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The International Olympic Committee voted Wednesday to include halfpipe skiing and women’s ski jumping in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
“This is a special day. The IOC’s decisions to include women’s ski jumping and halfpipe skiing marks a truly progressive era in the Olympic sport movement,” said USSA President and CEO Bill Marolt.
There are strong mixed feelings in the halfpipe relm about the Olympic inclusion, becuse some people feel that taking the sport to the Olympics is veering away from it’s hardcore roots, but many of the top atletes, including Simon Dumont, Jen Hudak, and the Canadian Halfpipe team, which includes Sarah Burke, Justin Dorey and Mike Riddle say they’re excited to participate.
The IOC will vote to include slopestyle and an alpine team event in May.
Read the U.S. Ski Team’s Press Release