Snowboard is one of the youngest FISU World University Games disciplines having been introduced during the 17th Winter Universiade (1995) in Jaca, Spain. In the early editions, Snowboard competition featured only Giant Slalom and Parallel Giant Slalom. Showcasing the growth of the sport, the FISU Games Snowboard competition program now also includes Big Air, Parallel Slalom and Giant Slalom, Slopestyle and Snowboard Cross. Halfpipe is an optional event.
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The History of Snowboard in FISU
Snowboard is one of the youngest FISU World University Games sports and entered the programme 17 during the 17th Winter Universiade (1995) in Jaca, Spain. A demonstration sport at the time, Snowboard gave the Swiss and Americans a chance to distinguish themselves. In Jaca a total of 29 participants from 10 countries competed. Since then, Snowboard has become a compulsory discipline with an increasing number of participants.
Former FISU World University Games medallists include Alessandro Hämmerle (AUT), who is the Olympic champion in Snowboard Cross from the 2022 Beijing Olympics and won a silver medal in the same event at the 2015 Winter Universiade in Granada, Spain. Spaniard Queralt Castellet competed at home in Granada, Spain at the 2015 Winter Universiade and won silver in Halfpipe and then also finished second at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. Lee Sang-ho (KOR) is another who claimed silver at home at the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics and won bronze a year later at the 2019 Winter Universiade in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.