embark on her final ski race.

Vonn is a US veteran after making her debut at the age of 16; she is now 34 and has accumulated a total of 82 gold medals in World Cup events. She is one of the best of all-time and next year will not be a case of trying to improve her skillset, but more about staying injury-free and finishing a magnificent career on a high.

GUT, Lara

Although her recent form hasn’t been as scintillating as former years, it has now been suggested that she will again, be one to watch in 2019. What bodes well for the Swiss star is that, her attributes are transferable and she actually specialises in a number of disciplines.

This means that the famous skier has a chance of winning numerous ski events, rather than concentrating on one particular event. She is known for being one of the best at Downhill and Super G. Her most recent world accolade was finishing third overall in the Olympics. Keep an eye on this talented skier as she looks to lead a range of ski events in 2019.

Who to Watch in 2019?

Snowboarding and skiing are monumental events at the winter sports and that is why there are so many highly regarded athletes. We have merely listed some of the tops stars and prospects that are ones to watch during the 2019 winter sport competitions. There are Swiss, American and Russian participants or looking to go one better this year, who do you think will take the number one prize in some the year’s competitions?

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