The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced Monday evening that Slopestyle Skiing and Snowboarding would make their Olympic debut at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. Snowboarding parallel slalom was also added, while the proposed Alpine team event was not. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association played a key role in working together with the International Ski Federation on Slopestyle, including support in producing the debut World Championship last February at Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort.
The decision was taken by the IOC Executive Board ahead of the 123rd IOC Session in Durban, South Africa, and follows the inclusion in April of Ski Halfpipe (Men and Women).
"We are very pleased with the addition of ski and snowboard slopestyle and snowboard special slalom in the Olympic Winter Games programme", said IOC President Jacques Rogge. "Such events provide great entertainment for the spectators and add further youthful appeal to our already action-packed lineup of Olympic winter sports. We look forward to welcoming all the athletes to Sochi in 2014".
The Olympic Programme Commission (OPC) initially proposed the inclusion of the events to the Executive Board in Acapulco in October last year. The OPC studied the proposal of the individual International Sports Federations and, at the request of the Executive Board, compiled a detailed analysis of all candidate events at their respective world championships last winter. The decision was also based on an operational feasibility study undertaken by the organisers of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games.