Snowboarding competition ramps up Tuesday night at the 2022 Beijing Olympics, giving several San Diego athletes their time to shine on the mountain.
Could one of them earn Team USA its first Olympic gold of the Games?
Here’s who to watch tonight — and how.
Women’s Snowboarding Halfpipe
The halfpipe qualifiers got underway Tuesday night (PT) with some local names on the lineup.
Carlsbad teenager Tessa Maud made her Olympic debut with a first-run score of 53.50, which put her in 15th place after the first round. She’ll had one more shot to bump up her score but could not get into the top 12 in order to advance to the finals.
At 18 years old, Maud is one of the youngest athletes representing Team USA this year.
Maud told NBC 7’s Steven Luke from Beijing that she’s going into the run “no stress, no pressure, just trying to have fun. So hopefully, everything will work out.”
Team USA’s only shot at a medal in women’s halfpipe is Los Angeles native Chloe Kim, the current halfpipe gold medal holder. With a score of 87.75, she ranked 1st in the qualifying round.
The women’s snowboarding halfpipe finals will get underway at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on NBC 7.
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Men’s Snowboarding Halfpipe
It’s time to say goodbye, San Diego. It’ll likely be the last time you can catch Carlsbad’s Shaun White at the Olympics.
The halfpipe snowboarder announced the 2022 Winter Olympics will be his fifth and final competition after he got lost on a mountain and had an epiphany.
“I was watching… the sun go down and it just hit me,” he said.
“I only want him to believe in himself and do his best,” said Seamus O’Connor’s mother, Elena O’Connor, reports NBC 7’s Joe Little.
He’ll start his final attempt at a gold medal when the men’s snowboarding halfpipe competition gets underway at 8:30 p.m.
Joining him on the mountain will be Ramona native Seamus O’Connor, who is actually one of Team Ireland’s biggest names.
While he won’t be competing for the U.S., our hometown spirit can’t help to root for him.
Women’s Snowboarding Cross
Five-time Olympic snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis lives in Orange County now but during the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, she lived in Encinitas, so we’re claiming her as one of our own.
With one Olympic silver under her belt, she’ll be going for gold tonight in the women’s snowboarding cross starting at 10:30 PT.
What else is on?
Also tonight, watch for medals to be awarded in men’s big air and short track events. Plus, Mikaela Shiffrin will hit the slopes in the women’s alpine skiing slalom run.
Watch these events in more on NBC primetime starting at 5 p.m. on NBC 7 or at the link below.