The Winter Olympics are an exciting event that takes place every four years. The event includes a wide range of sporting activities from skiing to curling.
With just hours to go until the 2022 Winter Olympics, let’s take a look at some of the popular sports during the big ticketing event.
The mega-event is set to take place February 4-20 in Beijing, China.
Let’s take a look at the most famous sports over the years at the Winter Olympics
Most popular sports at the Winter Olympics
#5 Snowboarding: Snowboarding is a competitive sport that involves riding down a snowy slope while standing on a snowboard strapped to the rider’s feet.
The development of snowboarding was inspired by skateboarding, sledding, surfing and skiing. It was developed in the United States in the 1960s and became part of the Winter Olympic program in Nagano in 1998. It was included in the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014.
Since the inception of snowboarding as an established winter sport, it has developed different styles, each with its own equipment and specialized technique. The most common styles today are: freeride, freestyle and freecarve/race. These styles are used for both recreational and professional snowboarding. Although each style is unique, there are also overlaps between them.
#4 Sledding: Luge is one of the most popular winter Olympic sports. A luge is the French word for “luge”. This is a small sled for one or two people where the driver will slide face up and feet first. Luger steers by using the calf muscles to flex the sled’s runners. Racing sleds weigh 21–25 kg (46–55 lb) for singles and 25–30 kg (55–66 lb) for doubles.
Georg Hackl of Germany is the most successful Olympic luger, having won five medals, including three gold medals won at three consecutive Olympic Games.
#3 Short Track Speed Skating: Short track speed skating is one of three skating disciplines at the Winter Olympics, along with figure skating and speed skating. However, unlike speed skating, short track competitors compete against each other, not against the clock.
Short track speed skating was first introduced at the 1992 Winter Games in Albertville, France.
The bobsleigh is also called bobsleigh. It is the sport of sliding down a natural or artificial slope covered in ice on a four-runner sled, called a bobsled, bobsled or bobsled, which carries two or four people.
The four-man event has been around since the first Winter Games in 1924 in Chamonix, France. The only exception was the 1960 Games in Squaw Valley when the organizing committee decided not to build a track to cut costs.
#1 Figure Skating:
Figure skating is a sport in which individuals, pairs or groups perform on figure skates on ice. It was first included in the Olympics in 1908, while it was first introduced in the Winter Olympics in 2014.
The four Olympic disciplines of figure skating include freestyle, pair skating, ice dancing and team synchronized skating.
The style of competition, as well as the movements and techniques of the skaters, vary for each category. Figure skating has become one of the most popular sports at the Winter Olympics.
Freestyle skiing: It is a ski discipline including jumps, bumps, cross, half-pipe, slopestyle and big air as part of the Winter Olympics.
It can be a skier performing aerial jumps and spins, and can include skiers sliding rails and boxes on their skis. Known as “hot-dogging” in the early 1970s, it is also commonly referred to as freeskiing and jibbing, along with many other names around the world.
It was first presented in 1988 and has been part of the Winter Olympics program since 1992.
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