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Posted on August 1st, 2023

Your Imagery Work Break – Winter Olympics 2022, Big Air Snowboard Final

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How is it August already?! The dog days of summer are here, and the start of school is just around the corner. For your work break today, beat the heat by grabbing a cool drink and taking a saunter outdoors. While grabbing your drink, take a moment to check out this 50-centimeter (cm) GeoEye-1 image collected in Beijing, China at about 11:42 AM local time on February 15, 2022.  This image was captured during the 2022 Winter Olympics over Big Air Shougang stadium, which hosted the Big Air Snowboard Finals.

The Big Air Competition was divided into men’s and women’s categories. 30 competitors were selected for each of the men’s and women’s divisions for the event. All the athletes had to meet the rigorous  qualification standards to participate in the event.

Su Yimming of China won the men’s event, earning his first gold medal, and China’s first gold medal for snowboarding in Olympic history. Yimming won the medal just three days shy of his 18th birthday. (For you curious minds out there, the youngest person to win a gold medal was Marjorie Gestring; she received a gold medal for diving in the 1936 Berlin Olympics). After winning his medal, Yimmin admits to battling “post-Olympic blues”, but has again found his motivation for the sport, stating that he hopes to be a good role model to young aspiring snowboarders.

The women’s gold medal was claimed by Austrian snowboarder Anna Gasser. Gasser has previously participated in the 2014 Sochi and the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. During the 2018 Olympics she made history by becoming the first woman to land a cab triple underflip, a full three and a half rotations.

This 50-cm GeoEye-1 image was collected on the morning of February 15th, the morning of the Big Air event. The event happened later in the day on the 15th, which is why the stadium wasn’t packed with people at the time the image was captured.

Have a great rest of your workday! 😊

(Image Courtesy: Airbus. Processed by Apollo Mapping for improved color accuracy and clarity.)

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