Competitors blast safety of snowboard, freestyle courses

Competitors and coaches blasted Sochi`s Olympic snowboarding and freestyle courses as "retarded" and "far from perfect" as a fresh series of spectacular crashes marred the events on Tuesday.

Snowboarders to launch Sochi gold rush

Action in the Winter Olympics starts in earnest on Saturday with five gold medals up for grabs, opening with the new Games discipline of snowboard slopestyle and concluding around midnight with the floodlit women`s moguls.

Godfather of snowboarding Tom Sims dies at 61

Hailed as the godfather of snowboarding, Tom Sims who even stunt-doubled as James Bond on the slopes, passed away on Wednesday. He was 61.