2014 Olympic Snowboarding: Preview and Predictions for Women's Halfpipe

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2014 Olympic Snowboarding: Preview and Predictions for Women's Halfpipe
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The women will take center stage Wednesday as they showcase their impressive tricks and high-flying stunts on the halfpipe.

Snowboarding has been a relatively new addition to the Winter Olympics roster. While it was met with some initial disapproval from traditionalists, it has grown in popularity since it was first included in the Games at Nagano in 1998. 

In the halfpipe event, the athletes are judged on several different factors as they perform on the concave course. Creativity, difficulty, precision and the intangible "wow" effect are some of the factors the judges consider. 

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