In the quest for a larger global audience, the organizers of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, have embraced more outrageous (and hazardous) sports. Here are the ones you'll want to watch and why they will make this games the most entertaining in ages.
Snowboard halfpipe debuted in 1998 and went on to become the second-most-watched event at the Winter Olympics. Adding the ski event was a no-brainer. "Ski halfpipe could become more popular than snowboarding halfpipe," says Steele Spence. "Skiing looks more accessible and relatable to people."
What to watch for: Ski halfpipe will take place at the same venue as the snowboard event – with 600-foot-long, 22-foot-high walls – and the double cork 1,260 is the trick that will separate gold medalists from the rest. (It's a progression of Shaun White's double cork in 2010.) "It's the trick to beat," says Steele.
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