Winter Olympics 2014: Guide to the 8 New Events in Sochi

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Winter Olympics 2014: Guide to the 8 New Events in Sochi
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While the Winter Olympic events we have come to love will be there as always, the 2014 Sochi Games will have a strong sense of the new when they begin next month. Eight new events will make their debuts in Russia, with four of them awarding medals in both men’s and women’s competitions.

The additions are headlined by the long-awaited halfpipe and slopestyle competitions in freestyle skiing, which continues to grow in popularity. Likewise, snowboard will also add a slopestyle event and will stage a parallel slalom race to complement its longstanding Olympic parallel giant slalom.

Joining those events is the much-anticipated arrival of the women’s ski jump, new relay events in the luge and biathlon, and a team figure skating competition that will extend our Sochi love affair with the kings and queens of the ice.

Here’s a look at the competitions making their Olympic debuts next month and a sense of what to expect when the events ultimately get underway.

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