After Snowboard Big Air was added to this year’s Olympic games, skiers were wondering when they would get their chance to spin & win. It turns out they won’t have to wait long, as 2022, in Beijing, is the answer, as seven new events were added to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic program:
- Freestyle skiing big air (men and women)
- Women’s mono-bobsled
- Short track mixed team relay
- Ski jumping mixed team event
- Aerials mixed team event
- Snowboard cross mixed team event
The additions bring the Winter Olympic total number of events to 109, an all-time high and nearly double the amount of events at the 1992 Winter Games.
The International Olympic Committee said athlete quotas will decrease in some sports, but no events have been contracted. Alpine skiing’s super combined events are still under review as to whether they will remain in the Olympic program.
The IOC added that the next Winter Olympics will have its highest-ever gender balance, rising from 41 percent female athletes to more than 45 percent.
Beijing will mark the third straight Winter Olympics to add mixed-gender events. In 2014, mixed relays in biathlon and luge debuted, as well as the figure skating team event. In PyeongChang, a mixed Alpine skiing team event and mixed doubles curling debuted.