The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association is hoping to add more snowboarding events to the Winter Olympics. The proposal. which will be made at an International Ski Federation (FIS) meeting next week, is hoping that men’s and women’s big air and men’s and women’s team snowboard cross can make their debuts in the future.
“The goal is to continue to push forward the most progressive and most relevant sports in snowboarding and skiing,” USSA snowboarding and freeskiing director Jeremy Forster told The Associated Press, via NBC Sports.
After the success the United States had in the events making their Olympic debut in Sochi like ski and snowboarding slopestyle, along with the ski halfpipe and the snowboard slalom, it should come as no surprise that the United States would like to see more events added.
During the 2014 Sochi Olympics, there were a number of stars that emerged from the states like Sage Kotsenberg and Jamie Anderson, so with youngsters looking to begin participating in those events we could always open more eyes with new events on the slopes that can create even more stars.
“We need to preserve our history. It’s very important,” IOC Sports Director Christophe Dubi told reporters in Sochi in February. “At the same time, we have to remain relevant and make sure that we capture a new audience as well.
“I have one 11-year-old, and I can tell you he is following [slopestyle champion] Sage [Kotsenburg] and the others in our new events keenly, in front of the TV, but also consuming on the Internet.”
If any of the events can come to fruition, then it would be an exciting moment for winter sports.
We will just have to sit back and wait to see if anything comes from the United States proposal.