Alpine skiing team event could be added to Olympics

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IOC president Thomas Bach was optimistic when asked about an Alpine skiing team event possibly being added to the Olympics, speaking at the World Championships in Beaver Creek, Colo., on Tuesday.

“We have been discussing the program with FIS [International Ski Federation], and you may have some good news in the next couple of months,” Bach said, according to the International Ski Federation. “I hope very much that we can finalize these decisions before the IOC session in July.”

The team event at the World Championships is next Tuesday. It is usually made up of parallel slaloms with a knockout round format, including both men and women. The team event made its debut at Worlds in 2005. The U.S. has never won a medal.

Austria, Sweden and Germany were the medalists in the team event at the 2013 World Championships.

In 2011, Bode MillerTed Ligety and Julia Mancuso competed in the team event for the U.S., which lost in the quarterfinals.

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