Why it’s so hard to take snowboarding seriously

Bear in mind — I DO take snowboarding seriously. It’s an Olympic sport with solid credentials. The halfpipe doesn’t have murky points for artistic impression, so one could easily argue that it’s more legit than figure skating. Snowboardcross is as exciting as short-track skating and considerably less messy, with fewer impossible decisions for the referees. So yes, I’m on board. (Awful pun, sorry.)

So why would I have any trouble with the sport? Blame the self-indulgent coverage.

Also, the turf wars are pretty silly. On the TV broadcasts, Lindsey Jacobellis and Seth Wescott were introduced by the number of X-Games medals they’d won in the past. OK. They’re also the current world champions. Isn’t that worth at least a little mention?

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