Louie Vito at the Copper Grand Prix

Snowboarding 101: Equipment

Snowboards The boards used in freestyle events (halfpipe, slopestyle, big air) are short to allow for tricks, wide to increase balance, and …

Cross-country racers cross a man-made bridge donning Olympic rings during the 2006 Torino Olympic Games

Cross-Country 101: Olympic history

1924 Chamonix Thorleif Haug led a Norwegian sweep of the top four spots in the 50km race, crossing the finish line with a time of 3 hours, 4…

Close up of cross-country skis being carried by athletes at Sochi Olympics

Cross-Country 101: Equipment

Skis Cross-country skiers race on skis just two inches wide. Much thinner than their alpine counterparts where downhill, Super-G, giant slal…

Giant Olympic Rings on cross-country race course in Sochi with skiers racing

Cross-Country 101: Vocabulary from X-C

Classical technique Kick-and-glide cross-country skiing technique distinguished by diagonal stride, keeping the skis parallel to one another…

Team USA men's hockey players at practice in Sochi, Russia

Hockey 101: Vocab of the rink rats

Positions Center Acts as the quarterback of the offensive forwards on the ice.Defense Two defenders make up a defensive line. Defenders help…

Referee tries to break up a fight between Slovenia and Slovakia men's hockey players at 2014 Sochi Olympics

Hockey 101: Penalties and punishments

Duration of Penalties   Minor/Bench-minor penalty Two minutes in the box is required for minor penalties. If the opposition scores a goal on…

Evegeni Malkin shoots the puck against Slovenia at 2014 Sochi Olympics

Hockey 101: Competition Format

The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has their stage set for the men’s and women’s hockey tournaments for the 2018 PyeongChang Oly…