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Seems like a wasted oportunity considering the games are in South Korea. Synchro is baffling to me, though. Huge number of athlete, gender inbalance and frankly a pretty niche sport. I don't see it getting in.

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Seems like a wasted oportunity considering the games are in South Korea. Synchro is baffling to me, though. Huge number of athlete, gender inbalance and frankly a pretty niche sport. I don't see it getting in.

If the Koreans can mount a credible Synchro team and their village can take in 250 more bodies, there's a strong chance of the event getting added.

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If the Koreans can mount a credible Synchro team and their village can take in 250 more bodies, there's a strong chance of the event getting added.

If their goal is to give Korea more medal oportunities then Synchro really isn't the way to go.

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If their goal is to give Korea more medal oportunities then Synchro really isn't the way to go.

But the ISU isn't thinking of extra medals for the host country -- so why do you think that way?

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But the ISU isn't thinking of extra medals for the host country -- so why do you think that way?

One of the reasons why halfpipe and slopestyle were added for Sochi, was because the FIS agreed to add Parallel slalom to the program in snowboard (at the request from Russia).

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But the ISU isn't thinking of extra medals for the host country -- so why do you think that way?

I'm personally strugling to figure out why the FIS added the snowboard parallel slalom other than to give Russia more medal chances. As much as I like the parallel events personally they just are not in any way ratings draws.

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I'm personally strugling to figure out why the FIS added the snowboard parallel slalom other than to give Russia more medal chances. As much as I like the parallel events personally they just are not in any way ratings draws.

Parallel is a snooze fest unless you have a guy you're cheering for in it. There's no doubt it was added to benefit Russia. What's more is that Vic Wild became Russian in 2011, after the event was added.

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I'm personally strugling to figure out why the FIS added the snowboard parallel slalom other than to give Russia more medal chances. As much as I like the parallel events personally they just are not in any way ratings draws.

Actually that was the reason given. I don't think it was suggested by the FIS, rather the organizers of Sochi.

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Actually that was the reason given. I don't think it was suggested by the FIS, rather the organizers of Sochi.

Probably was used as a sweetener to convince them to build a venue for slopestyle. since IIRC the Sochi organizers could have gotten it's inclusion delayed until 2018.

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IOC considers adding new Winter Olympic events

Lausanne, Switzerland • The IOC is considering adding new events in snowboarding, freestyle skiing, speedskating and curling for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Big Air in snowboarding, Big Air in freestyle skiing, mass start in speedskating and mixed doubles in curling have been submitted for approval to the International Olympic Committee executive board.

The new events were proposed for inclusion by their respective international federations, IOC sports director Kit McConnell confirmed to The Associated Press on Sunday.

The recommendations will be considered Monday on the second day of the IOC's board meeting in Lausanne.

The snowboard parallel slalom event, meanwhile, has been proposed to be dropped from the Olympic program.

Under IOC rules, events and disciplines can be added or removed up to three years before the games.

The IOC has been determined to attract younger audiences, as evidenced by the addition of halfpipe and slopestyle events at recent Winter Olympics. Now it looks like Big Air will be the latest step in that goal.

In Big Air events, competitors fly off a highly pitched ramp similar to those on the slopestyle course, and perform jumps with multiple flips and spins. They do as many jumps as possible in an allotted amount of time.

The International Skating Union, meanwhile, has also been looking to make Olympic speedskating more exciting for fans.

Mass start races would add intrigue, team tactics and a direct confrontation of skating styles in a long-distance event. It could also bring some of the push and shove elements of short track to the Olympic big oval — something likely to displease purists.

Curling has had two events, separate men's and women's competitions, since returning to the Olympics in 1998.

While traditional curling involves teams of four players, mixed doubles would include teams of two players — one male and one female. Teams would have six stones each, instead of eight.

The World Curling Federation tried to get mixed doubles on the program for the 2010 Vancouver Games, but it was rejected because the discipline hadn't spread globally.

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AP

http://www.sltrib.com/sports/2598272-155/ioc-considers-adding-new-winter-olympic

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New events to boost female participation, youth appeal for PyeongChang 2018

The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today agreed on the event programme and athlete quotas for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

The following events were added to the 2018 Olympic programme: curling mixed doubles (M&W); speed skating mass start (M/W); Alpine skiing nations team event (M&W); and snowboard big air (M/W).

The changes reflect the continued evolution of the Winter Olympic programme and build on the success of recent editions of the Games. They also build on the reforms outlined in Olympic Agenda 2020 which aim to create more flexibility in the programme of the Olympic Games.

Olympic Agenda 2020 has created a new framework of considerations, including the introduction of a recommended cap of approximately 2,900 athletes and 100 events for the Olympic Winter Games. While providing a sustainable model for the hosting and organisation of the Games, this framework also limits the ability of the IOC to support all new event proposals put forward by International Federations (IFs).

