Teacher Guide To the Winter Olympics
By dividing into three categories, the events found in the Winter Olympics can be clearly identified and briefly defined. The Winter Olympics have become an overall large major sporting event in the history of winter sports.
There are a variety of snow-based events found in the Winter Olympics that can thrill any audience throughout the Winter Olympics season. Four of these are defined here.
The Biathlon is basically two sports in one, and these are rifle shooting and skiing cross-country. There are different distances and different numbers of targets for every portion of the biathlon, which in itself is subdivided into relay, sprint, individual, and pursuit categories.
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Combined downhill skiing is a combination of slalom and downhill runs that are a shorter distance but speed is a key factor. Cross-country skiing, on the other hand can range in distances from five to about 50 kilometer runs with many natural obstacles along the way. The times are recorded and the fastest run wins.
Ski jumping is basically skiing down a slope without poles, and trying for the longest jump. It is basically a winter version of the long jump except relatively more dangerous. The snow events found in the Winter Olympics are designed for excitement and fun all at the same time.
There are also track events that are fun to watch as well. One of them is bobsleighing or bobsledding, which are categorized into four-man and two-man events. This is basically another speed race where timing is important and the risks are high as the runway gets more difficult.
Another one of the track events found in the Winter Olympics is the luge, which also uses a sled but has no set runway, only a slope and the concept is still speed on ice. Controlling a free-sliding sled takes a lot more skill and technique as the competition categories are individual as well as two-man.
Last but not least in the track events is the skeleton, where it is a one-man sled that goes down the sled runway head first. This is a very challenging and dangerous version of the regular bobsleigh event.
The final set of events is the skating rink events. These events are relatively more varied than just basing winners on speed. Figure skating, ice hockey, speed skating, ice dancing, and curling are only some of these featured events for the rink category.
Although relatively complete when it comes to events to cover the winter season, the Winter Olympics have developed many other events that continue to entertain audiences and pose creative challenges to participants. The events found in the Winter Olympics are truly ones to keep watching as the years go by, especially for those who wish to participate in these types of sports someday.
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