How OMEGA times the Big Air events
Snowboarding was officially adopted as a formal discipline at the Nagano 1998 Olympic Winter Games. However, PyeongChang 2018 will be the first year that the Big Air event takes place.
This new Olympic Games sport features competitors riding down a hill and performing tricks after launching off very large jumps. As the name suggests, the riders launch themselves into the air and then perform complex tricks such as frontside 1080, backside 1440 and double corks in the air, aiming to attain sizable heights and distances, all the while looking to secure a clean landing. Many competitions including the Olympic Games also require a rider to do a specific and special trick to win.
The newly built venue in PyeongChang is the largest Big Air ramp in the world, with total height from start to finish reaching 49 metres and a maximum slope angle of 40 degrees, allowing athletes more time in the air to show off their techniques.
Each judge in the Big Air competition will be equipped with a Judge’s Keypad, which is linked to OMEGA’s Timing and Scoring Room. They will use this to indicate their score for each competitor.
The scores will then be automatically transmitted to the scoreboards as well as to external media.
OMEGA attaches motion sensors to the boots of the athletes, which captures competition-relevant information and statistics that can be instantly beamed live to viewers.