Who is Hailey Langland?
Name: Hailey Langland
Country: United States
Disciplines: Slopestyle, Big Air
2016/17 WST slopestyle ranking: 5th
2016/17 WST big air ranking: 2nd
- 2017 X Games big air gold medalist
- 2016 X Games slopestyle bronze medalist
- Ranked No. 2 in 2016/17 World Snowboard Tour big air standings
Langland has not previously competed at a Winter Olympics. PyeongChang would be her first appearance.
After unveiling a double cork 1080 at X Games last season, Langland has established herself as one of the favorites in big air. On top of that, she is a medal contender in slopestyle as well. In both events, she will be faced with a deep field of contenders that includes U.S. teammates Jamie Anderson and Julia Marino, as well as Austrian shredder Anna Gasser.
If Langland were to earn a medal in PyeongChang, she would potentially be the youngest American snowboarder to ever do so. The record is currently held by Kelly Clark, who was 18 years old when she won gold at the 2002 Olympics. (Langland is four months younger than Chloe Kim, the 2018 favorite in women's halfpipe.)
Langland has some of the best style in the field and impresses judges with how well she executes her grabs. Now that she's added the cab double cork 1080 to her arsenal, expect to see more of that trick when she competes in big air events.
A native of Southern California, Langland grew up riding at Big Bear starting when she was 5 years old. It was her father who had first put her on a snowboard, and then as Langland improved and needed to train on a bigger mountain in order to progress, it was her grandparents who moved to Tahoe with her so that she could do that. In February 2015, Langland won the first pro contest she entered, the U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth. She backed that up the following season with third-place finishes at Dew Tour and X Games.
2016/17 season recap
Langland was a podium contender throughout 2016/17, but the defining moment of her season came when she landed the cab double cork 1080 and won gold at the X Games big air competition. She finished the season ranked No. 2 (behind Anna Gasser) in big air in the World Snowboard Tour standings. In slopestyle, her best results were a second-place finish at the Mammoth Grand Prix and a fourth-place finish at X Games.
Off the snow
Langland hails from a popular surf town (San Clemente, California), so it's no surprise that she grew up surfing and still spends a lot of time riding waves. Her other hobbies include yoga, painting and photography.
"Seeing her snowboard makes me trust that snowboarding is in good hands in the future. She's got so much personality and style, and her own little tweak on everything, that it actually makes me want to go snowboard and just go play." — 2014 Olympic champion Jamie Anderson on U.S. teammate Hailey Langland