Ski Halfpipe Approved for 2014 Olympics

Men’s and women’s ski halfpipe has been added to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the International Olympic Committee announced Wednesday in London.

Men’s and women’s snowboard slopestyle and men’s and women’s ski slopestyle were not added to the program at this time.

“This is a great day,” Christophe Dubi, the IOC’s sports director, said. “A decision will be made in the coming month [regarding slopestyle] after further feasibility study. We need our experts to review the situation with the organizing committee, FIS [skiing's governing body] as well, prior to making a final decision.” Dubi confirmed that a decision on slopestyle is expected in a “matter of weeks.”

For the upcoming slopestyle decision, the IOC is sending a team to Sochi to conduct a feasability report. “We need extra information about the capacity for the athletes and the spectators in the region,” said IOC President Jacques Rogge at a later press conference at the London meetings. “If you add more events, you need more slopes and more access for spectators and technicians.”

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