Jan 8, 2014; Breckenridge, CO, USA; Shaun White of the United States during men

Sochi Winter Olympics: How do Snowboarding events work?

One of the most popular events at the Winter Olympics is the Snowboard event. The competitions drawn million s of viewers, specifically the half pipe competition which showcases Shaun White and other X-Games stars fans have come to know over the years.

If you ever played the old Playstation game Cool Boarders, you’ll understand every single Snowboard event as you see it happen. Even if you didn’t play that game, it’s still pretty simple to pick up on the fly.

Parallel Slalom: This is almost exactly like the slalom from the Alpine Skiing competitions. The Parallel slalom see two snowboarders race down identical parallel courses with the winner scoring the most points in the best time. The Giant slalom are the exact same thing as the normal parallel slalom except the course is wider.

Snowboard Cross: This is the Cool Boarders course, as obstacles are in the way as snowboarders try to get down the hill with the best time and the most points they can get.

Slopestyle: This is the same thing as the Snowboard Cross except there are less obstacles and more quarterpipes to gain momentum and perform tricks.

Halfpipe: This is the one Shaun White always wins. A snowboarder heads down a halfpipe course with the only goal being to amass the most amount of points possible.

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