Snowboarding, XX Winter Olympic Games Torino 2006
In the first two qualification runs, the athletes compete individually, then the 32 athletes with the best times are admitted to the finals and compete in turns of four riders. The first two athletes to reach the finishing line in each turn proceed to the next stage, until the winners and the final rank are established.
- A snowboard, boots specific for riding
this snowboard, bindings to attach their boots to this board, as well as winter clothing.
- Boards: The snowboards used in the different disciplines come in different styles. Longer boards achieve higher speed and stability, shorter boards turn easier and are more suited for freestyle jumps. A flexible board can carve in tighter curves, but begins to wobble at higher speeds. Flexibility is generally determined by the board construction.
- Bindings: There are two different categories of binding for use with two different kinds of boots, soft boots and hard shell boots. The most commonly used type are soft boot bindings, in the form of strap-in, step-in or the Flow system. Most recreational users and all freestyle riders use these. Plate bindings are for use with hard shell boots, generally on an alpine or race board. Alpine racers, extreme carvers and some Boarder Cross racers use these.
- Boots: Snowboard boots come in two main types, soft boots and hard boots. Soft boots have similarities to winter boots and a relatively comfortable, flexible feel that provides the forgiveness necessary for landing jumps and balancing on rails. Generally, hard boots are used for alpine carving and racing, whereas soft boots are used in freestyle and freeride.