Requests for changes to the programme were received from the IFs and considered according to the following criteria: added value; youth appeal; attractiveness for TV, media and the general public; gender equality; minimum impact on the number of events and/or quotas; and infrastructure and operational cost and complexity.

The IFs and the Organising Committee for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 were consulted throughout the review process and their feedback was taken into account.

The EB decided to remove the snowboard parallel slalom (M/W) allowing for snowboard big air to enter the programme, in agreement with the International Ski Federation (FIS).

The new programme will allow for a record number of female events, a record number of mixed events, a record number of female athletes, and a projected increase in the overall female participation rates at the Olympic Winter Games, reflecting the implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020.

The PyeongChang 2018 event programme review was based on IF requests that were made to the IOC prior to the approval of Olympic Agenda 2020. This review must therefore be seen as a transition rather than a full implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms, which will be in place for the review of the programme of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.

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IOC

http://www.olympic.org/news/new-events-to-boost-female-participation-youth-appeal-for-pyeongchang-2018/246262

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Huh, Parallel Slalom had just been added for Sochi. Makes you wonder if it was just added to pad up Russia's medal chances in Snowboarding...

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Huh, Parallel Slalom had just been added for Sochi. Makes you wonder if it was just added to pad up Russia's medal chances in Snowboarding...

Russia agreed to add slopestyle if the IOC added slalom. So that's precisely the reason why.

Excited for the addition of mixed doubles curling, as it gives smaller curling nations such as Hungary a chance to win a medal.

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Some videos showing the Korea house at Rio during these Olympics, promoting the next 2018 Winter Games

 

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I Saw Sohorang The Tiger In The Sports Images.

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Final groups set for men's hockey at 2018 Olympics

 

Qualification for men's ice hockey at the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang has ended, with Norway, Slovenia, and Germany earning the final three spots.

The teams each had to win their respective groups in order to qualify for the 12-team tournament.

Norway beat France 2-1 in the final game of Group F to secure their spot. Mats Zuccarello, of the New York Rangers, and Mattias Norstebo scored for Norway, which finished 12th in Sochi 2014.

Slovenia topped Group D with a shootout victory over Belarus. Los Angeles Kings captain Anze Kopitar scored once in regulation and again in the shootout for Slovenia, which has now qualified for two consecutive Games. Former NHLer Andrei Kostitsyn hit the post in Belarus' final attempt to give Slovenia the win.

In the final game of Group E, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Tom Kuhnhackl scored a power-play goal with 5:09 remaining in the third period to give Germany a 3-2 lead over Latvia, which held, to return the German national team to the Olympics after it failed to qualify in 2014.

What remains to be seen is whether the NHL will allow its players to go to the 2018 Olympics, with time running out to find a deal with the IOC to see who will cover travel and insurance costs for the players.

Groups set for 2018 Games

With qualification finished, the three groups for 2018 Pyeongchang have now been set.

Canada will play in Group A with the Czech Republic, Switzerland, and South Korea.

Russia, the U.S., Slovakia, and Slovenia are in Group B, while Sweden, Finland, Norway, and Germany round out Group C.

The top eight teams as ranked by the IIHF had automatically qualified for Pyeongchang, with host nation South Korea also given a spot in the tournament.

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/norway-slovenia-germany-qualify-ice-hockey-olympics-korea-1.3748065

 

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On 9/5/2016 at 6:52 AM, gotosy said:

Final groups set for men's hockey at 2018 Olympics

 

Qualification for men's ice hockey at the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang has ended, with Norway, Slovenia, and Germany earning the final three spots.

The teams each had to win their respective groups in order to qualify for the 12-team tournament.

Norway beat France 2-1 in the final game of Group F to secure their spot. Mats Zuccarello, of the New York Rangers, and Mattias Norstebo scored for Norway, which finished 12th in Sochi 2014.

Slovenia topped Group D with a shootout victory over Belarus. Los Angeles Kings captain Anze Kopitar scored once in regulation and again in the shootout for Slovenia, which has now qualified for two consecutive Games. Former NHLer Andrei Kostitsyn hit the post in Belarus' final attempt to give Slovenia the win.

In the final game of Group E, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Tom Kuhnhackl scored a power-play goal with 5:09 remaining in the third period to give Germany a 3-2 lead over Latvia, which held, to return the German national team to the Olympics after it failed to qualify in 2014.

What remains to be seen is whether the NHL will allow its players to go to the 2018 Olympics, with time running out to find a deal with the IOC to see who will cover travel and insurance costs for the players.

Am gutted for Latvia, but bravo Slovenia!

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