USSA initiatives for new Olympic events took another step forward at FIS Congress 2014 in Barcelona. Events like big air, shown here with 14,000 spectators at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix in Denver, are relevant with youth and popular with both spectators and global television audiences. (USSA-Tom Kelly)
BARCELONA, Spain (June 6) – A U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) proposal has led to a host of new events being accepted by the International Ski Federation for presentation to the International Olympic Committee. The USSA initiative added big air and team snowboardcross to the list that also includes an alpine team event, dual moguls, a mixed gender ski jumping event and others. FIS President Gian Franco Kasper told FIS Congress delegates that the aggregated list of new events would be presented to the IOC after the finalization of new IOC President Thomas Bach’s “Agenda 2020,” his Olympic roadmap for the future, which is expected to be finalized later this year.
A U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association proposal to bring big air and team snowboardcross to the Olympics has resulted in those events being added to the list of proposals the International Ski Federation will take to the International Olympic Committee.
Big air and team snowboardcross will be among a host of potential events including an alpine team event, dual moguls, mixed gender ski jumping and others.
FIS President Gian Franco Kasper told the full Congress delegation that the strategy of the FIS Council would be to present the sports to the IOC after the adoption of new IOC President Thomas Bach’s “Agenda 2020,” which will establish the roadmap for the future.
Big air snowboarding has been a part of the FIS World Championships since 2003. Snowboardcross has been one of the most popular Olympic events since 2006.
Big air has also been one of the premier events at X Games for many years. Team snowboardcross has been a regular part of the FIS World Cup and Sprint U.S. Grand Prix.
The proposal had multi-national support.
Action sports events like halfpipe, slopestyle, big air and snowboardcross are among the most popular with youth and have played a vital role in driving broadcast viewership worldwide.
Tiger Shaw, President and CEO, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association
It’s vital that we keep our sports fresh and relevant to youth. We clearly saw the global benefits with the additional new events in Sochi. This is yet another step to keep the Olympics in sync with what excites kids in sport today and to build the brand of FIS.
Jeremy Forster, Snowboarding and Freeskiing Program Director, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association
America has long been the epicenter of action sports. We’ve continually taken a leadership position in pushing new events in the past with SBX, slopestyle and the new freeskiing events. We have strong multi-national support for this initiative and are optimistic that FIS and IOC will work together to get these events onto the program for 2018.