The Olympic halfpipe at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park will be seeing some heavy action starting February 11. PHOTO: Mark Epstein

Sochi 2014 Olympic judging, slopestyle and halfpipe formats explained

 

Even after riders make it to Sochi it’s still a long road to the podium. Here’s a quick look at how the contests formats and judging will work.

Slope and pipe format

There are three rounds of competition before anyone picks up a medal. In qualifiers, the top six riders automatically advance to the finals. The remaining riders fight for the other six spots in semifinals. From there 12 riders make the finals where the best of two runs counts. Got it?

Slope and pipe judging

Riders are scored on a 100-point system. This is a change from the 2010 Olympics where riders were judged on a 10-point system.

There are eight judges total: one head judge, an assistant head judge, and six scoring judges. The highest and lowest scores from the judges are disregarded and the four middle scores are averaged.

With overall judging the judges consider amplitude, difficulty, execution, variety, course use, progression, risk taking, and combinations.

TWSNOW lands in Sochi on February 4. Stay tuned for full coverage of the slopestyle and halfpipe events, plus daily blogs.

Rider outlooks and potential downfalls coming soon.

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