The Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games are less than two days away and everyone is gearing up for Olympic parties and mass gatherings to watch and cheer on their favorite athletes in a number of different sport events, or if you’re one of the lucky ones, you get to watch them in person. With a number of different events and eight new ones, we all have our favorites that raise that anticipation of who will walk away with the gold. Here are some events that the Action Sports Examiner is excited for and a bit of information of what the event is. Which disciplines are you most excited for?
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Men’s and Women’s Super-G
The Super-G (Super-Giant) is an alpine skiing event that incorporates aspects of both the downhill and the giant slalom. Athletes achieve speeds just as high as in the downhill (120 km/h), but the course trajectory is similar to the course trajectory in the slalom. Gates are placed on the course about the same distance apart as in the giant slalom, and each skier only gets one attempt at the course.
Freestyle skiing – aerials
The aerials in the freestyle skiing event are absolutely insane and many find themselves holding their breath as the athlete makes an attempt to flawlessly land a special ski jump. The flips and tricks that they perform are jaw-dropping and absolutely incredible to watch. Each athlete complete two special ski jumps where they are judged on their technique for jump takeoff, jump form and landing.
The Skeleton involves a descent on a special track with artificially frozen ice in a sled. Competition for the Olympic Skeleton lasts two days where each athlete completes a total of four runs. The sled on which the athletes race on has steel runners and a weighted frame without steering. The athlete lays face down and head first in direction, controlling the sled using special spikes on their shoes. There are only two sets of medals to be won in the skeleton.
Snowboard slopestyle is when the athlete performs on a slope featuring different forms of obstacles that include rails, quaterpipes and jumps. Technical characteristics are dictated by the rules of the International Ski Federation. The competition is formatted in an elimination system with semifinals and finals, each having two runs in a round.
Ski jumping – individual large hill competition
The individual large hill competition for ski jumping involves an athlete jumping from a HS 140 (hill size). The length of the jump can be up to 140 meters or more. Only the athletes with the best results in the first jump make the second jump. The athlete with the highest total score is declared the winner.