Snowboard: Olympics: Dazed And Confused

A whiff of pot smoke and controversy gives evidence of the culture clash between snowboarders and the Games

If you want Vivaldi or Wagner or Lloyd Webber, go figure skating. Snowboarding's sound tracks are different. Last week at the Olympic snowboard park, as riders launched into the air like skateboarders in the 120-m halfpipe course, Pearl Jam and Metallica ruled. Several riders chose as their personal song the rap group Cypress Hill's Hits from the Bong. That was appropriate. The International Olympic Committee had been hoping to create a buzz and draw in a generation of sports fans used to pierced noses when it added snowboarding as a full-medal sport to the Nagano Games. And buzz it did.


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