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Sochi Olympics Trivia You Can Show Off

By Marisa Lascala - 2014-02-07T17:03:57Z

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Meet the New Sports (And One You Won't See)

Countries aren't the only ones making their Winter Olympic debuts in Sochi. This year also sees the premiere of 12 new events: men's and women's competitions in ski halfpipe, ski slopestyle, snowboard slopestyle, and snowboard parallel slalom, along with women's ski jumping, biathlon mixed relay, team figure skating, and luge team relay.

But there's one event you won't see in the official competition in Sochi: bandy, a sport that was not accepted by the IOC this year despite its recognition of the sport. Bandy is like a cross between ice hockey and soccer. It involves a team of 11 players skating on an ice rink and using curved sticks to get a small ball into the opposing team's goal. The ice field is bigger than a hockey rink, however, and full-body checking isn't allowed. It's surprising that bandy won't be an event in Sochi, because Russia is currently the reigning champions in the sport, beating out Sweden 4 to 3 at the Bandy World Championships in 2013.

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