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They are apparently developing a short track speed skating version of the Madison. That might actually be fairly interesting.Dito for a team sprint in long track, though I'm not sure how that would work.

SOurce?

Team sprint has been held at some world cups in the past iirc.

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SOurce?

Team sprint has been held at some world cups in the past iirc.

There is mention of it in the ISU's rulebook, it isn't an official event yet but they are considering it.

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Looks interesting. With only two per country it will give more countries a chance to compete.

Also there is no available date left in the arena's schedule (unless they decide to add another day during the day of the closing ceremony).

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My guess is that they would increase the number of athletes allowed per country so that they can add events to the schedule while maintaining the number of days.

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Let's add a kerin event too with a zamboni leading the skaters. And while we're at it, a points race and omnium event.

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Kieran won't work. The Madison is essentially a team points race.

I would rather see more head-to-head racing in long track. The time trial aspect is cool and all, but pursuit has really elevated the event in my opinion.

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Let's add a kerin event too with a zamboni leading the skaters. And while we're at it, a points race and omnium event.

Zambonies are slow. They make ice motorcycles but I'm not sure they leave behind clean skating ice.

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Zambonies are slow.

You don't say???

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IAAF President Diack will "fight" to get cross-country into the Olympics

March 7 - Moves to locate cross-country running within the Olympics have been backed once again by Lamine Diack, President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

Speaking ahead of the IAAF World Indoor Championships here, which he expects to provide "the climax to an outstanding indoor season," President Diack said his Federation would continue to "fight" for the sport's inclusion in either the Winter or Summer Games.

"In Sochi it was a very special IOC session in which we talked about 2020 and the future of the Olympic Movement," Diack said. "We were convinced we could organise cross-country championships during the Winter Games.

"It was not the position of the winter federations.

"But I think we will continue to fight in that direction.

"We have a group looking at it in our headquarters in Monaco, and we want to look at it again in December at [the IOC] Special Session.

"If it is not winter, why not have the cross-country in the summer Olympics?

"A good question for ourselves.

"We have the 5,000 metres, the 10,000 metres, the marathon.

"Why not cross- country at the Olympics to better promote this event.

"From now to December we have to convince our colleagues to go into the right direction and allow the cross-country."

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The senior men's race at last year's IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland ©AFP/ Getty Images

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http://www.insidethegames.biz/sports/summer/athletics/1018752-iaaf-president-diack-will-fight-to-get-cross-country-into-the-olympics

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Slopestyle sports could be dropped by 2018 Winter Olympics

According to the Canadian Press on Saturday, slopestyle skiing and slopestyle snowboarding could be dropped from the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. The reason is because of the high number of injuries that resulted from the Olympic competition in those sports.

Dr. Lars Engebretsen, who is the International Olympic Committee's head of scientific activities of the medical and scientific department, discovered in his research that there were more injuries in the slopestyle events at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi than any other discipline and stated there is the possibility that men's and women's slopestyle skiing and slopestyle snowboarding could be dropped from future Olympic Winter Games because of safety concerns.

American snowboarding star Shaun White dropped out of the slopestyle snowboarding competition at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi because he considered the course was too dangerous. Dr. Engebretsen's conclusions seem to back up White's position.

If slopestyle skiing and slopestyle snowboarding are dropped, it would be a blow to Canadian high performance sport. At the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Dara Howell of Hutsville, Ont., won the gold medal in women's slopestyle skiing, Kim Lamarre of Quebec City, Que., won the bronze medal in women's slopestyle skiing, and Mark McMorris of Regina, Sask., won the bronze medal in men's slopestyle snowboarding. It should be pointed out that McMorris was competing with a broken arm that he suffered a month earlier at the Winter X Games.

However before slopestyle snowboarding or slopestyle skiing will be dropped from the Olympic stage, it appears experts will evaluate why there were so many injuries according to the Associated Press. One of the most serious injuries came from three-time X Games slopestyle snowboarding champion Torstein Horgmo of Norway, who broke his collarbone while practicing in Sochi for the Olympic competition.

http://www.examiner.com/article/slopestyle-sports-could-be-dropped-by-2018-winter-olympics

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FIS defend slopestyle after claims should be dropped from Olympics because of injury rate

April 14 - International Ski Federation (FIS) officials have hit back at claims slopestyle should be dropped from the Olympic programme following the high rate of injuries at Sochi 2014.

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But speaking today to insidethegames, FIS secretary general Sarah Lewis hit back at these claims, which she insisted were "apparently personal comments which do not represent the position of the IOC".

She also described the good work being done to alleviate the risk of injuries in time for the sport's second appearance on the Olympic programme at Pyeongchang 2018.

The protection of the athletes' health and the safety of the environment they are competing in are top priorities for the FIS and the IOC who work actively together on these important topics on an ongoing basis," she told insidethegames.

