There’s been a lot of talk about the IOC adding slopestyle to the skiing and snowboarding part of the Olympics and the FIS decision has no bearing on the IOC but it can’t hurt! The news today is that they will be adding ski slopestyle to the 2011 FIS World Championships
Here’s what their press release said:
FIS World Championships and Junior World Championships
For the Freestyle and Snowboard World Championships 2011 in Deer Valley (USA) and La Molina (SPA), respectively, the Council confirmed the addition of slopestyle to the program. The final schedules for both Championships will be published on the FIS website shortly.
The FIS Congress 2004 in Miami decided that as from 2011 prize money would be paid out at the FIS World Championships with the same purse as the current minimum for World Cup in the respective discipline, whilst 50% is covered by the Organizing Committee and 50% by FIS. Today, the Council decided on the following mode for distribution:
Prize money is paid out to the top six competitors in individual competitions and the top three teams in team competitions, who are the competitors participating at the official medal ceremony for the respective competition:
Pretty exciting stuff really as it paves the way for slopestyle in the Olympics and the possibility of a big air and rail comp as well. Watch this space!