Olympic Snowboarding 2014: Complete Guide for Sochi Winter Olympics

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Olympic Snowboarding 2014: Complete Guide for Sochi Winter Olympics
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The marriage between snowboarding and the Olympics hasn’t always been a perfect one.

The sport once banned from some of America’s top ski resorts was still dismissed as an “alternative” or “extreme” endeavor by some purists when it was added to the games in 1998.

Much more recently, Bob Costas ruffled feathers in the snowboarding world when he joked that this year’s inaugural slopestyle competition was "Jackass stuff they invented and called an Olympic sport," via USA Today.

As snowboarding prepares for its fifth Olympiad, however, the sport has largely ditched its novelty status and stands as one of the Games’ most popular and fastest growing attractions.

Today, most Olympic snowboarders get the respect they deserve as serious athletes, even if the sport continues to exude the kind of hip, laid-back cool you don’t get in, say, ice dancing.

Here’s a quick look at everything you need to know about what’ll happen on the snowboarding hill, halfpipe and slopestyle course in Sochi. 

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