The Burton US Open is the longest running contest in snowboarding, now in its 32nd year. It’s often hailed as an event by snowboarders, for snowboarders and in a non-Olympic year it’s one of two pinnacle events along with the X Games. On the other hand snowboarding halfpipe and parallel giant slalom first became Olympic events in 1998, snowboard cross was added in 2006, while slopestyle joined the ranks this year. And it seems it won’t be long before big air makes it’s Olympic debut.

To get some more perspective on the fundamental differences between the US Open and the Sochi Olympics, we asked Olympians Danny Davis, Mark McMorris, Stale Sandbech, Jamie Anderson, Kelly Clark, Spencer O’Brien, and Taylor Gold for their thoughts.