The IOC has today announced that seven new winter sports will be incorporated into the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, China, four of which are FIS (International Ski Federation) events that will all be on show at the 2019 Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships, taking place in Utah in February 2019.
The events on show at the 2019 World Champs that have been added to the Beijing 2022 calendar are; Freestyle Skiing, mixed team aerials; Freeski Big Air, men’s and ladies’; and in Snowboard, Team Snowboard Cross. Fans of Freeski Big Air and Freestyle Mixed Team Aerials will not have to wait to see their favorite athletes in World Championship competition in those events as both will be making their World Championship competition debuts for the very first time at the 2019 World Championships in Utah next February.
The awesome men’s and women’s Freeski Big Air event will be taking place at Canyons Village at Park City Mountain Resort on Saturday February 2nd. Next up on the new Olympic discipline roster will be the Team Snowboard Cross event which will take place at Solitude Mountain Resort on Sunday February 3rd. Rounding up the latest additions to the Olympic Winter Games is the Freestyle Skiing Mixed Team Aerials event which will be a huge crowd favorite at Deer Valley Resort, at night and under the lights on Thursday February 7, 2019. The 2019 World Championships will be the first time that Mixed Team Aerials and Freeski Big Air will be included in the FIS World Championship program.
"We are grateful to the IOC, International Ski Federation (FIS), Beijing Organizing Committee and the Nations for working cooperatively toward the inclusion of these new events in 2022," said Jeremy Forster, U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s Director of Snowboard, Freeski and Freestyle. "The addition of these incredibly exciting events is not only good news for fans of Winter Olympic Games, it is also a critical step in continuing to engage new fans, in particular among the young skiers and riders who are the future of our sports. Having the opportunity to showcase both Freeski Big Air and Mixed Team Aerials as World Championship disciplines for the first time, at the events we will host in February 2019, is a great honor and we are all excited about the chance to give them their global World Champs debut in what promises to be an incredible 10 days of competition next year."
The eyes of the world will be on the athletes competing for World Championship glory in the USA from February 1, 2019 until February 20, 2019 when the world’s best snowboarders, freeskiers and freestyle athletes will descend on Utah. For more information about the events go to the 2019 Snowboard, Freeski and Freestyle World Championships website which you can find here 2019WorldChamps.com