We finally Got Up To Cypress Mountain!

(Monday February 15 1:53 am) There were no fewer than six checkpoints to go through on the drive up to Cypress. We lucked out and hitched a ride with the BBC crew, which consists of 1998 halfpipe silver medalist Stine Brun Kjeldaas and Ed Leigh (twitter.com/whoppercock). Thanks Mates. We’ll be downgrading to the media bussing system tomorrow, so if you never hear from us again, I guess this is goodbye.

Our full Olympic pipe update is here.

News from today outside of the inaugural pipe session

Today, Olympic organizers cancelled 4,000 standing room tickets to the boardercross for a very long laundry list of reasons, but as far as we could tell tonight, the biggest problem was an almost mile long line of people waiting for busses back down the mountain after the freestyle event. Read more about it here: http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Vanoc+cancels+some+tickets+snowboard+events/2565215/story.html

Snowboardcross

US SBX rider Nate Holland, NBC commentator Todd Richards, a Polish SBX rider, and SBX 1st alternate Ross Powers.

US SBX rider Nate Holland, NBC commentator Todd Richards, a Polish SBX rider, and SBX 1st alternate Ross Powers.

All the riders seemed happy with the boardercross course during today’s practice. The snow is a little slushy, otherwise the course is pretty wide open and adequate. Qualifiers kick off tomorrow (Monday Feb. 15) at 10:30 am, and finals are scheduled to begin at exactly 2:53 p.m. sharp.

Kazuhiro Kokubo’s Dress Code Violation

The most amazing story that we somehow missed earlier this week is Kazu Kokubo—The Ski Association of Japan wanted to send him home from the Games for having his tie loose and his shirt untucked at the airport in Japan. Read the full story here. Apparently, Kazu didn’t get the memo about there being no I in team … or individuality in life apparently. Sadly, they yanked him, his team manager, and two of the coaches from opening ceremony all over a dress code. If you don’t know Kazu, he’s a snowboarder’s snowboarder. Check out his clip from Standard Films (http://www.hulu.com/watch/47099/the-standard-snowboard-show-kazu) and cheer him on Wednesday night.

Intimidating stairs up to the grandstands overlooking the halfpipe

Intimidating stairs up to the grandstands overlooking the halfpipe

Halfpipe and Boardercross Track side by side

Halfpipe and Boardercross Track side by side

Scandinavian shaper David Ny helping out with the Halfpipe build

Scandinavian shaper David Ny helping out with the Halfpipe build

Man behind the 2010 Olympic Halfpipe Steve Petrie of Arena Snowparks

Man behind the 2010 Olympic Halfpipe Steve Petrie of Arena Snowparks

16 Year old Stale Sandbech from Norway

16 Year old Stale Sandbech from Norway

Rain and warm temps have required all kinds of chemicals to keep the snow frozen

Rain and warm temps have required all kinds of chemicals to keep the snow frozen

Vancouver Olympics 2010

Vancouver Olympics 2010

Tomorrow is a big snowboardercross day and another pipe practice day. The weather looks like rain. But first things first, Nick Hamilton needs to buy some crampons to shoot from the side of the pipe—it’s the rules.