Sochi 2014: A beginner's guide to the snowboard events

The sport in brief

There are five diverse events each for men and women. Slopestyle and halfpipe are judged disciplines, where big jumps, tricks and style are king.

Parallel slalom and parallel giant slalom have more in common with alpine ski racing, while snowboard cross - a race down a bump-laden course - somewhat bridges the divide.

A knockout format is used in all events.

Snowboard Slopestyle

Sochi: Guide to snowboard slopestyle

British prospects

Great Britain have been set a target of one to two medals across the snowboard and freestyle skiing events.

Former acrobat Billy Morgan ended last season second in the slopestyle world rankings.

Fellow slopestyler Jenny Jones is a three-time X Games gold medallist and Zoe Gillings has won multiple World Cup medals in the snowboard cross.

Shaun White performs the double McTwist

Sochi 2014: Guide to snowboard halfpipe

Global gold-getters

Winter Olympic stars don't get bigger than Shaun White - and a third consecutive halfpipe gold medal is his aim.

Torah Bright will defend her halfpipe title. The Australian will also become the first athlete to compete in three snowboard disciplines at a single Winter Olympics by riding in the slopestyle and snowboard cross competitions.

What's new for Sochi 2014?

There are two new events: parallel slalom, in which competitors go head-to-head down adjacent courses, and slopestyle, which involves trying to impress the judges with tricks on a course of man-made jumps, rails and boxes.

Snowboard cross races will have six riders rather than the four they had in Vancouver, making thrills and spills more likely.

Austrian Marion Kreiner in snowboard parallel slalom action

Sochi 2014: Guide to snowboard parallel slalom

Pub bore

Snowboarding legend Shaun White's band Bad Things released their self-titled debut album on 21 January this year.

Previous British medallists

Total: None

Highest position: Eighth (Zoe Gillings; snowboard cross, 2010)