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Sochi 2014 Preview: New Olympic Events
Ski Slopestyle—Men’s and Women’s

This Winter X Games staple has skiers performing tricks on a course packed with features like ramps, rails and other jibs—essentially a “skate park on snow,” in the words of Sochi hopeful Tom Wallisch. Skiers are scored on the following criteria: the execution and style of their moves, the difficulty and risk of their program, variety, amplitude and progression.

X Games champ Nick Goepper, only 19, will be the one to watch in the men’s event, having clinched his Olympic berth in just the second of five qualifying events. On the women’s side, freeskier Devin Logan, 20, has a good shot at medaling in both ski slopestyle and ski halfpipe.