Olympics

By: Cielo Nava-Ovalle & Mafe Moncada

Snowboarding

According to historical records, the first ancient Olympics games can be traced back to 776 BC. They were dedicated to the Olympian gods and were stage on the ancient plains of Olympia.b They continued for nearly snowboarding.

History of Snowboarding

In 1964 a young surf freak called Sherman Poppen was dreaming about surfing the magic winter landscape of the Rockies. As a consequence, he built a surfboard for the snow. His first prototype was an about 1,20 m long plastic plank: two kids' skis bolted together. It was a present for his daughter Wendy which soon was a winner in the neighbourhood.

For the unbeatable price of $15, one million snurfers were sold in the 10 years following, and Mr. Poppen soon began to establish a competition series. But the snurfer as a mass phenomenon disappeared as quickly as he had emerged from the white surf of the Rockies. Nothing else but the vague memory of an uncontrollable toy stayed in most people's minds. It was close to be the end of a fantastic idea - surfing the winter mountains -if there wouldn't have been blokes like Dimitrije Milovich or Jake Burton Carpenter.


After several decades as an alternative sport lacking the prestige of traditional winter pursuits, snowboarding was officially added to the Olympics for the Nagano games in 1998. The skill originated in the United States and was influenced by summer activities, such as skateboarding and motocross, just as much as the winter events with which it shares the slopes.Skipping the process of demonstration status, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) wisely realized the public's demand for this sport was increasingly popular. 1997 saw the first "Winter X Games" and many athletes could make a natural transition to participating in similar Olympic events.The first games in 1998 saw the inclusion of four snowboarding medal events, including men's and women's halfpipe and men's and women's giant slalom.

Did you know………..

  • 17.3% of snowboarders are ages 7-11

  • 23% of snowboarders are women

  • One of every four snowboarders is aged 25 to 44

  • 5.5 million people participate in snowboarding

  • 24% of the snow sports population are snowboarders

  • An estimated 80% of children who participate in winter sports will have ridden a snowboard by their 12th birthday

  • Snowboarding is among the fastest growing sports in the United States

Fitness Benefits and/or Muscles Used

  • Snowboarding uses a variety of muscles including the hamstrings and quadriceps to guide the board, start it in motion and to stop.