By Jeff Schmuck

The International Olympic Committe has delayed its decision on whether halfpipe and slopestyle skiing will be approved for 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia until next year.

Halfpipe and slopestyle skiing, along with snowboard slopestyle, women's ski jumping, mixed relay in biathlon and team events in alpine skiing, figure skating and luge were on all the docket for approval today at the IOC Board meeting in Acapulco, Mexico.

While one of the events, the team event in alpine skiing, was rejected, the IOC announced that although it looks "favorably" on the proposed events, they won't make a final decision until next year, saying they need more time to review the events.

Winter X Games Skiing Halfpipe gold medalist Kevin Rolland. Photo: John Vandervalk

The move follows the The International Ski Federation (FIS) unanimously pitching halfpipe skiing to the IOC Program Commission in September, who approved the sport for inclusion in the 2014 Winter Olympics late last month while additionally and unexpectedly suggesting ski slopestyle as well.

Winter X Games Skiing Slopestyle gold medalist Bobby Brown. Photo: John Vandervalk

The last piece of the puzzle was for the IOC Executive Board to give their final seal of approval on the decision, which was originally expected to take place today prior to the delay.

The wait continues.

Photo: Jeff Schmuck


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