Due to Olympic Regulations, we cannot disclose the identity of our Rider – Can you guess who it is?
The 2014 Winter Olympics are on and you might be wondering where and when you can catch all of the action. Not to worry, Flow is here to help you out and inform you about the important facts.
What is the Schedule of Events?
The Winter Games are awesome. It’s pretty fun to watch most of the events, but the event that we care about is Snowboarding! The Snowboarding events run all week, but here is a brief breakdown of some events:
Men’s Slopestyle Semi Final: Friday Feb. 7, 9:30 PM PST
Men’s Slopestyle Final: Saturday Feb. 8, at 10 PM PST
Women’s Slopestyle Starts: Saturday, Feb. 8, 10:30 PM PST
Men’s Halfpipe Starts: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2:00 AM PST
Women’s Halfpipe Starts: Wednesday, Feb. 12 2:00 AM PST
Women’s Snowboard Cross Finals: Sunday, Feb 16, 1:15 AM
Men’s Snowboard Cross Finals: Monday, Feb. 17, 1:30 AM PST
Men’s & Women’s Giant Slalom Finals: Tuesday, Feb. 19 1:00 AM PST
Men’s & Women’s Parallel Slalom Finals: Saturday, Feb. 22, 1:15 AM PST
– For the Full list of all Snowboard Qualifiers and other events click HERE
Where can I Watch?
Technology is a wonderful thing. If you have a smartphone or tablet, you can download the NBC Live Sports Extra App and watch the Olympics Live! When using this app, you simply have to prove that you pay for cable by inputting your cable subscriber and password. The app has all sorts of cool features and notifies the user when specific events are about to start.
– Check the NBC Sports Extra App HERE
You can always watch the Olympics on television on NBC. However, there will most likely be a tape delay depending on where you live.
Who should I look out for?
The Winter games have amazing snowboarders from all over the world, so it shouldn’t be hard to find some talent. However, keep an eye out for Flow’s rider representing the women’s Czech Republic team. She absolutely dominated in the women’s slopestyle qualifiers and is one to watch throughout the whole games.
-Check out her Profile HERE
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Sarka Pancochova hails from the Czech-Republic and is a world class snowboarder. She will be representing her home country in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Flow caught up with Sarka to gauge her feelings about the event and also about snowboarding in general.
2x Winter Olympian
First Vancouver and now Sochi, Sarka is beginning to hit full stride within her snowboarding career. Making the Czech-Republic snowboarding team two times in a row is quite the accomplishment. Sarka is excited about heading into her second consecutive winter Olympics. “I’m very happy! Honestly, I don’t really know what to expect. I just want to land my run. That’s all I want”. Sarka is keeping it as simple as possible heading into Sochi. She believes that by focusing on snowboarding, everything else will fall into place. “All that I can do is my run, I can’t control external factors”, explained Pancochova.
The Winter Olympics can place a lot of pressure on snowboarders, regardless of how many times they have gone. Sarka believes that she is not just snowboarding for herself, but for her entire country. “It’s cool. My country supports me a lot. So it’s nice to give back”. While the pressure can crack many other athletes, Sarka looks at the Winter Olympics through a different lens. She looks at Sochi as an opportunity to give back to her country and a way to experience all that Sochi has to offer, not just the event. “I went there last year and the terrain is pretty much insane. I’m excited to ride some pow. It will be good times for sure!”. Sarka is planning on using the backcountry to relax her mind and be a distraction from the pressure and stress of the event. It is this positive outlook that Sarka is hoping to assist her throughout the Winter Olympics.
Snowboarding: A Lifestyle
Sarka did not start snowboarding to one day become an Olympic athlete. She simply did it because it was a release of creativity and self-expression. People don’t start snowboarding with the sole purpose of competing, they do it because it’s fun. “ It’s my everyday life and excitement. It’s fun to learn new tricks and do good at competition, but it’s more important to be happy with what I am doing. I have so many friends all over the world and have been almost everywhere. I can deal pretty much with any kind of situation. I love that part of snowboarding. Exploring.” Snowboarding has given Sarka the opportunity to travel the world and develop life-long relationships with people from all different cultures. She knows how important competition is to her career, but she still loves the roots of snowboarding. “I like going to contest and challenging myself. But back country will always be number one for me”, Pancochova explained. Sarka believes that this balance between competition and free-riding is key for her career and overall happiness in life.
“It’s not about where you’re at, but how much you can enjoy what you’re doing” -Sarka Pancochova
Check Out Sarka and Celia Miller enjoying what they’re doing
Sarka is not only an amazing snowboarder, but an amazing human being. Tune into the Sochi Winter Olympics to watch Sarka and other world-class snowboarders represent their countries.
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Deep in the Sierra Mountains, Flow Snowboardings Mike Basich built his own House, a Tow-rope to the house and now a Chairlift that goes 1200 feet/370 meters up his own personal mountain. Join us this season at Area-241 as we show you what it’s like to own 40 acres, snowmobiles, a house and a chairlift in the middle of no where, for Flow’s “Chairlift Chronicles”
Sarka Pancochova (CZE) takes World Snowboard Tour Overall and Slopestyle trophies home.
’’I have been working really hard this season, training and competing, it’s the best reward to be the World’s top woman overall snowboarder, then all the hard work pays off!’’
Sarka showed consistency throughout her season in both Slopestyle and Halfpipe, coming second at the X Games Slopestyle contest in Aspen. Though not many female riders compete in both Slopestyle and Halfpipe regularly, Sarka did beat competitors like second placed Enni Rukajärvi (FIN), third placed Silvia Mittermüller (GER) and last year’s Champion Cilka Sadar (SLO), who came in fourth this year.
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SARKA TAKES FOURTH AT DEW TOUR SLOPE
1. Jamie Anderson
2. Spencer O’Brien
3. Enni Rukajärvi
4. SARKA PANCOCHOVA
5. Silvia Mittermueller
6. Kjersti Østgaard Buaas