Sports 4 new events set to debut at the Pyeongchang Olympics

13:35  07 february  2018
13:35  07 february  2018 Source:   thestar.com

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While the new events were added to increase participation by women, all four are viewer-friendly. John Morris, left, and Kaitlyn Lawes will represent Canada in Mixed Doubles Curling, a new event . But there is an agenda behind the changes for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics — literally.

With the countdown to PyeongChang 2018 now into its final year, we look ahead to the new events that are set to light up the next Olympic Winter Games. The event made its debut at the FIS World Championships in 2005, with the parallel format being used since 2011.

John Morris, left, and Kaitlyn Lawes will represent Canada in Mixed Doubles Curling, a new event.© John Woods John Morris, left, and Kaitlyn Lawes will represent Canada in Mixed Doubles Curling, a new event.

It’s not unusual for an Olympic program — in Olympic-speak, the list of events competed at each Games — to be tweaked every four years. But there is an agenda behind the changes for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics — literally.

Olympic Agenda 2020 is an International Olympic Committee initiative designed to even the number of men and women competing in each Games. To move toward that goal, four events were added to the 2018 program. While each event was designed to increase participation by women, all four also are viewer-friendly. Here is a rundown:

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The additional events are sure to add a new dimension to PyeongChang 2018, with the emphasis very much on increasing the appeal of the Olympic Winter programme to young The event made its debut at the FIS World Championships in 2005, with the parallel format being used since 2011.

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1. Long-track speedskating

Men’s and women’s mass start, Feb. 24

Yes, it is what you think it is: Twenty-four skaters will line up for the final, in rows of six, and try to find a tactical advantage. No one can pass on the first lap, but it’s every skater for himself (or herself) in the final 15 circuits of the 400-metre oval.

“The best way I could describe it would be NASCAR on ice,” U.S. speedskater Joey Mantia said. “There is bumping. There is drafting. There is strategy … It’s definitely more exciting to watch than standard long-track races.”

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But it’s not just a knock-down, drag-out competition. Throughout the race, there are four intermediate sprints, including one at the end, and points are awarded to the top three finishers in each sprint. So the first three finishers to cross the finish line are not necessarily the gold, silver and bronze medallists, although they get points as well. The skaters with the top three point totals head to the medal stand.

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The field of 24 will be composed of the eight fastest skaters from each of three semifinals. A typical race might be seven minutes 30 seconds for men and a little more than eight minutes for women.

Mass start is not a new format among Winter Olympic sports: Biathlon, cross-country skiing and short-track speedskating also use mass starts. But a mass start long-track speedskating event has been held at just one Olympics, in 1932 in Lake Placid, New York.

2. Curling

Mixed doubles, Feb. 8-13

If you have curled in school or with a club team — or just for fun — you probably competed with both men and women. In Pyeongchang, eight countries will field a team of one man and one woman.

Expect the event to move faster than a typical curling match. The emphasis will be on stone positioning, angles and play in the four-foot circle.

Both teams play five stones each and start every end with a pre-placed stone, meaning the maximum number of points available is six in each end (curling’s equivalent of an inning).

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3. Snowboarding

Men’s and women’s big air, Feb. 23 and 24

This event may help even the gender numbers, but it also has great appeal as an X Games sport. As the name suggests, it’s all about getting height and time to perform intricate moves.

Snowboarders ride down a ramp and launch into the air, performing a single trick before landing. Competitors get three attempts, and they can repeat the same trick or do different ones. Six judges award marks for height, difficulty, style and landing quality. The highest and lowest scores from each run are thrown out, and the remaining scores are added for an average. The two best scores for each competitor are combined to determine a winner.

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The 2018 Winter Olympics , officially known as the XXIII Olympic Winter Games (Korean: 제23회 동계 올림픽, translit. Jeisipsamhoe Donggye Ollimpik) and commonly known as PyeongChang 2018, was an international winter multi-sport event that was held between 9 and 25 February 2018 in

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The big air ramp in Pyeongchang is the highest in the world at about 43 metres and has a 40-degree slope, which gives the athletes longer “hang time.” Big air tricks include a front-side 1080 — perhaps the most difficult in the sport — a backside 1440 and a double cork.

Most of the other snowboarding events will be held at Bokwang Snow Park, but a special ramp was built at Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre to showcase both big air events.

4. Alpine skiing

Mixed team, Feb. 24

The mixed team event is unusual in the very individual world of Alpine skiing.

Sixteen teams will compete in a knockout format. Each will consist of two men and two women, with two others in reserve.

In each race, two athletes from different teams race side-by-side down identical slalom courses. A race takes no more than 25 seconds. The order is woman-man-woman-man. Teams get one point for a win. If competing teams each win two races, the nation with the lowest combined time of the best man and best woman will win the heat.

The event was first held at the 2005 skiing world championships.

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