Why is Snowboarding in the Olympics with its Implications?

With the recent announcement that the Olympic Winter Games will include a new sport for competition beginning in 2020, many are asking what this new event will be. Adding to the excitement of the future Olympics is news that snowboarding will also be a part of the Winter Games starting in 2022. The addition of snowboarding to the winter games brings great exposure for this growing and popular sport but raises questions about how exactly it will work. How does snowboarding fit into the framework of traditional Olympic events? What other winter sports could be impacted by its addition? And what are some of the implications for schools that offer these programs? These are just some of the questions we’ll address here.

The Basics of Olympic Snowboarding

Snowboarding is a specialised form of skiing that is done primarily on the snow. It’s a sport that’s growing in popularity and participation and is practised in a variety of environments, from the winter hills of Whistler to the summer mountains of Colorado. Competitions include a variety of events and disciplines, including half pipe, big air, and slopestyle. In the Olympics, the main event will be the Parallel Giant Slalom (PGS), a variant of the classic Alpine event that will be competed on a wide and groomed run. The PGS is a short and intense competition, lasting only two to three minutes per run.

How is Snowboarding in the Olympics Different?

Given the differences between Alpine skiing and snowboarding, there are a couple of ways in which Olympic snowboarding will be different from the current format: Distance - While the distances in the PGS and PS events will be approximately the same as they are in Alpine, the Snowboard Cross event will be around 1/3 longer than its cross-country counterpart. Terrain - Given that snowboarders will not be able to navigate as steep grades as skiers, the terrain that is groomed for Olympics competition will be significantly less steep than it is in the current Alpine events.

The Big Picture: Why is Snowboarding in the Olympics?

With a growing and passionate fan base, booming participation numbers, and impressive TV ratings and ad revenue, it’s easy to see why snowboarding is a popular candidate for inclusion in the Olympics. However, snowboarding is a relatively young sport and has only been included in World Championships since 1997. Why is it being added to the Olympics so soon? Given the logistical and financial challenges of adding a new event, there are understandable concerns about adding an event that has not been as thoroughly tested and vetted as other Olympic sports. While it hasn’t yet been confirmed, it is widely believed that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will include a new sport for the first time since 2002 when it hosts the Winter Games. With limited spots available for new sports, the IOC will likely consider adding a sport that is already widely practised and organized, with strong governance and financial model. Many believe that snowboarding is the likely choice. Snowboarding is popular and well-organized, with a governing body that is recognized by the IOC. The exposure, excitement, and legitimacy that snowboarding will bring to the winter games will be a significant boon for the sport and for Olympic winter sports in general.

Other Winter Sports Implications

There are a couple of ways that the addition of snowboarding could impact other winter sports. First, there is the issue of athlete availability. While hosting two events in the same sport at the same time is not unheard of in the Olympics, it is not ideal. With the addition of snowboarding, the IOC may need to consider moving events to different venues or finding creative ways to manage the availability of athletes. There is also the issue of medals. While the addition of snowboarding won’t have a significant impact on the number of medals available, it may affect the distribution of medals within the overall medal table. The IOC will make the final decision, but many believe that the addition of snowboarding will likely result in a reduction in medals available for Alpine skiing.

Final Words

The Olympic Games have long been a proving ground for new and emerging sports, but the process of bringing a sport from the fringe to the centre of global attention can be a difficult one. The addition of snowboarding to the Olympic Winter Games in 2022 is a good example of the effect a major event can have on a sport. While there are still a few years to go before we see snowboarding in the Olympics, the question of how exactly it will work is already being hotly debated. The specifics of how each event will be executed are still in the process of being determined, and changes may be made in response to the logistics of the course and athlete feedback. There are also a number of issues and challenges that will need to be addressed before the games. But one thing is certain: with the Olympics as a platform, snowboarding’s popularity and participation numbers will almost certainly continue to grow.