12 new events debut in Sochi


Maggie Voisin, 15, is the youngest member of the U.S. Olympic team. She’s competing in one of the new events, the freestyle skiing slopestyle. (Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)
February 1

The 2014 Winter Olympics will feature 12 new events, bringing the total to 98 competitions overall. Here’s a peek at what you’ll see for the first time.

Biathlon mixed relay: Two men and two women race against the clock for this team effort that pairs cross-country skiing with target shooting.

Figure skating team event: One male skater, one female skater, one figure skating pair and one ice dance pair from each team will combine points to win the event.

Luge team relay: Women’s singles, men’s singles and men’s doubles will race one after the other for a combined time.

Ski halfpipe men’s and women’s: This daredevil event has skiers performing somersaults and other tricks on a halfpipe slope. Points are earned for difficulty, execution and variety of moves.

Freestyle skiing slopestyle men’s and women’s: Skiers face obstacles, including rails and jumps, and perform tricks while heading down the slope.

Snowboard slopestyle men’s and women’s: A similar event for snowboarders. The variety and execution of tricks and jumps earn points in this event.

Snowboard parallel slalom men’s and women’s: Two athletes race down a hill weaving in and out of gates. Then they switch sides and do it again.

Women’s ski jumping: Athletes get two jumps down a 344-foot hill. Points are awarded for distance and style.

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