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.