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Winter Olympics 2002
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 Snowboarding's first international race - the Suicide Six - was held in 1982 in Vermont. More than winning or taking part, most competitiors were just happy to survive the ordeal of "The Face" - a steep icy run

There are four snowboard events: the men's and women's half-pipe and the men's and women's parallel giant slalom.

Half-pipe is all about technique and expression while parallel giant slalom is all about speed in a one-on-one dash.

The half-pipe competition takes place in a half-cylinder-shaped platform which is built into the hill.

The pipe is usually three to four metres deep and 110m long with an 85-degree pitch and high vertical walls on each side.

Snowboarders come up over the rim of the pipe and perform acrobatic aerial tricks using speed gained on the slope.

The object of the half-pipe is to perform difficult tricks with perfect form. It is judged on rotations, amplitude and overall impression.

The parallel giant slalom features head-to-head match-ups on the mountain.

After the qualification round, a 16-person tournament is established and competitors battle it out on two side-by-side courses until there is a winner.


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