05 June 2015

Snowboard Big Air and Alpine Team Event to feature on the programme at the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang

On Monday 8th June the International Olympic Committee announced the exciting news that two new snowsport events would feature at the 2018 Winter Olympics held in PyeongChang, South Korea. The fantastic spectator-sport of the Alpine Team Event has been added to the programme, following huge success at the recent Alpine World Championships in Vail-Beaver Creek earlier this year. The event will be open to both men and women and consists of a head-to-head slalom with a knock-out format per round.

Equally as spectacular in its wow-factor, Snowboard Big Air will be added to the Olympic line-up in PyeongChang offering a huge opportunity for our British Big Air specialists, such as Billy Morgan and Sam Turnbull, to take centre stage. This event will also be open to both men and women, meaning that with the addition of these events, as well as new events in curling and speed skating, the new programme will allow for a record number of female athletes at the Olympic Winter Games.

FIS President Gian Franco Kasper said of the announcement: “The athlete, media and fan reaction to both events has been overwhelmingly positive and I believe both events will make a fine addition to the Olympic Games.”

GB Park and Pipe Programme Manager Lesley McKenna said of the news: “The GB Park and Pipe Team are very excited to hear the announcement that Snowboard Big Air will be a part of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. We have a very strong group of Big Air riders and feel that the addition of this event will mean more GB athletes being able to challenge for the top spots. The huge success of the GB Park and Pipe Team athletes at Sochi brought the event of slopestyle to the wider general public and the reception was great. We think that the Big Air event will be just as well accepted and we hope it will be as exciting to watch for GB viewers as the slopestyle was in Sochi!”

Two-time Olympian Dave Ryding said: "The team event at the World Championships was a massive buzz and there is a real possibility of beating the big teams, like we showed running the Italians so close last season. Having it at the Olympics will be a pressure cooker of an event and a seriously intense occasion, I welcome the event being included and it is something I really look forward to being involved in, if I am selected for the team. I believe the the event will be awesome to watch!"

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