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2018 Olympics: Alpine skiing Nations Team Event & Snowboard Big Air Added, Snowboarding Parallel Slalom Event Dropped

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Well, two new skiing & snowboarding events are on tap for the 2018 Olympics:

  • Alpine Skiing Nations Team Event
  • Snowboard Big Air

 

One event removed:

  • Snowboarding parallel slalom event (GS remains)

 

Not added

  • Dual Moguls
  • Freestyle Big Air

 

The criteria included the following for consideration:

"added value; youth appeal; attractiveness for TV, media and the general public; gender equality; minimum impact on the number of events and/or quotas; and infrastructure and operational cost and complexity"

 

On the non-skiing/snowboarding side of things, mass start in speed skating and mixed doubles in curling were added.

 

Any thoughts? (I'll just bite my tongue for now.)

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Mixed doubles in Curling?  Is there not enough of ice darts/ Pro broomsweeping filling the schedules as it is?

 

Team skiing would be good if they use the format used at the World Champs - Parallel slalom knockout - fast & interesting.  Definitely the best event I saw at the World champs for closeness to action and pace.

 

Snowboard parallel slalom deserved to die - very niche.

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I'm just concerned about sports being dropped from the Olympics then by dropped by FIS. First, even though there is still events in the World Cup for these dropped events, the athletes get little to no support from USSA/USST. Finally, FIS may end up dropping the event.

 

This happened in freestyle.

1988 Demo Moguls, Aerials, Acroski;

1992 Moguls became medal event; aerials & acroski still demo

1994 Aerials became medal event

2000 Last FIS event

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