As previously reported, FIS voted unanimously in June to seek the inclusion of ski halfpipe to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. But now another popular freestyle event could be added as according to BBC Sports, The International Ski Federation (FIS) has requested the International Olympic Committee (IOC) accept snowboard slopestyle as a new event to the 2014 Games. FIS had previously added it to the FIS World Snowboard Championships, but this marks the first time the ski federation has gone to the IOC for Olympic approval of the new discipline.
In the same move, FIS has also asked the IOC for the second time to add women’s ski jumping after the event was controversially denied from this year’s Games in Vancouver.
The IOC’s executive board is set to make its decision by the end of 2010.
FIS says of the proposed events, halfpipe and slopestyle, that they are “very youth-driven and will appeal to future generations.”
The IOC has already approved both events for inclusion in the first ever Winter Youth Olympic Games, which are scheduled for 2012 in Innsbruck, Austria.
The move would obviously be welcomed by the snow sports community, but does raise the question about snowboarders constantly being chosen to test Olympic freestyle events, as is the case currently with the halfpipe discipline. The logistics of building a slopestyle course or a halfpipe really favor including both a ski and snowboard version of both events.
Popular events such as the Winter X Games and Dew Tour events currently provide competitions for both ski and snowboard slopestyle events, something FIS and the IOC would be wise to consider in its final decision.
Photo Right: Top ski halfpipe and slopestyle dual-threat, Jossi Wells of New Zealand, could earn a ski halfpipe medal in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics (assuming its likely addition) but is facing a strong chance of being denied a similar shot in slopestyle, even with the event’s possible inclusion for snowboarders.