In team sports, a rookie year is player’s first season playing professionally. But in snowboarding, how do you define a ‘rookie’? The definition is not black and white. If you’re paying attention, however, you know it when you see it. The three young riders nominated—Jackie Lammert, Marjorie Couturier, and Klaudia Medlova—each had breakout seasons and people took note, landing them with this coveted nomination. In the end, Klaudia took it home for the ladies.
A major force on the slopestyle scene, Medlova has stomped her way to this win with a burgeoning bag of tricks. Last season, Klaudia came out swinging at the Nine Queens event in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, Austria where she landed a history-making double backside rodeo. This marked the first time this trick was stomped by a female, which etched Klaudia into the history books. In addition to this, Klaudia has had a consistent showing at slopestyle events and also put out an impressive part.
While this accolade is one of the first and most important awards Klaudia has received, we’ll see more from her.
About Riders’ Poll:
For 18 years, TransWorld SNOWboarding has polled the professional snowboarding community to find their picks for the best riders of the year. Each season, these awards are decided by the opinions of over 100 pros. While TransWorld SNOWboarding hosts the awards, the winners are truly a reflection of peer acknowledgement—the highest honor any rider can receive.