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Parallel Giant Slalom

Halfpipe

Snowboard Cross

Slopestyle

Big Air

What's this sport all about:

The snowboard was invented on Christmas day in 1965 in Michigan.

The first snowboard was called a "snurfer" because it combined snow sports with surfing.

You couldn't snowboard at ski resorts until the '80s because it was considered dangerous and a fad.

There are three race events — Parallel Slalom, Giant Parallel Slalom and Snowboard Cross. In all races, the athletes race against each other, but in Snowboard Cross, there's the added fun of jumps, embankments and rollers.

In Halfpipe, there are six judges who score athletes based on overall performance according to height, rotations, techniques and degree of difficulty.

This is the first year that Big Air is being included in the Winter Olympics — it involves a lot of cool jumps and tricks.

Canada got its first medal in Nagano 1998 when snowboarding made its appearance (just giant slalom).

When to watch

First day
of events:
FEB 10
Last day
of events:
FEB 24
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Things to watch for

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Alley-oop: When you're watching the halfpipe competition, you'll see this trick. When athletes spin 180 degrees or more in the uphill direction — against the direction they're travelling.

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Jib: When you see a snowboarder jumping, sliding or riding on objects like benches, rails or logs in slopestyle, those are jibs and the athlete is jibbing.

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Goofy/Regular: Just like being right- or left-handed, snowboarders are either goofy footed (lead with their right foot) or regular footed (lead with their left foot).

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