in my opinion skiing will never get as big as snowboarding based purley on the fact that when people think of skiing they thibk of racing wich to the modern youth doesnt look that cool. but snowboarding they see people like shaun white wearing their baggy clothes and they think he looks cool. if we could get pipe into the olympics i really think the sport of freeskiing would take off but untill that day comes snowboarding will be bigger. which in someways is a parradoxial situation aka more people seeing snowboarding in the olympics more people start to do it so more people want to see it in the olypics.
it could be that freestyle skiing already moguls, dual moguls, arials, and now skicross. no more room for freestyle disciplines right now. hopefully they'll cut arials and then halfpipe will probably be added but that won't happen while the chinese and canadians are dominating the arials disciplines on both men's and women's sides.
as i've said before, petitions, facebook groups, etc... won't do shit until there's more participation in the FIS pro circuit. when FIS added a skicross tour, the support was overwhelming.
im calling bullshit on subjectively judged sports issue. if they're looking to change everything based on one incident, maybe the IOC should shut everything down all together.