The inclusion of telemarking at the 2022 Beijing Olympics took a step closer last week, as The International Ski Federation’s (FIS) proposal was approved and will now be considered by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) when they meet this summer.
A ski jumping mixed team competition, a women’s Nordic Combined individual event and a freestyle ski Big Air event for men and women had already been proposed, and a further six were put to the FIS General Assembly in Costa Navarino on May 18th for consideration, including telemark parallel sprint.
“We’re delighted to announce that our proposal for Telemark Parallel Sprint and Team Parallel Sprint to be included in a proposal to the IOC [Executive Board] has been approved by FIS,” FIS Telemark tweeted.
The telemark discipline features elements of both Alpine and Nordic skiing and uses different equipment and styles, and the FIS will also propose a freestyle aerials mixed team event for inclusion, as well as a freeski big air competition.
In connection with the proposals, several events are now set to be added to FIS World Championship programmes.
Four snowboard events will also be proposed to the IOC, including a snowboard cross team event and an Alpine mixed team parallel event. Snowboard parallel slalom and a mixed team slalom competition will also be considered.
Both a women’s Nordic Combined individual event and team competition will be added. Nordic combined is currently one of only two Summer or Winter Olympic disciplines – along with Greco Roman wrestling – which remains for men only.