FIS to seek Olympic status for ski halfpipe |

FIS to seek Olympic status for ski halfpipe

The Associated Press

ANTALYA, Turkey – The International Ski Federation is proposing that ski halfpipe be added to the program for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

The FIS Congress agreed Friday to ask the International Olympic Committee to include ski halfpipe medal events for men and women at the Sochi Games in Russia.

Ski halfpipe was proposed by the U.S. and French federations as a “new and dynamic action sport.”

Skiers score points for performing tricks and jumps on the same course used for the snowboard halfpipe. Ski halfpipe is already on the program for the inaugural 2014 Youth Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria.

FIS also decided to add slopestyle and team snowboardcross events to the snowboard world championships. It also may seek Olympic status for those events.