In 1994, snowboarding was declared as an Olympic sport but
it wasn’t until the 1998 Olympics that snowboarding event
were held.There are two Olympic snowboard competitions: halfpipe
and parallel giant slalom with both male and female events.
is all about technique and expression. The halfpipe competition
takes place in a half-cylinder-shaped course dug deep into
the hill. The pipe is generally 3 to 4 meters deep and 110
meters long with an 85-degree pitch and high vertical walls
on each side. Using speed gained on the slope, snowboarders
come up over the rim of the pipe and perform acrobatic aerial
tricks. The object of the halfpipe is to perform difficult
tricks with perfect form.
Parallel giant slalom is all
about speed in a one-on-one dash. An exciting version of alpine
snowboarding, parallel giant slalom features head-to-head
competition on the mountain. After the qualification round,
a 16-person tournament is established and competitors battle
it out on two side-by-side courses until there is a winner.
Learn More About Snowboarding
has gained immense popularity during the last ten
years. In 1985 only 7 percent of U.S. ski areas allowed
snowboards; today more than 97 percent have opened
the slopes to the sport.
have developed a colorful slang for specific moves
i.e. “mick twist” is a 180 degree turn with a front
flip; “indy grab” is holding on to the board in the
middle of a jump and “bomb” an incredible move or
snowboarding competition will be held at Park City
Mountain Resort, Park City, Utah, is about 28 miles
from the Olympic Village. With a base of 6,946 feet
and a summit of 8,300.5 ft., Park City has held numerous
alpine skiing and snowboarding World Cups since it
opened in 1963. Two-time alpine Olympic medalist Picabo
Street of the U.S. is the resort's director of skiing.
nation can send up to 14 snowboarding athletes, with
a maximum of eight males or eight females. A nation
may have no more than four athletes competing in any
one event. A maximum of 125 athletes has been established
for the Olympic competition.
the Official Salt
Lake City Winter Olympics Web site to get all
the facts, latest scores and list of snowboarding
can you Snowboard? What equipment do you need? SkiCentral
has a complete list of sites to help you find what
you are looking for about snowboarding.
tips abound on this site which has detailed explanations
about the sport, the people who love the sport and
into Snowboarding is a ThinkQuest
project created by fourth graders in Kenai, Alaska
and it is wonderful.
Winter Olympic Sports
Olympians will compete in dozens of sports this winter. Even
though Gateway to the Winter Games can't feature them all,
you can learn about each and every one by visiting the sites
Publishing Group's Official Olympic Sports page
This K-12 education Internet site is filled with Olympic
facts, lesson plans, athlete profiles and more.
This official site of the International Olympic Committee
reports Olympic schedules and features an excellent Olympic
Sportsline's Olympics 2002
Get top news stories and in-depth features about every sport.
In addition to news on every sport, this site contains athlete
Select a sport to study or hear firsthand from an athlete
who plays it.
Lake 2002 Winter Olympics
This is the Official 2002 Winter Olympic site for Salt Lake.
This site has schedules, sports outlines, athlete bios,
and much more.
Salt Lake Winter Games 2002
Get a countdown to the games, with background on some of
the different sports and the participating athletes.
States Olympic Team
The United States Olympic Team site includes athlete bios,
diaries, and pictures. Also, check out the exciting video
and audio clips of the various athletes in action.
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