How snowboarding is scored

Updated: January 29, 2010, 5:47 PM ET
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How snowboarding is scored in the Olympics:


Halfpipe was brought to the Olympics in 1998. Finalists are given scores by five judges, all grading their overall impression of the performance, looking for elements such as the smoothness of the run, the height of the jumps and the difficulty of the tricks. They each award scores up to 10, which means a total of 50 is the best possible. The riders get two runs each, and the better score from two runs counts.



In snowboardcross, introduced with thrilling results at Turin, Italy, in 2006, 32 riders are seeded based on qualifying times they post during individual runs at the beginning of the day. Then, they hold elimination races in four-person groups, with the best seeds getting to choose their starting position -- inside, outside, or one of the two middle spots -- for each race. They knock two out of each race until only four are left, and the final race determines gold, silver and bronze.



In parallel giant slalom, first run in 1998, 16 riders are seeded based on qualifying times, much as in snowboardcross. They race in a series of elimination races, but on separate, side-by-side courses. To make things as fair as possible, both riders go on each course and the winner is whoever has the best total time from the two runs. Riders advance until only two are left. They race in the "Big Final," for the gold and silver medal, and runners-up from semifinals race in the "Small Final" for the bronze.

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