Day Two of our Vancouver Olympics Preview.
Yesterday I covered Ski Jumping, Alpine Skiing, and Biathlon. Today we will discuss snowboarding, bobsleigh, and short track.
Snowboarding continues to be one of the fastest growing sports in the world. It first became an Olympic competition in 1981 with its newest event being introduced as recently as the 2006 Torino games. The snowboard competition consists of three events for both the men and women: parallel giant slalom, halfpipe, and snowboard cross. Overall this is one of the more exciting events in the Winter Olympics.
The halfpipe is an event in which each snowboarder takes a turn inside a half cylinder shaped ramp. They perform a routine filled with many twists and tricks while moving from one side of the ramp to the other.
In the parallel giant slalom, two snowboarders race against each other down a course. Throughout the course, the riders must turn through a series of gates. The fastest racer moves on to the next round. The top racers will compete in a total of nine runs.
Snowboard Cross is a race between four snowboarders. The four racers travel through a course that includes a series of ramps and jumps. The fastest two racers from each race move on to the next round until one winner is found.
This year's snowboarding events will take place at Cypress Mountain.
In 2006, the United States had the highest medal count, winning seven total. They were tied with Switzerland for the most gold in each country, receiving three of those. The United States holds the all-time record with 14 total medals earned, including five golds.