Over the weekend, a report surfaced that hinted the snowboard and ski slopestyle events could be removed from the Olympics after just one year due to worries about the safety of competitors, and now the International Ski Federation (FIS) has responded.
The FIS has stepped up to defend the safety of slopestyle events and hopes that it will be able to continue as an Olympic event.
“The protection of the athletes’ health and the safety of the environment they are competing in are top priorities for the FIS and the IOC who work actively together on these important topics on an ongoing basis,” FIS secretary general Sarah Lewis said, according to insidethegames.
“In regard to the slopestyle events that took place in Sochi, it would be premature to comment on the quantity and quality of injuries that occurred as the full IOC Injury and Illness Surveillance Study conducted by the IOC Medical Commission has not yet been finalized.”
Slopestyle made it’s debut in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and it was met with open arms by fans of the Winter Games thanks to the excitement it provides, so it will be interesting to see what the next step will be.
As is the case in any sport, the athletes competing in the event know the dangers and they all seem willing to hit the course and do what they love.