Winter XGames Europe 2010, Tignes France photo by AndyCunningham
Let them play! The International Ski Federation (FIS) Council will add skiing and snowboarding slopestyle to the 2011 Freestyle and Snowboard World Championships. Snowboarding slopestyle had been considered a given, but the inclusion of ski slopestyle was a bit of a surprise, albeit the deserved and good kind. “Ski slopestyle was not among the original events put forward by the FIS,” Tom Kelly, the vice president of communications for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association told ESPN’s Megan Michelson. “In discussions this summer between the IOC and FIS, the FIS was encouraged by the IOC to make the request.”
The big carrot at the end of the rabbit hole is the Winter Olympics, of course. This ruling is seen as a major hurdle towards seeing Bobby Brown join the likes of Shaun White and Winter Olympics infamy. A decision on slopestle inclusion at the next Winer Olympics will be made after the World Championships. New events must be approved no later than three years before the start of the Olympic Games, which puts February 2011 as the latest a decision could be made on whether to accept the new disciplines in Sochi 2014.
The Freestyle Skiing World Championships will be at Deer Valley, Utah, starting January 30th and ending on February 5, 2011.