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Sport lingo isn’t limited to snowboarding

February 14, 2002

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In snowboarding, many of the jumps, twists and turns have food-inspired names. Curling has Takeout. And skiing wouldn't be much fun without an occasional Dinner Roll.

Here's a glossary of sports jargon from the official Olympics Web site, www.Saltlake2002.com proof that eating can be a sport.

Dinner Roll: 1998 Olympic champion Jonny Moseley's famous ski jump, in which he flies off a mogul and rotates twice with his body parallel to the ground.

Scramble Leg: The first leg of a relay race in the Nordic Combined ski event, so named because the relay race features mass starts with everyone bunched together.

Trough: Deep path of ruts between freestyle ski course moguls.

Pop tart: An aerial snowboarding move in which the rider goes up fakie (backward) and lands going forward, thus not rotating.

McTwist: Sounds like an ice cream cone from McDonald's, but it's really an aerial, 540-degree snowboarding flip. Named after skateboarder Mike McGill.

Canadian bacon air: A snowboarding move in which the rear hand reaches behind the rear leg to grab the toe edge between the bindings while the rear leg is straightened.

Chicken salad air: Another aerial snowboarding move in which the rear hand reaches between the leg and grabs the heel edge between the bindings while the front leg is straightened.

Roast beef air: This aerial snowboarding maneuver has the rider grabbing the heel edge between the bindings with the rear hand and the rear leg is straightened.

Ho ho: Any two-hand hand-plant in snowboarding.

Takeout: A type of shot in curling that removes another rock from play.

Platter lift: A figure skating lift in which the man raises his partner overhead with his hands resting on her hips and she extends her body horizontal on the ice in a position that resembles a waiter holding a platter.

Full full full: Three flips in freestyle skiing with three twists.

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