News about the Summer and Winter Games
Snowboard cross combines the skills of slalom and halfpipe, with competitors racing down a varied terrain of gates, moguls, jumps and banked turns. This pack-style speed race is conducted in heats with four racers vying to be the first down the hill. U.S. medal winners Seth Wescott and Lindsey Jacobellis explain their racing strategies.
The U.S. will contend for medals in several Olympics sledding events, including possible gold for the four-man bobsled team led by driver Steve Holcomb, the current world champion. His No. 1 team uses a high-tech black sled known as the Night Train. In women’s two-man bobsled, 2006 silver medalist Shauna Rohbock heads a deep U.S. team.
California’s own Shaun White rakes in the superlatives: huge air, fresh tricks, stylish moves. White exels at inventing and perfecting new tricks. White developed half a dozen challenging new tricks at a private halfpipe built for him by sponsor Red Bull in Silverton, Colo. The must-do trick of the season: the double cork.