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Women's parallel giant slalom, parallel slalom

Patrizia Kummer of Switzerland celebrates during the Parallel Slalom race of the FIS Snowboard World Cup. (Expa/EPA Photo)
Patrizia Kummer of Switzerland celebrates during the Parallel Slalom race of the FIS Snowboard World Cup. (Expa/EPA Photo) (EXPA / JFK / EPA)

WOMEN'S PARALLEL GIANT SLALOM

When: Feb. 19.

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Best of the U.S.: No qualifiers.

Best of the rest: Top contenders are Patrizia Kummer of Switzerland, Amelie Kober of Germany and Nicolien Sauerbreij of the Netherlands, who won gold in 2010 in Vancouver.

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U.S. chances to medal: None.

Little-known fact: Snowboarding is the family business for the Sauerbreijes. Nicolien is coached by her father, and her sister also is a professional snowboarder.

WOMEN'S PARALLEL SLALOM

When: Feb. 22.

Best of the U.S.: No qualifiers.

Best of the rest: Patrizia Kummer of Switzerland, Amelie Kober and Isabella Labock of Germany and Ester Ledecke of the Czech Republic.

U.S. chances to medal: None.

Little-known fact: Another event making its debut at the Sochi Olympics. These snowboards are longer, stiffer and narrower than the boards that are used, for instance, in halfpipe events.

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