Your Guide to Sochi Snow Sport Terminology

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From a backside double cork nose grab to the double McTwist—sometimes, it’s hard to keep up with all the snow sports jargon. But if there’s one thing you should know, it’s that terminology at the winter games isn’t just about the fastest time down the slopes or scoring the most goals. Style points count, especially in snowboarding.

To enhance your viewing pleasure, we put together a lists of most interesting terms (and what they mean) to keep you in the loop while watching this year’s Winter Olympics.

From a backside double cork nose grab to the double McTwist—sometimes, it’s hard to keep up with all the snow sports jargon. But if there’s one thing you should know, it’s that terminology at the winter games isn’t just about the fastest time down the slopes or scoring the most goals. Style points count, especially in snowboarding.

To enhance your viewing pleasure, we put together a lists of most interesting terms (and what they mean) to keep you in the loop while watching this year’s Winter Olympics.

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