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Far-Out Winter Olympics Words!
By Bella Brooks
Lutz
A standard move in the Olympic figure skating competition is a lutz. A lutz is when the skater leaps from the back
outer edge of one skate to make a full spin or rotation in the air, and lands on the back outside edge of the other
skate. Even though lutz sounds like clutz, this move is not clumsy!

Axel
Though it is often confused with the common word axle, an axel in figure skating refers to a jump performed by a
skater leaping from the front outer edge of one skate into the air, to make one and a half rotations and land on the
back outer edge of their foot. The move became famous in the 1920’s by a Norwegian figure skater named Axel
Paulsen, where it got its name.

Blueliner
A blueliner is a hockey term, and means when two defesemen are in standard allignment. It’s named this
because defensemen usually stay near the blue lines on the ice while in the game, as opposed to on the red line
at the center of the ice.

Hat trick
A hat trick is also referenced in soccer, baseball, and cricket. (Cricket is a sport that is mostly played in Australia
and England.) A hat trick refers to difficult trick by a player during a game. In hockey, it means three goals or
points scored by one player. This was first used to reference hockey in the 1900s, even though it’s been in the
English language since the late 1800s.

Icing
Icing, a defense move in hockey, happens when a player shoots the puck from the defense part of the rink over to
the other teams goal, but not into the goal. (In order to keep the puck out of the reach of their opponents.) If the
puck is next touched by an opponent other than the goalkeeper, it is a penalty for the team.

Biathlon
Though a biathlon can refer to athletic tournament with two continuous events, in the Winter Olympics it means a
contest in were cross-country skiers carrying rifles shoot at targets. They are placed in four stops along a
12.5-mile (20 km) course. The sport was demonstrated at the first Winter Olympics in 1924, but it did not qualify
for the official competition until 1960.
Word Search Challenge - Find the words in the word search, then find the meanings of the words that have not
been defined above.