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Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics To Unveil Two New Events

Date Posted: 22nd Jul 2010
Category:  Ski & Board Events

The International Olympic Committee is considering the addition of two new events at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

The FIS have consulted the IOC and recommended the inclusion of the snowboard slopestyle discipline in 2014. The federation commented that the slopestyle format is "very youth-driven and and will appeal to future generations."

Speaking about the plans, Stuart Brass, from the British Snowboarding Federation, told the BBC:

"If snowboard slopestyle is accepted as an Olympic discipline, we'd have fantastic medal hopes from the UK with the likes of Jenny Jones who is already ranked as the best slopestyle rider in the world."

"And in less than four years' time we'd have a whole host of young talent including Jamie Nicholls who is already achieving top 10 results at the age of just 16."

"Slopestyle is a discipline which can be practiced, particularly the rail and obstacle elements, at any of the UK slopes and as such we have these training facilities all year round regardless of weather."

The IOC is also considering the addition of a new team skiing event. The nations team event, or NTE, was introduced in Bormio in 2005 and consists of a Parallel Giant Slalom format with mixed teams racing in a head-to-head format around gates.

After the success of the half-pipe over the past three Winter Olympics, and the incredible support for the boarder-cross and skier-cross in Whistler, the IOC are looking into the popularity of these adrenaline fuelled events. Both of these events have proved popular for both spectators and TV audiences, therefore the International Olympic Committee believe these new disciplines may be ready, and established enough for their inclusion.

Written by Charlie Hamilton-Beaufort

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