It seems there's a lot of controversy and misunderstanding about our brand of skiing being included in the Olympics. Last I've heard, there might be an exhibition in 2010. Now let's have a reasonably intelligent discussion about why skiing should, and should not, have an Olympic halfpipe competition.
First things first, it takes a long time for a sport to become recognized as one popular enough to be included in the Olympic Games. There's a lot of whining in another thread about sports like curling being Olympic when halfpipe is not, but you have to understand that park and pipe skiing is still very, very young. In addition to being very, very young, it's still almost totally unknown. The X Games is probably the single biggest media outlet for us, but to the American public who watched, for example, the live broadcast of the X Games pipe during SportsCenter last season, what they were watching was something of a sideshow. It's a sport people don't recognize and don't understand, and it will take time for that to happen.
Anyway, why SHOULD halfpipe skiing be in the Olympics? It will give our sport a legitimacy that it doesn't yet have. It will draw more interest, more supporters, more participants, more media, and more money into the sport. In many ways it may make us more "mainstream" - but remember, there are different categories of mainstream. Skateboarding is mainstream, but not in the same stream as football. They've got entirely different watersheds.
Why shouldn't halfpipe skiing be in the Olympics? Maybe all that money and attention is something we don't want. And with the anti-doping regulations, several of skiing's biggest stars may not be able to compete- although I'd bet that almost anyone would be willing to give up pot for a year in exchange for an Olympic medal. The main problem, seemingly, is that the comp would be organized through FIS, meaning that they'd have no clue what they were doing unless some serious changes took place or a new, freeskiing specific organization--like the IFSA--took control.
Let's hear your opinions. Obviously everyone is allowed to express their point of view openly, but I've arranged with the mods to have blatantly useless post deleted.
how can you say newschool skiing isnt a small sport.. sure it used to be much smaller but compared to other sports its tiny.. much smaller then things we consider to be small sports such as billards and curling etc.
How many people ski? ALOT. How many kids ski? ALOT. How many kids that ski aren't into freestyle? Barely any.
Skiing has blown up as far as participation, the rest has to catch up, but look at the sport 2 years ago... there was one or 2 independtent companies. Look at it today, I couldnt even name you half of them, video companies that are actually good are springing up all over the place, clothing companies, hard goods, soft goods, POLE companies, hat companies, glove companies, ski video games... Kids who are 9 doing switch 10s. Its not an unknown sprot anymore. People dont gasp if someone is landing switch or hitting a rail on skis.
the problem is FIS. most pros dont want degree of difficulty in our sport. no one wants FIS to impose the strict regulations it has put on other events. we cant have FIS start telling everybody what a perfect mute grab looks like or how to do a proper 720. from what ive seen of FIS judged events so far, they do not judge on height at all, which is very different from most other comps
you don't need to give up pot for a year. Just 32 days, lots of excersize and alcohol.
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Snowboarding is still young compared to curling and stuff, and they have halfpipe, we should too. Skiing deserves it.
i cant take him[liam downey] seriously cuz his name reminds me of that downy bear from back when i was a kid -d loc
I don't deny there are bad things in the US right now, hell, 51% of the country to be exact. But god damnit, our country being fat is NOT a problem. I do't give a shit how fat people are. hell, fat kids are harder to kidnap, that means our country is safer.
xgames and FIS are completly separate. i dont think there is a degree of difficulty in snowboarding right now. the major difference in judging is that FIS will take scores from run 1 and run 2. so FIS looks more at consistency rather than an all or nothing run that we see at the xgames. some people dont like this because they say it makes athletes scared of falling, and when your scared to fall you won't attempt a harder trick.
Nine_Milla_Killa, our type of skiing has rapidly expanded, true, but I think far too often we have an exaggerated sense of self-importance. The average non-skier in North America still knows almost nothing about what we do- they may have heard about it, but it'd blow them away to actually see someone slide an urban rail or throw a switch cork 10. And to say that almost all kids who ski are into freestyle is incorrect as well. I'm no good at accurate estimation, but the next time you're on the hill go ahead and count the number of kids age 8-20 with twins skiing in the park as opposed to recreational skiers, racers, whatever. You'll find we're vastly in the minority. This stands true for the business of freeskiing as well- the money in our sport, independent companies and big companies' freeskiing divisions included, is blown away by the funds going into recreational skiing, racing, traditional freestyle, etc.