2014 Winter Olympics
July 6, 2011 by staff
2014 Winter Olympics, For snowboarders in the world, the announcement Monday that slopestyle competitions will be added to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, represents a positive step, but long-acceptance.
For freeskiers, who three months ago he heard that the ski halfpipe Olympic debut in it, including slopestyle served to further underscore the popularity of nontraditional, not compete with the disciplines have become in recent years.
Together, these edgier new school athletes seem to be taking over the Winter Games.
“I am delighted that the IOC is taking freeskiing significantly,” said Simon Dumont, a dominant position in the U.S. halfpipe specialist. “It was amazing to see the sport is evolving so quickly, which shows how far we’ve come so quickly.”
The International Olympic Committee agreed at meetings in South Africa to approve the slopestyle for men and women like sports medal for snowboarding and skiing. Also added snowboard slalom men and especially women in parallel.
The addition of slopestyle – which involves negotiation of a supposed decline with jumps, rails and other terrain park – a clear indication that the IOC is working to ensure that the Olympics are still relevant among the younger generations.
, Said Bill Marolt, president of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association, “The IOC’s decision to add the Olympic Games slopestyle recognizes the millions of young people who are participating in the sport in the terrain parks around the world who have a very positive one. Impact on the sport, including our EE. UU. Snowboard and Freeski U.S. programs. ”
It will also make the Winter Olympics are more like the Winter X Games. The IOC added reluctantly snowboard events – giant slalom and halfpipe – in 1998. The Winter Games now include ski and snowboard halfpipe, ski and snowboard slopestyle, skier background and border background. The six are long-time X Games pillars.
Snowboarding, including mega-stars Shaun White slopestyle hoped would be approved for the Vancouver 2006 Olympic games. That’s when the sport was beginning to peak for snowboarders, as well as the freeskiing revolution had begun to gain momentum.
Scotty Lago, who as White is expected to strive to make the U.S. Olympic team in the halfpipe and slopestyle, said the timing of the addition of slopestyle, is still very good.
“I think that will only help to snowboard, big,” said Lake, 23, a veteran competitor X Games. “For the child who has never been before, snowboard slopestyle he might appeal to you most halfpipe, so I think that will only help the sport that more people out there.”
A child is already a rising star in the freeskiing scene, with the hope of many appearances in the Olympics. At 15, Torin Yater-Wallace in January became the youngest competitor at the 2011 Winter X Games list.
He said the IOC’s decision: “Slopestyle into the Olympics is an opportunity for the sport super cool I was excited and about halfpipe, but this takes us full circle in sports media and the biggest sporting event in the world. “
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