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TheActiveTimes: New Olympic Events for 2014

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Snowboard Parallel Special Slalom

Special Slalom snowboarding—negotiating around flags on a downhill course—is said to be trickier than its giant slalom cousin because of its tighter flag spacings. Giant slalom snowboarding is already part of the Winter Olympic Games, and was put on the map by the likes of Canadian Ross Rebagliati, the first snowboarder to win a gold medal in giant slalom at the 1998 Winter Olympics.

Parallel slalom is a race between two competitors who must maneuver more closely spaced flags than on a giant slalom course, which is usually also a longer one.

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