What are the guidelines and criteria for judging the parallel giant slalom, one of the earliest snowboarding events in the Winter Olympics?
Winter Olympics Snowboarding Parallel Giant slalom: What Are The Rules And Score?
In Nagano in 1998, the first Olympic competition to feature snowboarding, halfpipe was one of two events; the other was parallel giant slalom. At the end of the 2018 Winter Olympics, the parallel giant slalom will be included for the sixth straight year.
But What Exactly is Parallel Giant Slalom, And How Does One Compete in it?
It consists essentially of a head-to-head race between two snowboarders on two parallel tracks. There will be a qualifying stage and then rounds of single-elimination play at the 2018 Games.
Each participant will ride both the blue and red courses once during qualification. When the two timings are combined together, the 16 fastest times will move on to the next round of competition. In the qualifying round, competitors will be going down the course at the same time, but they will not be competing against each other.
Once the top 16 riders have qualified for the knockout stages, they will be seeded according to their times and placed into a bracket. After the Sweet 16 round, the quarterfinals, semis, and finals are all played head-to-head.
Infractions numbering any of the following five will result in automatic disqualification:
- Bad beginning
- During a race, they startle their rival.
- Using the incorrect entrance
- Outside-the-gate turn failure
- Failing to reach the bottom of the run with both feet firmly planted on the board
In 2018, each competitor will have one shot at the track before moving on to face the next competitor in the bracket. The racer with the faster qualifying time will get to pick the track. The first person to cross the finish line progresses, increasing the importance of a faster qualifying time.
There are two medal races at the end: one for gold and one for bronze.
What is Parallel Giant Slalom Snowboarding? (2018)
While other forms of snowboarding freestyle (slopestyle, big air, and halfpipe) allow riders to do tricks on the course, the parallel giant slalom is a timed competition.
At snowboarding competitions, competitors head down a course trying to beat the clock or their rivals.
Therefore, in a parallel giant slalom, competitors compete head-to-head on runs that are side-by-side or, you got it, parallel to one another.
The competition consists of a preliminary round followed by an elimination round featuring the Sweet Sixteen, quarterfinals, semis, and finals, with the winners receiving medals.
When qualifying, racers take one run down each track (blue and red) and average their times. The top 16 finishers overall will move on to the next round of competition.
As a result of the course layout, motorcyclists can achieve speeds of up to 70 kilometres per hour, and the gap between the two courses is only 10-15 metres.
Russian Vic Wild won the men’s parallel giant slalom at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, while Swiss Patrizia Kummer took the top spot in the women’s competition.
On Thursday, February 22 at 10:00 p.m. ET, the women’s giant parallel slalom qualification run will take place in Pyeongchang, while the men’s quals will begin at 10:27 p.m. ET on the same day.
On Saturday, February 24 at 11:00 p.m. ET, the men’s and women’s medal competitions will commence.