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Can Shaun White rewrite history?
With a gold medal in snowboard halfpipe in Sochi, Shaun White would become the first American man to win the same event three consecutive times at the Olympic Winter Games. His Olympic preparation included learning a new trick - the cab double cork 1440, a trick dubbed the "YOLO flip."
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The future of snowboarding
Japan's Ayumu Hirano will be only 15 years old when he competes in the 2014 Winter Games, making him one of the youngest Olympians of all-time. He finished second at the 2013 Winter X Games in halfpipe but sat out this year's contest with injury. A medal contender in Sochi, keep an eye on Ayumu because he just may be one of the gold medal favorites at future Winter Olympics.
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Bright's busy schedule
Australia’s Torah Bright will stay busy in Sochi, where she will be the first-ever snowboarder to compete in three separate disciplines - halfpipe, slopestyle and snowboard cross - after successfully qualifying for all three events. The 27-year-old will once again be a gold medal contender in women's halfpipe as she looks to defend her title from the 2010 Vancouver Games.
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Can the U.S. women's halfpipe team reclaim gold?
In every Winter Olympics since snowboarding debuted, the U.S. has won a medal in women's halfpipe: 1998 (Shannon Dunn, bronze); 2002 (Kelly Clark, gold); 2006 (Hannah Teter, gold; Gretchen Bleiler, silver); 2010 (Hannah Teter, silver; Kelly Clark, bronze). The U.S. was also riding a streak of two straight gold medals into the 2010 Vancouver Games but the streak was snapped by Australian Torah Bright. Previous gold medalists Clark and Teter - who were on the podium with Bright in 2010 - will return in Sochi, along with new teammates Arielle Gold and Kaitlyn Farrington, looking to reclaim gold for their country.
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Slopestyle makes Olympic debut
Slopestyle was one of two new snowboarding events added to the Olympic program for the 2014 Sochi Games. Riders will go through a downhill course in this competition, performing tricks on obstacles such as rails and large jumps. Judging is based on the difficulty, execution and variety of the tricks.
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