IOC Publicizes New Snowboarding Occasions to Debut at 2026 Olympics

Ski followers could have new occasions to observe on the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milano-Cortina, Italy.

Should you thought the Olympics wanted extra snowboarding, you and the Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC) had been on the identical web page.

On June 24, the Worldwide Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS) introduced three new occasions coming to the 2026 Winter Olympics. The slopes of Milano-Cortina, Italy, will now see opponents vie for medals within the following classes:

  • males’s freestyle snowboarding twin moguls
  • ladies’s freestyle snowboarding twin moguls
  • ladies’s ski leaping massive hill

The IOC’s Govt Board additionally added a number of non-FIS occasions. A skeleton mixed-team occasion and luge doubles (males’s and ladies’s) now be part of ski mountaineering, which the committee looped in final summer season.

The additions convey the overall variety of FIS occasions to 58, accounting for about half of the Winter Olympics medal occasions.

Freestyle Snowboarding Twin Moguls

In a subsequent explainer, FIS stated that the addition of the 2 twin moguls occasions comes “sizzling on the heels” of the debut of freeski massive and aerials within the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

“Moguls has been some of the watched occasions on the previous a number of video games,” FIS wrote. “Making an allowance for an amazing effort by the freestyle group to incorporate the second mogul self-discipline into the Olympic programme, it was solely a matter of time earlier than twin moguls would additionally get the nod from the IOC.”

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Take a look at the video under to see an instance of the elegant acrobatics concerned within the twin mogul occasion.

Girls’s Ski Leaping: Massive Hill Model

Skilled ladies skiers could have extra alternatives to defy the legal guidelines of physics. That’s as a result of the IOC authorized a big hill for ladies’s ski leaping. Whereas a traditional hill can rise to about 357 ft, the massive hill can measure as much as 604 ft.

For context, try Sara Takanashi‘s profitable soar at FIS’ 2022 Ski Leaping competitors in Oslo, the place she soared by way of the air for 426 ft.

The IOC gave the thumbs right down to different proposed occasions. These included ski cross mixed-team and snowboard mixed-team parallel slalom.

“Of explicit disappointment was the truth that Girls’s Nordic Mixed was declined as an Olympic self-discipline on the 2026 Program,” FIS wrote. “FIS thought-about the self-discipline a powerful candidate on condition that it could have introduced full gender equality to the Olympic Winter Video games Program.”

The group stated it’ll proceed to push for the un-included occasions in future Olympic video games.

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