IOC approves slopestyle for 2014 Sochi Games



DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — Slopestyle is coming to the Winter Olympics.

The IOC approved the inclusion Monday of men’s and women’s slopestyle events in snowboarding and freestyle skiing for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

In slopestyle, snowboarders and skiers do tricks while going down the mountain and maneuver through “features” — rails, big jumps and bumps.

American snowboard star Shaun White, who won halfpipe gold medals at the 2010 and 2006 Games, has said he would like to compete in slopestyle in Sochi.

Slopestyle is the latest addition to the 2014 program. In April, the International Olympic Committee added women’s ski jumping, men’s and women’s ski halfpipe, mixed relay in biathlon and team events in luge and figure skating.