With ski and snowboard slopestyle and ski halfpipe debuting at the 2014 Sochi Games, it’s getting difficult to tell where the X-Games end and the Olympics begin. Now the International Ski Federation (FIS) is considering pushing for Big Air to be added to the 2018 Peyeongchang Games.
“These are conversations being had at a committee level, but there is a push for Big Air,” Michael Spencer, co-founder of the Association of Freeskiing Professionals, told ESPN.com about the negotiations. “If athletes like the idea, what kind of formatting would they want? There are a lot of moving parts that would need to be figured out.”
The discussion was tabled until the FIS could speak with athletes, but one competitor, freeskier Sammy Carlson, said he was all for adding Big Air to the Olympics to grow the sport, but wanted to make sure its addition didn’t dilute the it significance and popularity during the four years between Games.
Olympic coaches don’t receive gold medals. Fiji Olympic men’s rugby coach Ben Ryan may have gotten something better anyway.
Ryan’s reward for guiding Fiji to its first Olympic medal in any sport — gold in rugby sevens’ Olympic debut — included three acres of land in Fiji and a new name, Ratu Peni Raiyani Latianara, according to Fijian reports.
Ryan, a London native, is stepping down as coach of the Fijian team. The 44-year-old coached the team for three years after leading the England national sevens team for six years.
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OSLO, Norway (AP) — Norwegian skier Aksel Lund Svindal says the knee injury that took him out of the World Cup last season was worse than he’s been letting on.
Svindal was the overall World Cup leader when he injured his right knee in a crash during a downhill in Kitzbuehel, Austria, on Jan. 23. Watch video of the crash here.
In an interview with Norwegian broadcaster NRK, Svindal said not only did he rupture a cruciate ligament, he also damaged his meniscus and cartilage.
Svindal, who won a medal of every color at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games, is back on skis training for the upcoming World Cup season.
But he said the cartilage problems are particularly worrisome and could put the season, and even his career, at risk.
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