At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, ski and snowboarding slopestyle made their debut for both men and women. The slopestyle events quickly turned in to a fan favorite event and one of the most exciting competitions in the Winter Games, but it’s run as an Olympic sport may be short lived.
According to an International Olympic Committee official, slopestyle could potentially be dropped from the Olympics if the “unacceptably high” injury rates are not reduced.
The official says slopestyle’s injury rate was “much higher than any other sport in Sochi.”
“Right now the injury rate as it was in Sochi was too high to be a sport that we have in the Olympics,” said Lars Engebretsen, head of scientific activities at the IOC’s medical and scientific department, according to The Associated Press.
“I can say what I feel: That sport should change, otherwise we shouldn’t have it. But the IOC may not follow that. Something has to be done with that sport.”
During the Sochi Games, the United States freestyle snowboarding and ski team had some great success, with a gold medal sweep in snowboarding thanks to Jamie Anderson and Sage Kotsenburg, and a podium sweep in the men’s ski slopestyle with Joss Christensen taking gold, Gus Kensworthy earning silver, and Nick Goepper bringing home the bronze. Devin Logan added another silver in the ladies ski slopestyle.