2006 Torino: The U.S. came to the XX Olympic Winter Games with more snowboarding medals than any other nation in the brief Olympic history of the sport, and proceeded to add to that haul in Torino. American snowboarders claimed seven of 18 medals awarded, including three out of six golds.
Four of the seven medals came in men's and women's halfpipe, with the U.S. finishing 1-2 in both events. Shaun White and Danny Kass were first and second in men's halfpipe, with Hannah Teter and Gretchen Bleiler winning gold and silver, respectively, in women's halfpipe (2002 Olympic champion Kelly Clark nearly helped the U.S. complete a medal sweep, finishing fourth).
The other U.S. gold medal went to Seth Wescott, who pulled out an exciting victory in the Olympic debut of men's snowboard cross, narrowly defeating Radoslav Zidek of Slovakia.
In the inaugural appearance of women's snowboard cross, Lindsey Jacobellis of the U.S. authored one of the most unforgettable (and unfortunate) moments of the Torino Games when she attempted a trick with a seemingly insurmountable lead on the final jump, only to fall and finish second. A stunned Tanja Frieden of Switzerland crossed the line first to win gold.
2002 Salt Lake: The second Olympic appearance of snowboarding led to an unforgettable moment that has since come to be known simply as "The Sweep" - Ross Powers, Kass and J.J. Thomas finished 1-2-3 in men's halfpipe before a delirious home crowd.
In all, the U.S. won five of 12 snowboarding medals awarded at the Salt Lake Games, with liver transplant survivor Chris Klug winning bronze in men's parallel giant slalom and 18-year-old Clark claiming gold in women's halfpipe - the first American gold medal of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
1998 Nagano: Snowboarding made its Olympic debut at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games, at a time when the sport was still seeking some measure of global acceptance. The site of the Olympic giant slalom competition, Mt. Yakebitai, did not actually allow snowboarding on its slopes at the time of the competition.
And just as the sport was still developing its profile, the United States' worldwide snowboarding dominance was still in its infancy. American snowboarders claimed just two of 12 medals awarded in Nagano - a bronze for Powers in men's halfpipe and a bronze for Shannon Dunn in the women's halfpipe competition.