"Since 2008 FIS has implemented an injury surveillance system and each discipline and event is analysed in order to take additional measures to protect athletes where necessary.

"The goal is to try to reduce risks that can lead to injury, whilst retaining the characteristics of the discipline and event.

"In regard to the slopestyle events that took place in Sochi, it would be premature to comment on the quantity and quality of injuries that occurred as the full IOC Injury and Illness Surveillance Study conducted by the IOC Medical Commission has not yet been finalised."

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http://www.insidethegames.biz/sports/winter/skiing/1019457-exclusive-fis-defend-slopestyle-after-claims-should-be-dropped-from-olympics-because-of-injury-rate

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Ya, I don't see Slopestyle getting the boot. It got a good reception from the press and its frankly not as dangerous as ski cross or snowboardcross.

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I don't think this was posted anywhere, but the FIS has made the decision to ask the IOC to add the following events to the Olympics:

  • Alpine Skiing Mixed Team Event
  • Ski Jumping Mixed Normal Hill Team Event
  • Nordic Combined Team Sprint
  • Snowboard Big Air
  • Team Snowboardcross
  • Telemark Parallel Sprint
  • Telemark Team Parallel Sprint

Source: http://www.fis-ski.com/mm/Document/document/General/05/53/43/fiscouncilbarcelona2014_Neutral.pdf

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Interesting no dual moguls proposed.

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Interesting no dual moguls proposed.

The document sort of implies that this list isn't necessarily exhaustive. Sadly the FIS's website makes it a pain to access the exhaustive list of decisions taken by the congress.

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The document sort of implies that this list isn't necessarily exhaustive. Sadly the FIS's website makes it a pain to access the exhaustive list of decisions taken by the congress.

I came across another list which included dual moguls. The list ended of by saying the FIS congress will decide which events to move forward. Telemark over dual moguls!? That's crazy.

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I came across another list which included dual moguls. The list ended of by saying the FIS congress will decide which events to move forward. Telemark over dual moguls!? That's crazy.

I'm really not a big fan of that list in general. Big air is stale IMO, it doesn't seem to be an event that is really growing in popularity. The alpine team event is just not a good format - 20s parallel runs, really? The focus for ski jumping, IMO, should be to bring in a second women's event rather than introduce a mixed event. A second nordic combined team event seems unnecessary. And telemark, really? The only thing on this list I'd be in favour of adding is the team snowboardcross event.

Also forgot to mention a minor but interesting tweak to the format of the half-pipe and slopestyle events. Finals will not feature 3 runs rather than 2, bringing it in line with basically all non-FIS organized events. I feel like for the sake of the TV package it might be wise to reduce the size of the finals from 12 to 8 (36 runs seems like a lot) but it's definitively a good move in terms of fairness.

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How would team cross work? Once someone crosses the line the gate releases the next athlete? I do not think that they should be adding team events to what is essentially individual sports. Alpine skiing is especially silly since most, if not all countries don't train together. Dividing into speed and technical training and for instance a Canadian speed skier would have more training and contact with someone from the Norwegian speed team than the Canadian technical team.

I think any new additions to the Winter program are unnecessary at this time until the development of women's ski jumping and Nordic Combined develop to the point of inclusion.

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How would team cross work? Once someone crosses the line the gate releases the next athlete?

That's actually exactly how it works. Two athletes per team.

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Its a quota neutral event and is already tested on the wc circuit.

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That's actually exactly how it works. Two athletes per team.

BORING! But all eight on the course at once. Team time is based on when the second skiier crosses.

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Bobsleigh gives approval to mixed-gender teams

Men and women can now compete together in the 'four-man' bobsleigh after the sport's governing body announced it will allow mixed-gender teams.

The International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (FIBT) said it was supporting equal opportunities.

FIBT president Ivo Ferriani said: "We follow the spirit of our time. There's a strong belief that men and women can compete together in four-man."

Mixed teams can take part in FIBT events from this season onwards.

They include the Europa Cup Series, North American Cup Series, as well as the World Cup Series and World Championships.

Qualification criteria for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea were still under discussion and yet to be finalised.

Two-time Olympic gold medallist Kaillie Humphries has already said she wants to pilot a four-man bobsleigh, pushed by three male team-mates, this season.

Britain's bobsleigh pilot Will Golder, 25, described the rule change as exciting.

"Some of the best drivers in the world are women," the Jersey athlete told BBC Sport.

Britain's performance director Gary Anderson said: "It's an obvious and natural progression from the FIBT and as a federation we welcome and support this rule change.

"It can only do good for the sport. How this will now evolve remains to be seen, but hopefully we may see a new Olympic discipline in the future."

Women are not allowed to compete as a team of four at the Winter Olympics, although last week the FIBT did agree to allow demonstration races at this season's US trials, North America Cup races and the World Championships.

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Surprised the ISU doesn't want to add the 3000m short track event for both genders.

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