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Snowboarding

Calyn Irwin grips her snowboard as she flies up over the edge of the halfpipe.
Calyn Irwin of Canada competes in the snowboard ladies' halfpipe qualification at PyeongChang 2018. (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

What's it all about?

Ever been out at the skate park and thought it would be so much cooler if your feet were stuck to the board and the whole place looked like the castle out of Frozen? Then you've probably been daydreaming about trying out snowboarding.

How it's played

Things to watch for

Norway's Marcus Kleveland competes in the men's snowboard slopestyle at PyeongChang 2018. (Loic Venance/Getty Images)
Norway's Marcus Kleveland competes in the men's snowboard slopestyle at PyeongChang 2018. (Loic Venance/Getty Images)

Slopestyle

  • Think of street skateboarding, but with snow and ice thrown into the mix.
  • Riders go down a course that has obstacles like jumps, rails, boxes and hips.
  • Judges score them on things like difficulty, style, execution of their tricks, the risk of the routine and how they used the course.
Michela Moioli of Italy takes 1st place in the snowboarding women's snowboard cross at PyeongChang 2018. (Laurent Salino/Getty Images)
Michela Moioli of Italy takes 1st place in the snowboarding women's snowboard cross at PyeongChang 2018. (Laurent Salino/Getty Images)

Snowboard cross

  • Snowboard cross is an exciting run down the hill with packs of riders competing against each other.
  • They ride over berms, rollers, jumps and other obstacles in the terrain.
  • New this year is the mixed team event where teams of two race one at a time in packs, for combined time scores.
Ben Ferguson of the US competes in the snowboard men's halfpipe event at PyeongChang 2018. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Ben Ferguson of the US competes in the snowboard men's halfpipe event at PyeongChang 2018. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Halfpipe

  • Snowboard halfpipe is just like skateboard halfpipe, just with lots of ice and snow.
  • The routine they perform includes flips, spins and airs.
  • Riders get judged on difficulty level, the variety of moves, style, execution, how clean the landings are, their form in the air and how high they go above the walls.
Action packed facts.
  • The snowboard was invented on Christmas day in 1965 in Michigan, Detroit.

  • The modern snowboard prototype was two skis bolted together. Later, a rope was attached to the front for steering.

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

  • Snowboarding is everywhere! People have actually snowboarded in Antarctica.

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