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Sorry but its not that simple. It is impossible to predict exactly how the olympics will affect skiing, but the fact that it will have a variety of affects is certain. Not only the amount of money coming from companies will change, the distribution and direction of that money may change as well. The worlds general opinion of skiing will change. Many of the affects of these new olympic events will be positive, however there will be negatives as well. I am in no way against halfpipe and slopestyle being in the olympics. I know how much it means to the skiers who will be involved. I just hope the events are ran the right way, with a great course and ok judging. Lets face it any event you walk away from and say the judging was ok it was actually really good. I would personally really like to see a style rule involved such as a trick with less rotation than a 1080 or a creativity score for the rail section or something. What I personally hope comes out of this is better parks around the world to ski on. I think all freeskiers can agree that more jumps and jibs for everyone to ski on would be a good thing. I guss I just urge everyone to be cautious and take a bit more of a wait and see approach with the olympics before making a commited statement as to how great it is. It certainly has the potential to be amazing, and I support the inclusion, but i worry what might happen at the same time.
Anyone know if this could help bring back the U.S. Open in any way?