Monday wasn't a holiday for the The International Olympic Committee and it made a major decision regarding snow sports and the 2014 Winter Olympics.
The IOC announced that ski slopestyle for men and women, snowboard slopestyle for men and women and snowboard parallel special slalom for men and women will be included on the "sports program" of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
The IOC said in an organizational news release that the decision was taken by the IOC Executive Board ahead of the 123rd IOC Session in Durban, South Africa.
It follows the inclusion in April of ski halfpipe for men and women, women’s ski jumping, biathlon mixed relay, a figure skating team event and luge team relay.
“We are very pleased with the addition of ski and snowboard slopestyle and snowboard special slalom in the Olympic Winter Games program,” IOC President Jacques Rogge said in the news release. “Such events provide great entertainment for the spectators and add further youthful appeal to our already action-packed lineup of Olympic winter sports. We look forward to welcoming all the athletes to Sochi in 2014.”
The IOC said the Olympic Programme Commission initially proposed the inclusion of the events to the IOC Executive Board in October of last year. The commission studied the proposal of the individual International Sports Federations and, at the request of the executive board, compiled a detailed analysis of all candidate events at their respective world championships last winter.
The decision was also based on an operational feasibility study undertaken by the organizers of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, the IOC said.