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Olympic Snowboarding - The History

Olympic Snowboarding - The History
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.65

     challenging words:    Burchett, non-Snurfer, plywood, singlewide, snowboard-like, surfing, slalom, binding, material, bobbing, skateboard, snowboard, design, easily, clothesline, hardwood
     content words:    Sherman Poppen, Once Poppen, Dimetriji Milovich, Jake Burton, Tom Sims, Chuck Barfoot, Flying Yellow Banana, United States, International Snowboarding Federation, Winter Olympics

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Olympic Snowboarding - The History
By Trista L. Pollard

Bobbing, weaving, dodging trees,
Gliding, flying down mountains with ease.
A single board, hands free,
The speed of nature for the eye to see.

2     Imagine standing on a board zooming down a white mountain. You are riding the snowdrifts like a surfer rides waves in the ocean. No poles are required, just free hands as you glide down the mountain to the base. This must be every snowboarder's dream - the best of surfing, skiing, and skateboarding combined into one sport. So when was the first snowboard invented?
3     Some people believe snowboard history began in 1929. A man named M. J. Burchett built a snowboard-like sled. It was made of plywood. Burchett used clothesline to tie his feet to the board. He used horse reins to steer the board. In 1939, Vern Wicklund and two partners received a patent for "a new type of sled that can be used as a substitute for skis in jumping on snow or snow-covered ground."

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