On This Date 2/8/1998

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Looking to draw more interest and a younger audience, Snowboarding is brought to the Olympics for the first time at the games in Nagano. The Giant Slalom is the first Snowboarding medal event, with Ross Rebagliati of Canada beating out Thomas Prugger of Italy by .02 seconds and Ueli Kestenholz of Austria taking the Bronze. Later Rebagliati tested positive for using marijuana but was allowed to keep his medal after an appeal.