The Winter Olympics just got a helluva lot more entertaining. Big Air is by far the most fun park/X-games event to watch and draws the most viewers. It’s simple: go big and do amazing trips. Spectators get that and line up for Big Air events.
“Big air in snowboarding, big air in freestyle skiing [we just learned this is incorrect (12:42pm), there will be no skiing big air), mass start in speedskating and mixed doubles in curling were approved during the IOC’s board meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Monday. The new events were proposed for inclusion by the respective federations before this week’s meeting.” – Los Angeles Times
“The changes reflect the continued evolution of the Winter Olympic program and build on the success of recent editions of the games,” the IOC said in a statement. “They also build on the reforms outlined in Olympic Agenda 2020, which aim to create more flexibility into the Olympic program of the Olympic Games.”
The IOC’s idea is to make the Winter Olympics more entertaining and they nailed it with this Big Air addition. It’s great that they added both snowboarding and skiing big air.
To win Big Air these day, you have to throw some kind of Triple Flip/Cork. By 2018, the boys will have them on lock. A couple of snowboarders have even landed Quadruple Corks now…