Which winter sports should you be watching? To help you familiarize yourself, here are 14 of the most popular Olympics sports that you’ll be seeing at the 2018 Winter Games.
Both men’s and women’s teams compete in this category, which features alpine combined, the downhill, the giant slalom, the slalom, super combined and super-G events along with parallel mixed teams. What are the differences? Courses, course lengths and ski types.
This event combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting.
Teams of two or four pile into a bobsled and maneuver it down narrow, twisting, iced tracks.
Competitors rely only on their own locomotion to ski over snowy terrain.
Competitors slide stones on ice towards a target area to earn the most points.
Men, women and pairs compete in figure skating as well as ice dancing. The difference between ice dancing and pairs figure skating? Ice dancers cannot be lifted higher than shoulder height and cannot have throws or jumps in their programs.
Similar to snowboarding but with skis, freestylers attempt aerials, moguls, cross, half-pipe and slope-style performances.
Teams play hockey to score the most points.
One or two competitors lie flat on their backs upon a tiny sled to race down a track without brakes.
Competitors engage in a combo of cross-country skiing and ski jumping.
Men’s and women’s teams compete in different length speed skating runs to achieve the fastest times on long-track courses, short-track courses and marathon courses.
A competitor lies face down on a tiny, brake-free sled to race down a track.
Ski jumpers descend a steep ramp and “jump” off of it in an attempt to land the furthest distance away.
Competitors have a single ski-a broad board (snowboard) that’s attached to both feet. They snowboard downhill in a freestyle manner, or in a half-pipe, which is a ditch shaped in a semi-circle where snowboarders traverse it from side to side while performing tricks.
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