Initiatives for New Olympic Events Move Ahead
A U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) proposal which had multi-national support has led to a host of new events being accepted by the International Ski Federation for presentation to the International Olympic Committee.
The USSA initiative added big air and team snowboardcross to the list that also includes an alpine team event, dual moguls, a mixed gender ski jumping event and others.
FIS President Gian Franco Kasper told FIS Congress delegates that the aggregated list of new events would be presented to the IOC after the finalization of new IOC President Thomas Bach’s “Agenda 2020,” his Olympic roadmap for the future, which is expected to be finalized later this year.
Big air snowboarding has been a part of the FIS World Championships since 2003. Snowboardcross has been one of the most popular Olympic events since 2006.