We all know the Olympic games are serious business, which means there are some pretty strict rules Olympic athletes have to follow if they want to become a gold medalist.
in a figure skating routine is considered an "illegal figure skating move" by the International Skating Union. The reason is because the landing is made on two feet instead of one and is not a "real jump." Skater landed the backflip on one foot at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, but the move was still considered illegal and she finished in 10th place.
Each year, the International Skating Union chooses a genre of music for the figure skating short dance. , skaters must use "music with a Rhumba rhythm plus any number of the following Latin American dance rhythms: samba, mambo, meringue, salsa, bachata, and any closely related Latin American or Caribbean rhythms."
It's completely legal to in Olympic hockey games. However, if the player is kicking it towards the goal, the puck must come in with an attacking player's stick before going into the goal.
You probably won't see any political protests at the Olympic Village. prevent the Games from being used as "a platform for protests, demonstrations or the promotion of political, religious or racial propaganda." While it is not intended to stifle public debate, the International Olympic Committee says that the games should stay focused on the sport.
There are about what athletes, coaches, and other officials can post on social media during the Olympic games. Content cannot "intrude upon the privacy of others, interfere with competitions or ceremonies, or violate security measures." But we're guessing most of the Olympic athletes won't be spending too much time on Facebook.
— also known as the crazy sport where people hurl themselves head-first down an icy runway — mandates that while athletes must cross the finish line on their sled, they are allowed to leave their sled earlier in the run to push or move it, if necessary.
is crazy enough by itself. It basically consists of a cross-country ski race where the skiers are also target shooting with rifles. If a skier misses a shot, they have to ski a penalty loop near the exit of the shooting range.
For the Olympics, it is required that there be both manual and automatic timekeeping systems for the . The reasoning behind this is that if the automatic systems fail, times can still be determined using the manual system (which is really just people with stopwatches).
If you're a bobsledder, the for the sled including the crew, runners, and other equipment is 860 pounds for a 2-man bobsled, 1,389 pounds for a 4-man bobsled, and 717 pounds for women's bobsled. For , there is no maximum weight, and competitors can use ballasts to increase their weight.
Unlike NHL games, the rarely see fights break out on the ice. The reports that there have only been eight Olympic hockey fights since 1960. But, if there is a fight, it's better to be the one swinging second, as a player who retaliates (instead of instigating) will only get put in the box for 2 minutes.
While other sledding events, like bobsled and skeleton, allow men and women to compete on the same track for the same distance, . The men's route is about .84 miles while the women's route is .75 miles.
Curling is a somewhat complicated sport with lots of rules. Basically, the goal of is to score points by sliding eight curling stones down a sheet of ice with the aim of getting as many of your stones closer to the target area than your opponent.
No stones in the can be removed from play until the first four stones have come to a rest. This rule was enacted in 1991 because teams would just knock each other's stones away, resulting in low-scoring games that were pretty boring to watch.
The 2018 Olympics will be the first one to feature . On each run, riders have one shot to land one of their biggest or most difficult tricks on an enormous jump. They each get to take three runs, and the scores from their two best runs are added together.
But here's the strange rule: in order for it to qualify, they have to spin their tricks in different directions on those two runs. We're dizzy just thinking about it!
There's saying that women can't compete in a nordic combined event, which combines ski jumping and cross-country skiing. But women have never competed in the sport at an Olympic Winter Games. Time for a change, we think.