Snowboarding, is a very recent sport and is similar to Surfing, skateboarding, and Skiing.For us this is one of the most exciting events held in the Olympics! Whats better then flying in the air?

Snowboarding; was invented by a man named Tom Sims, 1963, the snowboard he made was originally called Ski board, his inspiration for making this is unknown, but he made this in shop class in the 8th grade. Jake Burton Carpenter, designed his first snowboard in 1979. His boards later got famous for their new steel edges and heel supported bindings which made snowboarding more fun and less painful.

Snowboarding was finally a Olympic event in 1998, Nagano, Japan in 1998. Canada won only one medal in snowboarding that year, and it was a GOLD medal in the Giant Slalom.
external image 22px-Flag_of_Canada.svg.png Ross Rebagliati (CAN) || 2:03.96
external image 22px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png Thomas Prugger (ITA) || 2:03.98
external image 20px-Flag_of_Switzerland.svg.png Ueli Kestenholz (SUI) || 2:04.08
As you can see Ross Rebagliati won by .02 mila-second! He is the only athlete to win Gold in the giant slalom event ever!
  • An explanation of the sports techniques
    • Snowboarding requires almost all the parts in your body. but the most used are your legs.
      • Your feet are used to steer your snowboard, depending on your stance (goofy, or regular) lifting your heels, and standing on your toes, control where the snowboard will turn.
      • Your legs can be used to balance yourself out, same for your arms.
    • Equipment needed for snowboarding are shown in the pictures below(Note: Snowboard helmets are not a requirement to snowboard it most ski resorts, but they are encouraged to wear one for inexperienced snowboarders.
    • snowboard guide
      snowboard guide
    • For people that are interested in participating in snowboarding events, and live closes to Rouyn Noranda, Mount Kanasuta they have interresting clubs & events that can help you get noticed and maybe one day lead you to the olympics. For more information click the Kanasuta link above.
  • Events in the Olympics

Half pipe
The half-pipe is a semi circle (that is usually on a downward slope), between 8 and 22 feet (6.7 m) deep. Competitors perform tricks while going from one side to the other and while in the air above the sides of the pipe.

Giant Slalom (That will not be a event this year)
The Giant Slalom is actually Two events,
Giant Slalom**; where the snowboarder races down the hill while slaloming thru the posts and the snowboarder with the best time wins.
Parallel Giant Slalom; Similar too solo except you have the pressure of having a opponent to beat at the same time.

    • The 2010 Olympics are happening at Vancouver, British Columbia.
    • The olympics are being held at Cypress, Cypress Mountain is located in Cypress Provincial Park. Their is 12000 tickets for sale for snowboard racing. For snowboard halfpipe their is 8000 tickets for sale. For more information click the links below,
      • For the venue, check out here and here
      • Here is a link for the Snowboarding Schedule on the official Vancouver 2010 Olympic website.
  • These are two of many snowboarders that are participating in the 2010 Winter Olympics.
    • American: Shaun White Canadain: Brad Martin,
    • Their are many canadians participating in the 2010 vancouver olympics, Here is a link to the entire snowboarding team.
      • Justin Lamoureux, is a famous Quebecois snowboarder who competed in the previous Olympics, even though he never won gold that's not stopping him. His Bio is on his website here

Vince Jake and Chris At Kanasuta