The United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA, the national governing body for Olympic skiing and snowboarding and the parent organization for U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding), held its annual meeting last week in Park City. They held a “strategic review” of all the sports involved under USSA and—to put it in layman’s terms—alpine snowboarding, ski cross, and ski jumping are going to see a decline in attention, while slopestyle snowboarding is in the lineup to get more attention.
The International Ski Federation (FIS), which is the Olympic governing body of skiing then snowboarding, is meeting May 30–June 5, at the FIS Congress in Turkey to dig their teeth into the topic of slopestyle. The U.S., Canadian, and New Zealand snowsports organizations all have propositions for slopestyle to be recognized as an official FIS Snowboard World Championship event. If it is recognized, according to U.S. Snowboarding Program Director Jeremy Forester,“ it could then potentially be forwarded by the FIS to the IOC (International Olympic Committee) for evaluation as a new Olympic event.” The first FIS World Cup Slopestyle event ever (ever!) was held this past January at Canada Olympic Park (an event in 2008 was canceled).
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Want more info? Read the FIS Congress proposals yourself … (skip to page 77). Provisional Congress Book Antalya
(June 4, 010) Update: Slopestyle is accepted Into FIS World Snowboard Championship. Read the US Ski Team press release orginaly entitled “USA Proposal Sends Ski Pipe to IOC”