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Snowboarders launched Sochi Olympics with slopestyle competition

February 06, 13:52 UTC+4 6
Alexey Sobolev, the only Russian competing in slopestyle, finished in 10th place out of 15 athletes snowboarding in the first heat
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Russia's Alexey Sobolev after finishing his second run during the Men‘s Snowboard Slopestyle qualification at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
Russia's Alexey Sobolev after finishing his second run during the Men‘s Snowboard Slopestyle qualification at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
Russia's Alexey Sobolev after finishing his second run during the Men‘s Snowboard Slopestyle qualification at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
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Maxence Parrot of Canada during his first run in heat two of the Men‘s Snowboard Slopestyle qualification at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
Maxence Parrot of Canada during his first run in heat two of the Men‘s Snowboard Slopestyle qualification at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
Maxence Parrot of Canada during his first run in heat two of the Men‘s Snowboard Slopestyle qualification at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
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Jan Scherrer of Switzerland during his first run in heat two of the Men‘s Snowboard Slopestyle qualification at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
Jan Scherrer of Switzerland during his first run in heat two of the Men‘s Snowboard Slopestyle qualification at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
Jan Scherrer of Switzerland during his first run in heat two of the Men‘s Snowboard Slopestyle qualification at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
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Sven Thorgren of Sweden during his first run in heat two of the Men‘s Snowboard Slopestyle qualification at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
Sven Thorgren of Sweden during his first run in heat two of the Men‘s Snowboard Slopestyle qualification at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
Sven Thorgren of Sweden during his first run in heat two of the Men‘s Snowboard Slopestyle qualification at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
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Gjermund Braaten of Norway during his first run in heat two of the Men‘s Snowboard Slopestyle qualification at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
Gjermund Braaten of Norway during his first run in heat two of the Men‘s Snowboard Slopestyle qualification at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
Gjermund Braaten of Norway during his first run in heat two of the Men‘s Snowboard Slopestyle qualification at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
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Seamus O'Connor of Ireland finishes his second run during heat two of the Men‘s Snowboard Slopestyle qualification at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
Seamus O'Connor of Ireland finishes his second run during heat two of the Men‘s Snowboard Slopestyle qualification at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
Seamus O'Connor of Ireland finishes his second run during heat two of the Men‘s Snowboard Slopestyle qualification at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
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Ryan Stassel of the US reacts after his first run during heat two of the Men‘s Snowboard Slopestyle qualification at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
Ryan Stassel of the US reacts after his first run during heat two of the Men‘s Snowboard Slopestyle qualification at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
Ryan Stassel of the US reacts after his first run during heat two of the Men‘s Snowboard Slopestyle qualification at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
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Adrian Krainer of Austria reacts after his first run during heat two of the Men‘s Snowboard Slopestyle qualification at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
Adrian Krainer of Austria reacts after his first run during heat two of the Men‘s Snowboard Slopestyle qualification at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
Adrian Krainer of Austria reacts after his first run during heat two of the Men‘s Snowboard Slopestyle qualification at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
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Sage Kotsenburg of the US reacts after his second run during heat two of the Men‘s Snowboard Slopestyle qualification at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
Sage Kotsenburg of the US reacts after his second run during heat two of the Men‘s Snowboard Slopestyle qualification at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
Sage Kotsenburg of the US reacts after his second run during heat two of the Men‘s Snowboard Slopestyle qualification at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
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Sage Kotsenburg of the US reacts after his second run during heat two of the Men‘s Snowboard Slopestyle qualification at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
Sage Kotsenburg of the US reacts after his second run during heat two of the Men‘s Snowboard Slopestyle qualification at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
Sage Kotsenburg of the US reacts after his second run during heat two of the Men‘s Snowboard Slopestyle qualification at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
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Roope Tonteri of Finland reacts after his second run during heat two of the Men‘s Snowboard Slopestyle qualification at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
Roope Tonteri of Finland reacts after his second run during heat two of the Men‘s Snowboard Slopestyle qualification at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
Roope Tonteri of Finland reacts after his second run during heat two of the Men‘s Snowboard Slopestyle qualification at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
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Seamus O'Connor of Ireland reacts after his second run during heat two of the Men‘s Snowboard Slopestyle qualification at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
Seamus O'Connor of Ireland reacts after his second run during heat two of the Men‘s Snowboard Slopestyle qualification at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
Seamus O'Connor of Ireland reacts after his second run during heat two of the Men‘s Snowboard Slopestyle qualification at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
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A spectator watches the Men‘s Snowboard Slopestyle qualification at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
A spectator watches the Men‘s Snowboard Slopestyle qualification at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
A spectator watches the Men‘s Snowboard Slopestyle qualification at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
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SOCHI, February 6. /ITAR-TASS/. With less than a day left before the official opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Games in Russia’s Sochi, snowboarders clashed in their Olympic competition hitting the trail at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park in men’s slopestyle qualifiers on Thursday.

The qualifiers consisted of two heats and in each one of them slopestylers had two runs. Eight snowboarders, four out of each heat, were qualified straight to the final, while the rest will continue their competition for the Olympic victory in the semifinals.

Alexey Sobolev, the only Russian competing in slopestyle, finished in 10th place out of 15 athletes snowboarding in the first heat. Judges awarded the 22-year-old snowboarder with 63 points in the second run and he qualified for the semifinals.

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The four snowboarders, who after the first heat qualified straight to the final, are Staale Sandbech of Norway, Peetu Piiroinen of Finland, Sebastien Toutant of Canada and Jamie Nicholls from Great Britain.

The second heat of the qualifiers, which included 14 slopestylers, saw Maxence Parrot of Canada, Roope Tonteri of Finland, Sven Thorgren of Sweden and Norway’s Gjermund Braaten qualifying for the final.

The Olympic final and the semifinals in men’s slopestyle, which is the new event to the Winter Olympics starting this year, are scheduled for Saturday and it will be the first medal event at the current Olympics.

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