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The January 2019 Winter Sports Quiz

There’s something magical about playing in the snow whether you are building a snowman, having an epic neighborhood snowball fight, playing in the NHL Winter Classic or the NFL playoffs. In honor of those frosty fingers and windburned faces, the January 2019 Quiz is about winter sports and winter outdoor activities. How much do you know about the sports we watch and play while winter rages?

Answers are on the last page of this issue (Next Month in This Awful Awesome Life February 2019)

Follow the directions given for each category. All answers are in the word bank.


Alpine skiing                                     Speed skiing

Skijoring                                              Free-style skiing

Bandy                                                   Nordic Combined

Mogul skiing                                      Ice fishing

Acroski                                                Broomball

Curling                                                 Speed flying

Ski Archery                                         Telemark skiing

Monoskiing                                        Boardercross

Ice Blocking                                       Snow golf

Luge                                                     Shinny

Ice hockey                                          Snowball fights

Building snowmen                          Speed skating

Biathlon                                               Dogsled racing

Figure skating                                   Kite skiing/Snowkiting

Snow skating                                     Alpine snowboarding

Cross Country skiing                       Skeleton

Tobogganing                                     Slalom

Bobsled                                               Freeskiing

Slopestyle                                           Skiboarding

Snowshoeing                                    Ski jumping


Short-track speed skating

Building snow fortresses/digging snow caves

 Ice skating – Individuals compete against members of their own teams and individuals from other countries in these three ice skating events from the Olympics





__________ This event, formerly known as ski ballet, was regarded as a freestyle skiing discipline until 2000. It was included in the Winter Olympics as a demonstration Sport in 1988 and 1992.

__________ also called downhill skiing, involves sliding down snow covered slopes on skis with fixed-heel bindings.

__________ a winter sport that combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting.

__________ Skiers rely on their own locomotion to move across snowy terrain. It can be a sport, recreational activity or winter mode of transportation.

__________  This skiing discipline, also known as jibbing or free-skiing, is compromised of aerials, moguls, cross, half-pipe and slope style as part of the Winter Olympics.

__________ In this sport, skiers can travel uphill and downhill with any wind direction.

__________ a freestyle skiing competition of one timed run of free skiing on a steep heavily moguled course judged for accuracy of technical turns, aerial maneuvers and speed.

__________  This sport uses a single wide ski and the same boots, bindings and poles as in alpine skiing. Both feet remain facing forward to the direction of travel.

__________ This sport, also known as New school skiing, is a specific type of alpine skiing involving tricks, jumps, and terrain features such as boxes, jibs, rails or other obstacles.

__________ a sport in which athletes compete in cross-country skiing and ski jumping.

__________ a winter sport that combines cross country skiing with shooting a recurve bow.

__________ combines elements of skiing, skating and snow boarding.

__________ a winter sport that combines a bike frame attached to skis in place of traditional bike wheels. It was a form of transportation in the Alps which allowed people without sufficient knee strength to alpine ski.

__________ a winter sport where a person on skis is pulled by a horse, dogs or a motorized vehicle.

__________ Skiers compete to see who can jump the longest after descending from a specially designed ramp. Form and style also factor into their score.

__________ Skiing downhill on a fixed course in a straight line at as fast a speed as possible in order to active the fastest run at a given competition or to break an existing speed record.

__________ a mix of skiing and paragliding.

__________ This sport uses a specialized type of equipment which allows the skier to combine elements of Alpine and Nordic skiing.


 __________ Teams of 2 or 4 people make timed runs down a narrow twisting, banked ice track in a gravity powered sleigh. (Think Cool Runnings)

__________ This winter sport involves the timed competition of teams of dogs who pull a sled under the direction of a musher (a human who stands on the runners and steers the dogs).

__________ This is a recreational activity where individuals race down a hill sitting on large blocks of ice which take the place of a traditional sled.

__________ One or Two Competitors ride supine on a small sled face up and feet first steering the sled with their calf muscles or by exerting opposite shoulder pressure to the seat.

__________ For this winter sliding sport, a person rides a small sled down a frozen track while lying face down and head-first.                                                                                             


__________ This sport involves descending a snow-covered slope while standing on a snowboard attached to a rider’s feet. Alpine snowboarding

__________ A snowboard competition in which four to six competitors race down a course.

__________  a ski race down a winding course marked by flags or poles.

__________ Known as skateboarding on snow, this sport contains elements of snowboarding and skateboarding.

__________ In this winter sport, athletes ski or snowboard down a course with a variety of obstacles including rails, jumps and other terrain park features. Competitors gain points for amplitudes, originality and quality of tricks.

 Team sports

 __________ This sport is considered a form of hockey, but is actually a mix of football, ice hockey and field hockey Based on the number of people participating, this is the second most popular winter sport in the world.

__________ a recreational ice game played on a hockey rink. Two teams of six players each try to knock a ball into the opponent’s net with a broom.

__________ is a sport in which two teams of  four players slide granites stones on a sheet of ice toward a target area comprised of four concentric circles.

__________ a contact sport played on an ice rink. Two teams of skaters use sticks to shoot a rubber puck past a goalkeeper into a net.

Recreational Winter Activities

__________ Three large balls of snow are stacked from largest to smallest and decorated to look like a person.

__________ When children play in the winter, they often construct shelters made of snow.

__________  Round objects made from snow are hurled at each other.

__________ Catching fish with lines snow fish hoods or spears through an opening in the ice on a frozen body of water.

__________       An informal pick-up game of ice hockey or street hockey.

__________ A sled without runners or wheels used to carry one or more people down a snowy hill for recreation. Originally used by the Innu and Cree of Northern Canada for transportation.

__________  Using special footwear for walking over snow that distributes the weight of the person over a larger areas, so their foot doesn’t completely sink into the snow.

__________ A sport played by hitting a small ball into a hole with a set of clubs on a course consisting of tees, fairways and “whites” instead of traditional “greens.”

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