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In the 1960's, a group of surf and sun enthusiastics headed for the snow-covered California slopes. And, in no time at all, it seemed, snowboarding became the hip winter scene in California.

Media attention soon followed as millions around the world witnessed surfboarders riding the frozen "surf" in spectacular moves executed by a few of the world's first snowboarding pioneers.

The sport's popularity skyrocketed, while popular demand resulted in a shorter, stronger redesign of the traditional surfboard to fit the harsher conditions of mountain snow.

Throughout the early 80's, local amateur contests led to a national US competition in 1983, followed by the first World International Snowboard Federation Championship in Ischgl, Austria in 1993. A year later, the FIS hosted its first World Cup, and at FIS urging, snowboarding was finally introduced to the Winter Games at Nagano in 1998.


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In addition to the Half Pipe and Giant Slalom competitions, the Parallel Giant Slalom was introduced at the Salt Lake City Games in 2002. Four years later, the Turino Games in 2006 saw the debut of snowboard cross, consisting of four riders executing moves such as whoops, waves, banks, spines and kickers in a NASCAR-like race to the finish.

Today, there are now a total of 10 Olympic Snowboarding events at the Winter Games. The most recently added include Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle, Men’s Parallel Slalom, Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle, and Women’s Parallel Slalom


DID YOU KNOW? Olympic snowboarding fun facts

snowboarder icon• Due to its overwhelming popularity, snowboarding was the only event at the Winter Games to be introduced without formerly being a demonstration sport.

• Despite only taking home bronze in the first snowboarding competition, the US went on to win the most Olympic medals in future Olympic events. As of 2014, the American team has taken home 24 Olympic medals, including 10 gold.

• The first Olympic gold medal in snowboarding was won by Ross Rebagliati of Canada. After he won, he was temporarily disqualified when a blood test showed he had marijuana in his system. The decision was later overturned because marijuana was not on the list of banned substances at the time!


also see -> Winter X Games


More about Olympic snowboarding around the Web:



International Olympic Committee - Snowboard
- Check out an overview of the snowboard competitions, list of events, Olympic records, athlete profiles, picture gallery, related links.

FIS Ski - Snowboard - Use the top menu to browse for snowboard news, rules and regulations, results and standings, athlete biographies, pictures, and Olympic medal winners.

Team USA - Snowboarding - Keep up to date with hotdogging headlines, feature stories and news releases.

 

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