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Watch for these 12 new events at Winter Games

Twelve winter sports events (three mixed events, four men's events and five women's events) will make their debuts on the Olympic program in Sochi. Some look as if they took a page out of the X Games, while others bring women into sports traditionally reserved for men. Here's what to look out for:

Biathlon mixed relay – Mixed

Teams will comprise of two men and two women. Women will open the relay, completing the first two 6km legs. The men then complete the next two 7.5km legs.

Figure skating team event – Mixed

Featuring teams made up of six skaters – one male, one female, one pair and one ice dance couple. Points will be awarded for each routine and the team with the highest number of aggregate points will win gold.

Luge team relay – Mixed

Each nation will field a men's singles sled, a doubles sled and a women's singles sled. All three will slide down the track, one after another, with the clock stopping only after the third sled has crossed the finish line.

Ski halfpipe – Men's and Women's

Each athlete will perform an array of big airs and other tricks in the halfpipe before being judged on technical execution, amplitude, variety, difficulty and use of pipe.

Ski slopestyle – Men's and Women's

Skiers combine airs and tricks on a 565m course featuring rails and a variety of jumps before being scored on execution, style, difficulty, variety and progression.

Snowboard slopestyle – Men's and Women's

Athletes will be scored after descending a 655m course consisting of rails and a variety of jumps, as they combine big airs and technical tricks into one run.

Snowboard parallel slalom – Men's and Women's

Riders will race two at a time down the same slope on two parallel courses, outlined with gates and triangular flags.

Women's ski jumping – Women's

The women's normal hill event will mark the first time that women will compete in ski jumping at the Winter Games.

Watch for these 12 new events at Winter Games 02/04/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 11:30am]
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