Who is Anna Gasser?
Name: Anna Gasser
Disciplines: Slopestyle, Big Air
2016/17 WST slopestyle ranking: 1st
2016/17 WST big air ranking: 1st
- 2017 X Games Norway slopestyle gold medalist
- 2-time X Games big air medalist (1 silver, 1 bronze)
- 2017 Burton U.S. Open slopestyle champion
- 2016/17 World Snowboard Tour slopestyle champion
- 2016/17 World Snowboard Tour big air champion
Gasser competed at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, where slopestyle made its Olympic debut. Though she headed into the final as the top qualifier, she fell on both runs and finished just 10th.
Following several years of solid results, Gasser took the next step in 2017. Thanks in part to her cab double underflip, she went from "podium contender" to "contest favorite" in the span of one season. After bagging World Snowboard Tour titles in both slopestyle and big air, she is solidified as one of the favorites for both events in PyeongChang, but will have to contend with a deep field that includes the talented American trio of Jamie Anderson, Julia Marino and Hailey Langland.
Potential Olympic records
No female snowboarder has won more than one Olympic gold medal yet. As one of the top riders in both slopestyle and big air, Gasser will have two shots at gold, meaning it's within the realm of possibility that she could become the first woman to earn two gold medals in snowboarding.
The cab double underflip was a game-changer for Gasser last season. She was landing the trick consistently in her slopestyle runs, which put her at the forefront of progression in the sport. But that was only the beginning — she unveiled a backside double cork 1080 at the big air world championships in March and successfully landed a cab double cork 1080 (video below) while training in August. Expect doubles to continue being a prominent part of her runs for both slopestyle and big air in PyeongChang.
Relative to most other pros, Gasser got a late start in snowboarding. She first tried the sport when she was 11 but didn't really take an interest in it until her cousin showed her some snowboarding videos several years later. Previously, Gasser has been a member of Austria's national gymnastics team, but she had quit the sport when she was 14 because of the time commitment it required. That gymnastics background proved useful for her when she started snowboarding.
In 2013, Gasser became the first woman to land a cab double underflip. She has since brought the trick into competitions and is currently one of the only women consistently stomping doubles in their slopestyle runs.
2016/17 season recap
After having the previous season cut short due to injury, Gasser returned in 2016/17 for her best season yet. She was on the podium at nearly every contest she entered and had a number of wins, including the Burton U.S. Open (slopestyle) and the PyeongChang Olympic test event (big air). She also earned a total of three X Games medals — one of each color — over the course of the season. For the first time in her career, Gasser was rewarded with a pair of World Snowboard Tour season titles, one for slopestyle and one for big air. She also captured an FIS World Cup title for big air.