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12 words you need to know for snowboarding

The 2014 Winter Olympic Games are underway, and we are celebrating this season of sport in the best way we know how: with words.

For the duration of the Games, we are featuring terminology from many of this year’s competed sports. Today’s wordlist primer focuses on:

Snowboarding

Snowboarding made its first appearance at the Winter Olympics in 1998, after over 30 years of growing interest as a competitive sport. It has inherited both athletic and linguistic elements from its older cousins on land, sea, and snow—skateboarding, surfing, and skiing, respectively. Here are 12 words you need to know:

big air (n.) – a high jump off the ground

deck (n.) – the flat part of a snowboard

fakie (n.) – a movement in which the snowboard is ridden backwards

half-pipe (n.) – a channel cut into the snow with a U-shaped cross section, used by snowboarders to perform jumps and other manoeuvres

hand plant (n.) – a jump or other manoeuvre involving the use of a hand to push away from a surface

nollie (n.) – a jump performed without the aid of a take-off ramp, executed by pressing the foot down on the nose of the snowboard

ollie (n.) – a jump performed without the aid of a take-off ramp, executed by pressing the foot down on the tail of the snowboard to rebound the deck off the ground

piste (n.) – a ski or snowboarding run of compacted snow

slide (n.) – a manoeuvre in which the board slides along an obstacle such as a rail or the edge of a ramp

stack (v.) – to fall over

terrain park (n.) – a specially designed outdoor area for snowboarding, containing a variety of ramps, jumps, etc.

vert (n.) – a vertical or very steeply sloping part of a ramp, used by snowboarders to perform jumps and other manoeuvres