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7 daredevil sports to watch during the 2014 Winter Olympics

If you grew up watching the Olympics as many baby boomers did, you will probably feel a surge of adrenaline during many of the events in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Olympic athletes are competing in many breathtaking events during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Olympic athletes are competing in many breathtaking events during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
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Snowboarding events include Slopestyle, Halfpipe, Snowboard Cross, Parallel Slalom and Parallel Giant Slalom
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The Olympic Games are being held in Sochi, Russia, from Feb. 7-23, 2014. Here's a guide to seven sports to keep you on the edge of your seat during the Sochi Olympics.

Luge is the fastest and most dangerous of the Olympic ice sports. Lugers sled face up and feet-first, steering with the calf of each leg and the shoulders. Lugers reach speeds up to 90 miles per hour.

Skeleton competitors, who are called sliders, ride headfirst on their stomachs down an icy hill. Sliders are a little slower than lugers, topping out at up to 75 miles per hour. Sleds don't have brakes and steering is done with the body.

Freestyle skiing is beautiful to watch, but can be dangerous to the skiers. Among the freesyle ski events are two that seem more like X-Games sports: ski halfpipe and ski slopestyle.

Ski Jumping includes the normal hill event, with a hill size of 105 meters, and the large hill event, with a hill size of 140 meters. Women will compete in ski jumping for the first time at the Winter Games in Sochi.

Snowboarding is always fun to watch. Keep your eyes on two breathtaking events: snowboard slopestyle and snowboard halfpipe. You'll be amazed by the flips, twists and somersaults the athletes perform.

Bobsleigh events include the 2-man team, 4-man team and women's team events. The driver of the bobsleigh controls the sled with his hands and fingers, using rings attached to the steering mechanism by ropes. Competitors wear shoes with spikes for traction on the ice as they push off to start their high-speed descent on the ice tracks.

Figure Skating at the Olympics is much different than what you may see at your local ice rink. The single skaters perform jumps, spins and steps. The mixed pairs of skaters perform lifts, spirals, throws and synchronized jumps. The athleticism of figure skaters is quite impressive.

You will find the complete schedule for the 2014 Winter Games at the link in this article. The Olympics is great entertainment for toddlers, teens, individuals and families.

The skill levels of the best athletes in the world is inspirational and amazing. Whether you grew up watching the Olympics or not, you'll find yourself glued to the screen, rooting for your favorite athletes and teams.

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