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An Alpine snowboarder executes a heel-side turn
Alpine snowboarding is a discipline within the sport of snowboarding. It is practised on groomed pistes. It has been an Olympic event since 1998.
Alpine snowboarding shares more visual similarities with skiing equipment than it does with snowboarding equipment. Compared to freestyle snowboarding gear:
- boards are narrower, longer, and stiffer to improve carving performance
- boots are made from a hard plastic shell
- bindings have a bail or step-in design and are sometimes placed on suspension plates to provide a layer of isolation between an alpine snowboarder and the board
- Chris Klug - The only person to win an Olympic medal after receiving an organ transplantation.
- Karine Ruby - Two time Olympic medallist (Gold in the Giant Slalom in 1998 and silver in the PGS in 2002).