Snowboarding in Winter Olympics

Though the United States hosted snowboarding national championships in 1982 and world championships in 1983, the popular snowsport didn’t make its Olympics debut until 1998. Since then, snowboarding events have expanded to feature snowboard cross and slopestyle, in addition to the standard half-pipe and slalom events. The United States tops the all-time medal table with 24 total.

Though the United States hosted snowboarding national championships in 1982 and world championships in 1983, the popular snowsport didn’t make its Olympics debut until 1998. Since then, snowboarding events have expanded to feature snowboard cross and slopestyle, in addition to the standard half-pipe and slalom events. The United States tops the all-time medal table with 24 total.

Though the United States hosted snowboarding national championships in 1982 and world championships in 1983, the popular snowsport didn’t make its Olympics debut until 1998. Since then, snowboarding events have expanded to feature snowboard cross and slopestyle, in addition to the standard half-pipe and slalom events. The United States tops the all-time medal table with 24 total.

Parallel Giant Slalom

Two riders race side-by-side down parallel courses, with the faster rider advancing to the next round. This head-to-head competition features a round of 16 followed by quarterfinals, semifinals and medal finals.

Though the United States hosted snowboarding national championships in 1982 and world championships in 1983, the popular snowsport didn’t make its Olympics debut until 1998. Since then, snowboarding events have expanded to feature snowboard cross and slopestyle, in addition to the standard half-pipe and slalom events. The United States tops the all-time medal table with 24 total.

Halfpipe

Riders soar off the 22-foot walls of this U-shaped pipe, performing tricks in the air. Winners are determined by a team of six judges, who give a score between 1 and 100 after taking the following factors into consideration: height, technical difficulty of tricks, variety, smooth execution and progression (how tricks are linked together).

Though the United States hosted snowboarding national championships in 1982 and world championships in 1983, the popular snowsport didn’t make its Olympics debut until 1998. Since then, snowboarding events have expanded to feature snowboard cross and slopestyle, in addition to the standard half-pipe and slalom events. The United States tops the all-time medal table with 24 total.

Slopestyle

Added to the Olympic program in 2014, the slopestyle event features snowboarders performing tricks on jumps and rails as they make their way down a course. Riders are judged by a team of nine, with three judges scoring based on overall impression and the remaining six evaluating individual tricks.

Though the United States hosted snowboarding national championships in 1982 and world championships in 1983, the popular snowsport didn’t make its Olympics debut until 1998. Since then, snowboarding events have expanded to feature snowboard cross and slopestyle, in addition to the standard half-pipe and slalom events. The United States tops the all-time medal table with 24 total.

Snowboard Cross

Heavily inspired by motocross, this sport features a maximum of six snowboarders racing on a downhill course, which features jumps and sharp turns. Intentional contact between riders is prohibited and grounds for disqualification.

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