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IOC Approves Ski Halfpipe for 2014 Winter Olympics

April 6, 2011

According to Shay Williams at, 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.

About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget.

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