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SOCHI, Russia - It is an event where Olympians take off over a steep jump and flip and twist in the air. Slopestyle skiing and snowboarding is expected to be a crowd favorite when it debuts at the Winter Olympics.

As athletes have done their training runs there have been injuries. The skiers and riders have asked for more changes on the course.

A favorite for gold from Norway is out of the competition because he was hurt.

Shaun White of team USA hurt is wrist and decided not to compete in slopestyle Wednesday. Athletes say it was designed in a way that the takeoffs are rough and inconsistent.

The crew in charge of the venue and jumps are making changes to the jumps to try and help.

Keri Herman lives in Breckenridge, Colo. She is one of the world's top slopestyle riders and is a favorite for an Olympic medal.

"It is great to make the first slopestyle team, and we're all just out here having a really fun time and trying to make the best of everything," Herman said.

Herman says she's thrilled to be part of the games but admits the course is a challenge.

"The course is the hardest thing to overcome right here," Herman said. "It's pretty scary coming into it, and everything's huge and icy, but you know that's what you have to work with sometimes. So just toughing it out, making it through and gonna try to do my best."

The women's freestyle skiing qualifications and finals are on Feb. 11. The men compete in the same event on Feb. 13.

The course is in the Extreme Park in mountain cluster, Roza Khutor, and anyone who will watch them in person will find it's an adventure getting there. It is a series of buses, trains, and a steep gondola ride that had 9NEWS Reporter Anastasiya Bolton pretty nervous.

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