Written by By Olivia Dwyer, ESPN Action Sports
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.”
Ski halfpipe athletes are excited about the news. “I’ve always wanted to go to the Olympics, so this is a dream come true,” Canadian pipe skier Mike Riddle said. “I’ve been pushing for ski halfpipe inclusion for years now, so this makes my goal very clear for the next three years. This is basically a life-changing decision for me.” READ ON at espn.com…