Slopestyle event makes Olympic debut

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The snowboarders competing in slopestyle's Olympic debut wanted to put on a show.

It wasn't exactly standing room only.

There were large pockets of empty seats during portions of men's and women's qualifying on Thursday, particularly near the beginning and end of the seven-hour session.
— Associated Press

Czech Republic's Sarka Pancochova takes a jump during the women's snowboard slopestyle qualifying at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Czech Republic's Sarka Pancochova takes a jump during the women's snowboard slopestyle qualifying at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
Czech Republic's Sarka Pancochova takes a jump during the women's snowboard slopestyle qualifying at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Workers groom a jump during a break in the women's snowboard slopestyle qualifying at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Workers groom a jump during a break in the women's snowboard slopestyle qualifying at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
Workers groom a jump during a break in the women's snowboard slopestyle qualifying at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Karly Shorr from the U.S. performs a jump during the women's snowboard slopestyle qualifying session at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT SNOWBOARDING OLYMPICS)
Karly Shorr from the U.S. performs a jump during the women's snowboard slopestyle qualifying session at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor
Karly Shorr from the U.S. performs a jump during the women's snowboard slopestyle qualifying session at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT SNOWBOARDING OLYMPICS)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 06: Silje Norendal of Norway competes in the Ladies Snowboard Slopestyle Qualifying at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia
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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 06: Silje Norendal of Norway competes in the Ladies Snowboard Slopestyle Qualifying at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia
A volunteer stands in an empty grandstand during the women's snowboard slopestyle qualifying at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
A volunteer stands in an empty grandstand during the women's snowboard slopestyle qualifying at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
A volunteer stands in an empty grandstand during the women's snowboard slopestyle qualifying at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
New Zealand's Christy Prior reacts at the finish line during the women's snowboard slopestyle qualifying session at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT SNOWBOARDING)
New Zealand's Christy Prior reacts at the finish line during the women's snowboard slopestyle qualifying session at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor
New Zealand's Christy Prior reacts at the finish line during the women's snowboard slopestyle qualifying session at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT SNOWBOARDING)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 06: Amy Fuller of Great Britain competes in the Women's Slopestyle Qualification during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 06: Amy Fuller of Great Britain competes in the Women's Slopestyle Qualification during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 06: (EDITORS NOTE: Image was created using a fisheye lens.) An athlete competes in the Women's Slopestyle Qualification during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 06: (EDITORS NOTE: Image was created using a fisheye lens.) An athlete competes in the Women's Slopestyle Qualification during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Belgium's Seppe Smits performs a jump during the men's snowboard slopestyle qualifying session at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT SNOWBOARDING)
Belgium's Seppe Smits performs a jump during the men's snowboard slopestyle qualifying session at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor
Belgium's Seppe Smits performs a jump during the men's snowboard slopestyle qualifying session at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT SNOWBOARDING)
Austria's Clemens Schattschneider performs a jump during the men's snowboard slopestyle qualifying session at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT SNOWBOARDING TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Austria's Clemens Schattschneider performs a jump during the men's snowboard slopestyle qualifying session at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor
Austria's Clemens Schattschneider performs a jump during the men's snowboard slopestyle qualifying session at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT SNOWBOARDING TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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