LONDON (April 6) – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced Wednesday that a decision to include slopestyle snowboarding as well as slopestyle skiing and the alpine team event could be made in late May. Halfpipe skiing and women’s ski jumping will be included in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
After initial reviews, the IOC determined that further insight needed to be gathered in order to make a decision. The IOC and the International Ski Federation (FIS) are currently working with Sochi to do a final evaluation.
“We need extra information about the capacity for athletes and spectators in the region,” said IOC President Jacques Rogge. “We are sending a team to make a full report. We would not want to have new games where there was a problem with capacity. I expect a report by mid-May but I would not want to fix myself on a date. I’ve been authorized by the executive committee to make a decision on the two remaining sports (slopestyle skiing and snowboarding).”
“Slopestyle snowboarding has been a huge piece of the sport for some time and we’re optimistic that the FIS and IOC can work with Sochi so that we can move forward,” said the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s Snowboarding and Freeskiing Director Jeremy Forster. “Slopestyle has proven to be a very popular event with riders and represents what millions of young riders do every day at resort terrain parks.”
With IOC and FIS meetings planned throughout the month of April, the IOC plans to announce a decision on the inclusion of slopestyle snowboarding as well as slopestyle skiing and the alpine team event in late May.