10 Olympic Firsts From The Sochi Winter Games

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We knew that the Sochi games would feature the debut of several new events, but no one could have predicted the number of tricks that would be pulled off in competition for the first time. Here are the never-seen-before tricks that have made the games so memorable.

1. Cab Double Cork Holy Crail, Men’s Slopestyle Snowboarding
American Sage Kotsenburg’s three and a half spins trick, topped off with a behind the back and nose grab, had never been landed in a major competition. Neither had his 1620 Japan Air, a four-and-a-half spin maneuver with a nose grab. He won maybe the least contested gold of the games.

2. Quad-Twisting Triple Somersault, Women’s Aerials
Vancouver gold medalist Lydia Lassila became the first ever women’s skier to attempt a quad-twisting triple somersault in competition. If she pulls it off, she’ll likely win. If she doesn’t, the landing may hurt a lot.


3. 1080, Women’s Slopestyle Snowboarding
Swiss rider Sina Candrian’s 1080 was the first ever landed by a woman in a slopestyle contest. Gold medalist Jamie Anderson didn’t even attempt one. Candrian would have received more points for the rare trick if she hadn’t dragged her hand on the landing.

4. YOLO Flip, Men’s Halfpipe Snowboarding
Gold medalist Iouri Podladtchikov’s own invention, the YOLO – two flips with four full rotations – had never been landed at an Olympic event. During the competition, Shaun White and I-Pod landed the trick. The Russian-born swiss boarders was much cleaner – hence the hardwear.

5. Triple Cork, Men’s Halfpipe Skiing
The Americans who swept the podium – Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper – all landed stylized versions of a triple cork (three back flips while rotating), a trick first attempted at the January Winter X Games.

6. Quad Toeloop, Men’s Figure Skating
Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu puts together a technical routine that included a quad toeloop, triple axel, and triple lutz-triple toeloop combination and got a 101.45 for his troubles. That’s a new record score for the men’s short program.

7. Ted Ligety’s New Technique, Men’s Alpine Skiing
The ski racer has earned multiple World Cup and world championship titles for his technique of flying around the gates with his body leaning so low to the ground that his hip actually touches the snow, but this is the first Games to feature the new side cut GS skis that allow “Mr. GS” to get even lower.

8. A Tie, Women’s Downhill Skiing
It came down to the last hundredth of a second, but Switzerland’s Dominique Gisin and Slovenia’s Tina Maze managed the first ever draw in Olympic alpine history.

9. 1080, Women’s Slopestyle Snowboarding
Kelly Clark’s 1080 is the only female boarder to regularly attempt this trick and the veteran’s gamble paid off as she took bronze behind gold medalist Kaitlyn Farrington and silver medalist Torah Bright. She was the first woman to ever land it in the pipe three years ago at the X Games and became the first to ever throw down at the Games.

10. Nose-Butter Triple Cork, Men’s Slopestyle Skiing
Dreadlocked Henrik Harlaut of Sweden threw his signature nose-butter triple cork 1620 – four and a half spins and three flips – for the first time in the Games after finally landing the stunt at the X Games. Unfortunately, he didn’t stop it and his pants fell off so he wasn’t rewarded for his troubles.

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