Snowboarding was first introduced to the Winter Olympic program at Nagano in 1998, and has since become one of the most popular events with spectators.
Current Events for 2022
There will four disciplines in the snowboarding category at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Slopestyle was added for 2014, and for 2018 the big air event was added while the parallel slalom event was dropped.
- Parallel Giant Slalom — like slalom skiing, riders complete on a downhill course and have to pass through a series of gates.
- Snowboard Cross — A group of snowboarders race down a snow course.
- Halfpipe — participants perform tricks for points on a half pipe structure made of snow.
- Slopestyle — in slopestyle, the aim is to perform the most difficult tricks while getting the highest amplitude off of jumps. The emphasis is to perform different types of tricks instead of doing one great trick repeatedly.
- Big Air — the competitor on a snowboard perform tricks after launching off very large jumps, it is an extreme version of slopestyle.
- Snowboarding was first introduced to the Winter Olympic program at Nagano in 1998, with mens and womens events for halfpipe and giant slalom.
- Snowboard cross became an Olympic sport in 2006
- Slopestyle was added to the program in 2014
- A mixed-team event was added to snowboardcross in 2022