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Yes.


Woman are improving (thankfully) but there's still a large gap.

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there's still a large gap.
large... bigger than large, all the girls do is 5-0 the boxes and throw 720s. I wouldnt call my self a park rat but even I can do those tricks.
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large... bigger than large, all the girls do is 5-0 the boxes and throw 720s. I wouldnt call my self a park rat but even I can do those tricks.
ya...I was so shocked at the difference.

This is an excellent case to study gender difference.

I don't think opportunity and training have anything to do with it. Mark M, the gold medalist come from Saskatchewan, the flattest place on the planet, where it's hard to even find a small hill.

Maybe girls are more afraid to get hurt?
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At least women's snowboarding has finally found some semblance of style. It's like watching a guys run from the early 2000's.

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Combination of aggression, showing off, and greater physical ability. I don't mean any of that in a denigrating way to anyone, but men and women are evolved to have different behaviours. Risk-taking is part of male behavior, and male muscle-to-total-mass ratio is higher.


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Now between the womens superpipe and slopestyle events, the ladies on superpipe does more better or riskier tricks than slope. I have only seen one (kelly clark) that throws a 1080 imo. I know its a different event but i see ladies doing a double cab or chuck and not one on slopestyle

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I hate to say it, but it was like watching amateur hour compared to the men. I didn't think there was much of a difference between pro women and men, but after watching them side by side....
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Take every spin in the pipe and cut 180 degrees out of it automatically. That's the real spin.

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It makes sense that there's a significant gap between men and women (physically, at least. I know nothing about style). Men are stronger and faster than women, even at the elite level where women have the best coaches/doctors/nutritionists and devote their whole lives to their sport. Any competitive male high school sprinter can smash the women's world record. Serena Williams dominates women's tennis but was destroyed by a man seeded outside the top 200. I can't think of any sport where the best woman in the world wouldn't lose to a promising male high school athlete.

Women's snowboarding is also drawing from a smaller pool to begin with. You'd need someone who started as a kid, and a lot of parents who would be OK with their young son getting a bit banged up in the park would be horrified if it happened to their little girl. Plus as others have mentioned, (regardless of whether it's natural or socialized) a lot of women don't feel the need to one-up their buddies or might self-select out because of the risk.

TLDR: a smaller talent pool and limited physical ability compared to the men.

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