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THE OPENING ceremony for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics is just around the corner, and final details are hurriedly being worked out in Whistler and venue attractions throughout the Vancouver region.
Americans have dominated Olympic snowboarding since it debuted in 1998 at Nagano, Japan, and have expectations soaring high ahead of the Winter Olympics.
“We are going in to the 2010 Games with one of the strongest athletic lineups possible,” US Snowboarding coach Peter Foley told news agencies on Wednesday . “We’re hoping to go into Vancouver and build on the successes we saw in 2006. This team is in position to do great things.”
Reigning snowboardcross champion Wescott will be joined by five-time X Games champion Nate Holland, 2006 Olympian Graham Watanabe and newcomer Nick Baumgartner.
Lindsey Jacobellis, who settled for silver at the 2006 Olympics, returns to the women’s snowboardcross lineup as a favorite, joined by Olympic newcomers Faye Gulini and Callan Chythlook-Sifsof.
Vancouver International Airport will be the first stop for more than 230,000 Olympics-bound athletes, officials, coaches, support teams and out-of-town visitors, and it is taking its role as the city’s front door very seriously. All private aircraft heading to Vancouver will have to land in a “gateway” airport before going to Vancouver.
Thorough security screenings and searches will be done at the gateways and the aircraft must go nonstop to Vancouver from there.
Customs will be cleared on the ramp at Vancouver International and no one will be allowed to leave their aircraft until after the customs check.
Before you purchase your initial snow board you need to see what kind you could get. There are many distinct kinds of snow boards, however, the most basic forms are the freestyle, the freeride, the alpine and the all mountain snowboard. The freestyle snow board is a fine decision for the beginning snowboarder because it is more stable and wider than the other variations. It is also lighter, shorter and has a softer flex. If you must be primarily performing tricks in halfpipes and terrain parks then the freestyle is the ideal snow board.
The freeride is the most well known snow board and it is fine for riding on the mountain, park and halfpipe. It can carve, catch air and will float well in a powder surface. Basically it is fine for all riding variations, however, it is made to ride in one direction. Be aware that it is not as stable or agile as some of the other boards. The alpine board, also referred to as the carving or race board, is narrower than the original two because it is made for going at high speeds and allows the rider to do quick, clean turns and carves.
This board is also meant to go in only one direction and is not designed for doing tricks. Additionally, it would be difficult for a beginning rider to operate. The all mountain boards do exactly what they say, which is to perform nicely in a variety of terrain conditions and a vast array of riding varieties. This is a excellent do-it-all board that can be a great decision for the rider who likes to do different activities.