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just think.if pipe skiin becomes olympic sport in 2014..russians barely know how to ski(no offence but they really suck at it)so what do they know about pipe skiing.baseball and softball just got kicked out of olympics because no one watched those sports.and in 2014 pipe skiing would be exhibition sport.so imagine exhibition sport that no one watches.in 2010 would be different.people would come to watch it and it would be more popular than some other sports at the olympics.
i dont know why america wouldnt take this more seriously i mean the only medals we get in the winter olympics is snowboarding half pipe. america is home to some of the best pipe skiers... stupid america. they could win some more winter medals. theyre just ignorant.
skiing down a halfpipe is not "olympic" status mind you there are some corny ass games in the olympics but mostly because of olympic tradition. big mountain skiing would be a much better dicipline to put in the olympics.
how can you say that skiing big mountain doesnt require hours of practice, but skiing pipe does? i can "ski" down a pipe much easier than the terrain in big mtn comps. both take a lot of practice, and balls, but neither will prolly make it to the olympics. maybe in russia, but i still doubt it. we need more publicity. freestyle skiing is growing tremendously, but not enough for olympic status yet. theres only a handfull of countries involved so.
Oh yeah, and about your comment that Russians barely know how to ski, you should learn some history about the roots of this shit..
Sergei Shupletsov from Russia, before his tragic death in a motorbike crash, was one of the greatest mogul skiers of all time, and many people in our sport like JP Auclair, etc. still cite him as one of their biggest infuences.
Vancouver would be pppeeerrfeecctt to debut halfpipe skiing. I dont see why the olympic commite havnt allowed it yet when its just as much as a sport as ariels is like we do spins and flips to except we make it steezy.
compare a good snowboarding run from the 06' olympics and either tanner or simon from last years xgames. the result is that skiing pipe is not the on same level as snowboarding. the only place skiing stands out is amplitude.