According to Shay Williams at FreeSkier.com, the IOC Executive Board announced today the approval of ski halfpipe, both men’s and women’s, to be included in the 2014 Winter Olympics Games in Sochi, Russia. The final seal of approval brings about a positive ending to years of fighting by many concerned parties over the inclusion of the sport. Decisions on ski slopestyle’s inclusion to the Games has been put on hold. A later date for inclusion may be made, pending a site inspection by the IOC to Sochi on April 23.
Today’s approval brings about the end to a long fought battle by many on getting ski halfpipe in the Olympics. While many believed the fruits of their labor would be seen in October during the IOC Exec Board meeting in Aculpoco, Mexico, the IOC decided to put the decision on hold pending observation of events like the FIS World Championships in Park City, UT in February.
Now that the giant hurdle of inclusion has been overcome, what’s next for ski halfpipe and possibly ski slopestyle? It’s still a long road to the Olympics with many more obstacles to overcome and many parts to work out, but one thing is for sure, you will see some of today’s freeskiing stars dropping into a Russian halfpipe and representing their countries at the 2014 Winter Games.