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Men's and women's ski halfpipe
Freeski halfpipe, where you simply swap the snowboard for skis, consists of a qualification round and a final round. In the qualification round, 30 men and 24 women ski two runs and are ranked according to their best single run score. The top 12 skiers, for both men and women, advance to the final.
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Men's and women's ski slopestyle
In slopestyle, skiers need a trifecta of skills. They perform tricks as they move through a downhill course with features such as rails, boxes, bumps and big jumps. The features are designed in a way that athletes can select their own line through the course. After each run, five judges give each athlete a score based on an overall impression of the run, which includes the sequences of tricks, the amount of risk in the routine, and how the rider uses the course. The judges also take falls, mistakes and stops into consideration. The Olympic slopestyle format consists of a qualification round and a final round. In the qualification round, 30 men and 24 women ski two runs and are ranked according to their best single run score. The top 12 skiers for both men and women advance to the final.
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Men's and women's snowboard slopestyle
Snowboard slopestyle is exactly like freeski slopestyle, but on a snowboard, and is competed on the same course. The tricks however, do differ between the two sports, with snowboard slopestyle being known for the triple corks that contestants attempt.
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Snowboard parallel slalom
Joining parallel giant slalom is its shorter cousin, parallel slalom, where two snowboarders race side-by-side down identical courses. There’s no judges scoring. First one down wins.
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Biathlon mixed relay
Mixed relay will make its debut on the Olympic biathlon program in Sochi. The mixed relay is similar to the standard relay except for the composition of the teams, each of which consists of two women and two men. Legs 1 and 2 are completed by the women, legs 3 and 4 by the men. The women's legs are 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) and men's legs are 7.5 kilometers (4.6 miles). As opposed to the individual disciplines, biathletes in the relay have eight rounds of ammunition for each firing range – five stored in the magazine and three extra rounds that can be loaded by hand, if necessary. Once all eight rounds have been fired, the athlete must ski a 150-meter penalty loop for each missed target.
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