Olympic Snowboard Bronze For Finland

Slopestyle star adds to her haul of Olympic medals.

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Finnish Olympic bronze medalist Enni Rukajärvi in South Korea, February 2018 / Credit: Olympic Team Finland

Finnish snowboard racer Enni Rukajärvi has snatched a bronze medal in the slopestyle event at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

It’s Finland’s second snow medal in South Korea so far.

Gold went to the USA, and silver went to Canada. But Rukajärvi’s score of 75.38 points was enough to secure a bronze podium place.

Conditions on the slopestyle course – where snowboarders have to tackle obstacles like rails, jumps and other tricky terrain on a downhill run – were particularly challenging due to high winds.

“It was so close that I would not have fallen in the second round […] I was wondering if it was worth it when anything could happen on the slope” Rukajärvi told journalists.

Her coach Antti Koskinen confirmed that conditions were dangerous for competitors.

“There were really extreme conditions, and we weren’t sure if today’s competition could even take place. The wind caused the falls we saw in the competition, it was a tough day” said Koskinen.

Rukajärvi is one of the stars of the Finnish Winter Olympic team in Pyeongchang, and went to Korea as the reigning Olympic silver medalist from Sochi 2014, the first time slopestyle was included as an official medal event.

The 27-year-old was also a slopestyle gold medalist at the 2011 Snowboard World Championships; and a gold medalist at the 2011 X Games as well.