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Snowboarding - Boardercross

The object of boardercross is pretty simple - first one down the mountain wins. Boarders race each other down an obstacle course where they'll hit nasty turns, big air and maybe even each other.

The ultimate winner of an event is decided through elimination rounds with the top two finishers in each four or six-boarder heat moving on to the next round - the rest pick up their board and go home. "The key to winning is being the first one out of the gates," says Drew Nielson, who is one of the top-ranked riders on the FIS Boardercross Tour. "It can be tough because you never know what the other riders are gonna do. They could accidently clip you and then your race is over, so you have to be careful how aggressively you race and when you decide to pass," adds Drew.

Boardercross is great for the spectator because the races are so fast and there's always good wipeouts as riders try to maneuver around tight turns and pass each other in mid-air. Despite the excitement of boardercross, you won't catch the sport at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. "Boardercross isn't ready. It's too young and the standards aren't high enough yet. There's still lots of wipeouts and knockdowns which could give the sport a black mark if it were at the Olympics now," says Drew. Boarder cross may make it to the Olympics as a demonstration sport in 2006 or 2010 - but for now the biggest event for boardercrossers is the Winter X-Games which run from January 17 - 20, 2002 in Aspen, Colorado.

Racing boardercross is a great way to learn how to make tight turns, control your speed and stay balanced on your board. You may spend some time eating snow along the way but that's what makes the sport so fun. Most good ski hills have boarder cross programs for kids, so be sure to ask next time you're up at the mountain.

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unicornsrule626
"rainbowpoptart" wrote:I hate to be that person who pulls out the dictionary, buuuuut let's look at the definitions for sport (athleticism wise).competitive physical activity: an individual or group competitive activity involving physical exertion or skill, governed by rules, and sometimes engaged in professionallyDoes cheerleading fit under this definition? Yes.pastime: an active pastime participated in for pleasure or exercise Oh look, cheerleading fits under this definition too.Being a cheerleader requires a certain amount of physical fitness. You need to be strong, flexible, and energetic, which are all things not everyone has.It is a form of exercise and entertainment.It is a sport.Is one variant more challenging than the other? Yes, but that does not devalue anything.Not everyone is going to be able to understand the difficulties cheerleaders go through, and that's perfectly fine. Every sport is dangerous, some are just more obvious than others. When people are good at what they do, they make things seem easy. very well said! I was a cheerleader for 2 years until  I aged out, but let ,e tell you, they were 2 of the best,sweaty and most fun years I have ever had
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rainbowpoptart
I hate to be that person who pulls out the dictionary, buuuuut let's look at the definitions for sport (athleticism wise). competitive physical activity: an individual or group competitive activity involving physical exertion or skill, governed by rules, and sometimes engaged in professionally Does cheerleading fit under this definition? Yes. pastime: an active pastime participated in for pleasure or exercise  Oh look, cheerleading fits under this definition too. Being a cheerleader requires a certain amount of physical fitness. You need to be strong, flexible, and energetic, which are all things not everyone has. It is a form of exercise and entertainment. It is a sport. Is one variant more challenging than the other? Yes, but that does not devalue anything. Not everyone is going to be able to understand the difficulties cheerleaders go through, and that's perfectly fine. Every sport is dangerous, some are just more obvious than others. When people are good at what they do, they make things seem easy.
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angelover4
CHEERLEADING IS LIKE DANCE GYMNASTICS MIXED TOGETHER WITH WORDS. AND DANCE AND GYMNASTICS ARE CONSIDERED SPORTS.
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angelover4
I BELIVE ITS A SPORT JUST LIKE I THINK GYMNASTICS IS A SPORT.
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