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Snowboard: best possible Olympic quali period
With the 2013
FIS Snowboard World Cup season having kicked off at the end of August with high-class halfpipe competitions and the best starting field of recent years in Cardrona (NLZ), this winter season will see another nine additional FIS World Cup freestyle snowboarding competitions to secure the best Olympic Qualification period ever.
Focusing mainly on the Olympic events of halfpipe and slopestyle in the freestyle events, the FIS Snowboard World Cup this season is designed to achieve its goal of “quality over quantity”.
Successful discussions between FIS, its National Associations and local Organisers with representatives of the World Snowboard Tour, to harmonise the freestyle snowboarding calendar and allow more riders to qualify for the 2014 Games in Sochi (RUS), have enabled the first ever co-sanctioned FIS World Cup competitions to emerge.
The two events of the Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix in Park City and Copper Mt. will become FIS World Cups this season and will also count for the World Snowboard Tour. As a consequence, riders can win FIS World Cup points which count for the Olympic Qualification process, in addition to the World Snowboarding point list.
The nine high-standard halfpipe and slopestyle events plus the FIS World Championship competitions that are also part of the Olympic Qualification process, gives every rider the chance to achieve the qualification standards for the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi next season.
For riders who do not yet have the minimum of FIS point level mandatory to start on the FIS World Cup tour, the requirement has been reduced for the first two halfpipe competitions (Cardrona and Park City) and slopestyle contests (Copper and Sochi).
“We will run five halfpipe and four slopestyle top-level FIS World Cups this season. Those contests will allow riders to choose where to start and provide them with several options to achieve the qualification standards for Sochi 2014. This Olympic Qualification period has never been better for riders: there are no calendar conflicts, top organised events at excellent facilities with high-quality standards!” enthused FIS Snowboard Race Director Uwe Beier.