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Olympic Snowboarding: The Facts



Olympic Snowboarding: The Facts
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     challenging words:    half-pipe, landing, popularity, alpine, slalom, binding, bolts, flips, resort, snowboarder, boarder, trench, equipment, stance, snowboard, triangular
     content words:    Winter Olympics


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Olympic Snowboarding: The Facts
By Trista L. Pollard
  

1     When you visit a ski resort, look around. What do you see? You should see skiers and snowboarders. It was only ten years ago when you only saw skiers at resorts. In fact, very few resorts allowed snowboarding. After it appeared at the 1998 Winter Olympics (Japan), its popularity grew. There are now different types of snowboarding. Even our English language has changed to include snowboarding words.
 
2     In the Winter Olympics, there are six snowboarding events - three for men and three for women. The events are the half-pipe, the snowboard cross, and the parallel giant slalom. During the half-pipe event, snowboarders perform in a U-shaped trench or track. They do tricks and jumps in the trench. This trench has sides that are about 11 feet high. It may be as long as 400 feet and as wide as 50 feet. The snowboarders use one side of the U to gain speed. As they reach the top of the U, they perform their tricks. The event is exciting because the boarders perform many tricks and jumps. Five judges score each snowboarder. The judges rate the boarders on basic moves, spins, and flips. They are also judged on technical merit and landing. The height a snowboarder reaches is rated as well.
 
3     The snowboard cross event was new for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. This event has a course with obstacles. These obstacles are in different sections of the course. As the snowboarders go through the course, the terrain or land features changes. There are blue and red gates and triangular flags that mark the course.

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