What New Events Are in the Sochi Winter Olympics?

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Female athletes will finally take off in Sochi.

Citing a lack of participants and controversial notion that the female body wasn't strong enough for ski jumping, the International Olympic Committee wouldn't allow women to compete.

But after years of campaigning, including a battle in court, female jumpers will be at the Olympics.

Also new at the games - men's and women's slopestyle.
Skiers and snowboarders perform tricks as they slide and flip over obstacles, hoping to impress the judges.

Another new Olympic sport gives skiers a chance to venture where only snowboarders went before...the half pipe.

Other new team sports include...
- A figure skating team event
- A mixed luge relay race
- And a biathlon mixed relay

Ninety-eight medals will be awarded in Sochi...the most in Winter Olympics history.

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