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Slalom snowboarding

In the slalom event the riders race down a slope, zigzagging and changing direction quickly around flags, called 'gates', set in the snow. Riders try to pass through every gate without knocking any of them down.

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Halfpipe snowboarding

Halfpipe competitions are held in a course shaped like a pipe that has been cut in half lengthwise and set in the snow. Competitors drop into the pipe and then perform tricks off the walls of the halfpipe and in the air above it. Judges award points for for the number of tricks that a snowboarder performs and for the difficulty of the tricks.

 

Snowboard cross

In snowboard cross four riders race across a course studded with jumps, bumps and huge turns.

Snowboarding became an official Winter Olympics sport at the Games in 1998.


Read more about this sport and watch a video:

http://www.olympic.org/snowboard

Read about snowboarding stars, watch videos and learn about snowboarding tricks:

http://snowboarding.transworld.net/