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Slopestyle debuts at Winter Olympics; new jargon has viewers going 'Goofy'

Olympic Slopestyle offers a new sport at the 2014 Winter Games
Olympic Slopestyle offers a new sport at the 2014 Winter Games
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Slopestyle has debuted at the 2014 Winter Games and anyone under the age of 25 watching the games might be talking in a whole new language. One of the most extreme forms of freestyle skiing and snowboarding in one event, the qualifying runs were on Thursday and everyone seemed to be grabbing a snowboard in midair and some were even showcasing the use of a melon. Not familiar with the Slopestyle language? Well, most viewers who aren't part of the sport can get a quick crash course to keep up to speed. According to 9News on Thursday, there were a few crashes but no major injuries on the course for the debut of the sport and the qualifying runs. So even those athletes showcasing the melon are moving on to the next competition.

Competition in Sochi for the men’s and women’s Slopestyle snowboarding was at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. While there was plenty of air seen during the qualifications, according to Team USA on Thursday all seven members from its Slopestyle snowboarding team advance past the opening round.

The fans who are watching the sport, but aren't too familiar with the new high flying extreme sport heard terms that could have been strange. Goofy, mute and even melon were all part of the opening and those terms had everything to do with the tricks of the slope.

Looking to brush up on your Slopestyle speak? Here’s a crash course:

Stalefish, Mute, Indy, Melon: Descriptions of all ways of grabbing a snowboard in mid-air. The difference is what hand is used, and where the board is grabbed.

Goofy: Riding a snowboard with your right foot forward.

Regular: Riding a snowboard with your left foot forward.

Frontside: Leaping off a ramp or on to a rail forwards. The opposite also seen in the tricks was “Backside.”
180, 360, 540: The number of degrees of spin achieved in any move. Keep in mind a 1080 would be three full rotations.

Corked: A move skewed vertically or horizontally in mid-air as they perform their move.

Flip: Any move that involves being upside down.

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