Winter Olympic Sports: Snowboard

Depending on the type of slope from which the descent is made and the level of training of the athlete, several types of snowboard are distinguished: hard, boardercross, slalom, parallel slalom, giant slalom, parallel slalom giant, supergiant, freeride and freestyle. Hard snowboarding consists of skating from prepared slopes using additional equipment. When freeride, descent is carried out from unprepared mountains, including very steep ones. Freestyle involves performing tricks when descending on a prepared track. Included in the Olympic program are slalom giant, halfpipe, parallel slalom giant, snowboard cross and boardcross.

In parallel slalom, two or more athletes simultaneously make a descent on parallel tracks. That athlete who passes the specified distance faster than the others and observes all established rules, wins the competition.

If the track of the standard slalom is shorter and winding, the slalom giant differs in that it runs over a longer distance, which can reach 1 km, but the number of control gate on it decreases.

Athletes participating in the snowboard cross competition descend the track with many relief figures. Constantly building speed, they pass various shafts, springboards, turns and spins. Rivals must roll off the slope alone first. Only after the qualifying round are they allowed to compete in speed with each other.

Havpipe means “half pipe” in English. In such concave construction and competitions in this discipline take place. Athletes must move from wall to wall while performing stunts at the same time.

The snowboardcross competition is a concurrent free descent of 4-6 people on a track that can be up to 2 km in length. Athletes must overcome obstacles in the form of crests, make jumps and make turns. First you need to go through the qualifying round one.

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