While watching the Winter X-Games during snowboard superpipe, there was a scoring mechanism that wasn't clear to me. Looking into it, Shaun White had won the event six years in-a-row, and had a perfect score of 100.00 in 2012.

From what I had gathered, scoring seems to depend on difficulty of tricks, speed, height of jumps, and execution (landing tricks cleanly, etc.) among a few things. Outside of the occasional judge/commentator expressing how one can improve his next run, not much was elaborated on the scoring mechanism.

How are snowboard superpipe results calculated?

Extra: Do these calculations apply to other Winter X-Games events?


This is from the world snowboarding tour website. http://www.worldsnowboardtour.com/judging-sls/

The Snowboarding Live Scoring System, or SLS, is a judging system that has evolved over the past 10 years. It was launched successfully during the TTR 6Star Arctic Challenge Slopestyle, held in Oslo in 2010, and the first Halfpipe, at the 5Star BGOS in New Zealand in 2010. The SLS system has a focus on individual tricks combined with overall impression. There are dedicated Trick judges and OI (Overall Impression) judges. The combined result of Trick and OI scores gives: a detailed overview of a rider’s performance per Trick, their overall run impact. the effect it has on the final position in the event. The SLS system has a transparent scoring path showing how the run result was achieved, a result that can be compared trick by trick, from run to run. Each TRICK is judged by teams of two. They focus on just one feature in the Slopestyle course, and one hit in the Halfpipe. Judges will concentrate their judging values on Amplitude, Difficulty and Execution. Each OI judge focuses on the overall impact of the run over the entire course. Judges will concentrate their judging values on Variation, Style and Combinations.

In Halfpipe, the SLS system allocates two dedicated judges per hit. Two judges score each specific hit. All hits have the same value assigned. Based on the maximum value of the hit, a trick score is calculated. Only the 4 best individual Trick scores are kept and then added up for a Total Trick score. For the Flow Score, two additional judges are dedicated to focusing solely on the usage and composition of the halfpipe run. Flow judges will take into account all tricks beyond the 4 top scoring hits that are scored by the judges as well as any insecurity including falls. The two OI scores are averaged thus : Total Trick + Total OI score results makes a Run score, which defines a rider’s final position in the event ranking. Trick and OI judges will score on a 0 -100 scale. The Run Score is the sum of the total Trick and OI score combined and will be communicated as a common 0 – 100 points value.

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