The Road to the 2022 Olympics Has Begun…Sort Of

US Ski and Snowboard has announced the qualifying stops for Beijing.


US Ski and Snowboard announced the qualifying stops for the 2022 Olympic Games today. While 2022 seems pretty far off, judging by the way time has felt warped even more than usual over the past year and a half, the Olympics are fast approaching and will be here before we know it. There’s a lot of talent on the US bench looking to grab those coveted team spots, so the lead up to Beijing will be a good show. Now that the Ultimate Surfer is wrapping up this week, we’re just glad to have something to look forward to.

Chris Corning will be in the hunt for a spot in Beijing this winter. Photo: Mark Clavin

We’ll be covering all of this as it happens of course, so think of this as a cheat sheet for when to expect lots of slopestyle run videos on Instagram from Gimbal God. If the Olympics were to start today, it looks like the top U.S. team would be Jamie Anderson, Chloe Kim, Red Gerard, and Taylor Gold in their respective fields with plenty of riders in the hunt. Judd Henkes, Hailey Langland, Julia Marino, Lyon Farrell, Chase Josey, Dusty Henrickson, Chris Corning and plenty more will be trying to secure a spot by one of the two routes for a chance at China. A new qualifying format that rewards top rankings in the World Cup race, as well as podium finishes in a few of the larger contests, will be the deciding factor. More on that to come. But for now, we have the schedule and the first event will kick off in December. Schedule below: 

Red Gerard and Dusty Henrickson wait for their results last winter back in Aspen. Photo: Mark Clavin

2021-22 OLYMPIC QUALIFYING SCHEDULE

Visa Big Air presented by Toyota at Steamboat Resort, Colorado
Big Air, December 2-4, 2021
December 2, 2021- snowboard big air qualifications
December 4, 2021 – snowboard big air finals

Toyota U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain, Colorado
Halfpipe, December 8-11, 2021
December 9, 2021 – snowboard halfpipe qualifications
December 11, 2021 – snowboard halfpipe finals

Toyota U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, California 
Halfpipe and slopestyle, January 6-8, 2022
January 6, 2022 – snowboard slopestyle qualifications 
January 7, 2022 – snowboard halfpipe qualifications
January 8, 2022 – snowboard slopestyle finals, snowboard halfpipe finals

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