IOC approves slopestyle for 2014 Sochi Games
Slopestyle is coming to the Winter Olympics.
The IOC approved the inclusion Monday of men’s and women’s
slopestyle events in snowboarding and freestyle skiing for the 2014
Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Also approved for Sochi were snowboard parallel slalom events
for men and women.
In slopestyle, snowboarders and skiers do tricks while going
down the mountain and maneuver through ”features” – rails, big
jumps and bumps.
American snowboard star Shaun White, who won halfpipe gold
medals at the 2010 and 2006 Games, has said he would like to
compete in slopestyle in Sochi.
Slopestyle is the latest addition to the 2014 program. In April,
the International Olympic Committee added women’s ski jumping,
men’s and women’s ski halfpipe, mixed relay in biathlon and team
events in luge and figure skating.
The IOC put off a decision at the time on slopestyle and a team
Alpine skiing event, saying more time was needed to review their
technical merits. While slopestyle was approved Monday, the team
Alpine event was not.
Also Monday, the IOC executive board approved a list of sports
that will be considered for inclusion in the 2020 Summer Games –
including baseball and softball, which were dropped from the
Olympics after the 2008 Beijing Games and have failed several times
in their bids for reinstatement.
The other potential contenders are karate, roller sports, sports
climbing, squash, wakeboard and the martial art wushu.
The eight sports will be competing for one opening on the 2020
program. They were selected from an original list of 12 candidates;
the four failing to make the cut were dance, surfing, bowling and
The IOC board will decide in early 2013 whether to cut the list
further, and a final decision on which sport to add will be made
later that year. The IOC has a cap of 28 sports for the Summer