The Winter Olympics is upon us with the opening ceremonies being conducted tonight in the rather warm Canadian city of Vancouver. The warm weather was explained in a previous article and has forced the city to import truck loads of snow from higher elevations, but the games will go on.
Warm weather will not be the only unfortunate happenings at these Olympics. They will go on in the shadow of tragedy. 21 year old Olympic Luger from the Soviet Republic of Georgia died Friday after a high-speed crash during training on the banked ice course. Nodar Kumaritahvili’s death certainly puts the games into perspective, but the spirit of the gathering nations will surely remember him well in tonight’s ceremonies.
Snowboarding has had its share of injuries, shrinking the list of potential medal contenders. With all of the competing events being very dangerous, the warm weather can mark a potentially more dangerous layout for the riders. In the Parallel Giant Slalom and the Boarder Cross events, the warmer course may be iced over, creating less traction and potentially more speed. The same may be seen on the halfpipe, and although many pipe riders prefer the added speed, the reduced traction can make for a more dangerous run as well as a harder fall. Regardless, the games will go on.
The Olympic Halfpipe will be about 100’ shorter than the Winter X Games SuperPipe. It has 22’ walls and will be held at Cypress Mountain. The venue can hold 8000 spectators and they will watch as the favored American’s go for the sweep in both Men’s and Women’s events.
Team USA: HalfPipe Mens
Team USA: HalfPipe Womens
Boarder Cross is the event that puts four riders side by side and sent down a course that features banked turns, steep slopes and huge table tops. All the while, the mob fights each other down the icy course to claim first and the gold.
Team USA: Boarder X Mens
Team USA: Boarder X Womens
Parallel Giant Slalom
Huh? I didn’t know they still did this. Two riders are pitted against each other racing down a blue and a red course. Then the time difference is added to a second run, where they switch courses and do it again. I’m just looking to see if the riders come out in hard boots. (Doing some research). They do!
Team USA: Parallel Giant Slalom Mens
Team USA: Parallel Giant Slalom Womens
10:15 – Men’s Snowboard Cross Qualifications
14:00 – Men’s Snowboard Cross 1/8 Finals
14:26 – Men’s Snowboard Cross Quarterfinals
14:42 – Men’s Snowboard Cross Semifinals
14:53 – Men’s Snowboard Cross Finals
10:00 – Women’s Snowboard Cross Qualifications
12:15 – Women’s Snowboard Cross Quarterfinals
12:29 – Women’s Snowboard Cross Semifinals
12:40 – Women’s Snowboard Cross Finals
13:05 – Men’s Halfpipe Qualifications
17:15 – Men’s Halfpipe Semifinals
19:15 – Men’s Halfpipe Finals
12:30 – Women’s Halfpipe Qualifications
16:00 – Women’s Halfpipe Semifinals
18:00 – Women’s Halfpipe Finals
10:00 – Women’s PGS Qualifications
12:15 – Women’s PGS 1/8 Finals
12:51 – Women’s PGS Quarterfinals
13:09 – Women’s PGS Semifinals
13:31 – Women’s PGS Finals
10:00 – Men’s PGS Qualifications
12:15 – Men’s PGS 1/8 Finals
12:51 – Men’s PGS Quarterfinals
13:09 – Men’s PGS Semifinals
13:31 – Men’s PGS Finals
So the games will go on. The Winter Olympics are here and the team USA is ready to dominate in the world of Snowboarding.
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