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WATCH the world's best snowboarders compete in Halfpipe at the Mountain Dew Tour at Copper Mountain in Colorado.
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HOW HALFPIPES ARE MADE
The snowboarding halfpipe made its Olympic debut in 1998, and has since helped snowboarding to become one of the world's most watched sports.
WATCH Shaun White is back in the pipe and landed in 4th at the Land Rover U.S. Grand Prix!
TONG TONG WINS!
Two-time world champion Cai Xuetong of China, aka "Tong Tong," claims victory in the U.S. Grand Prix women's snowboard halfpipe at Copper Mountain
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HISTORY: Modern snowboarding began in 1965 when Sherman Poppen, an engineer in Muskegon, Michigan, invented a toy for his daughters by fastening two skis together, which his wife dubbed the "snurfer" (combining snow and surfer). The toy proved so popular that Poppen licensed the idea to a manufacturer, Brunswick Corporation, who sold nearly a million snurfers over the following decade. Source: Wikipedia
HALFPIPE: By the late 1970's, snowboarders in Tahoe City (Lake Tahoe), California created a one-hit half pipe at the Tahoe-Truckee Sanitation dump. They called it the Tahoe City Pipe. By the early 1980s, Damian Sanders and Shaun Palmer rode the Donner Quarter Pipe. But it wasn't until 1983, that Tom Sims organized the first World Championship halfpipe competition at Soda Springs, California. By 1986, when the World Championship contest moved from Soda Springs, California to Breckenridge, Colorado. And that's when the sport took off. By the 1990s, halfpipe building reached the machine age when Doug Waugh, a farm-machinery mechanic from Colorado unveiled his Pipe Dragon.
OLYMPICS: It was first included in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. Shaun White won this event in 2018, 2010, and 2006. Iouri Podladtchikov from Switzerland won in 2014. Ayumu Hirano, from Japan took silver in 2018 and 2014.