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Old 02-05-2014, 10:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Thoughts on freeride skiing and snowboards in the Olympics? Essentially just FWT in the Olympics.
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Old 02-05-2014, 10:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It would be fucking AMAZING... I'd be stoked to see T. Rice, Nico, Gigi and J. Jones up there competing for Olympic medals... sadly the Olympic committee isn't likely to ever do it because those comps (when done right) require a lot of great snow and a lot of great terrain, which is sorely lacking from many Winter Olympics venues. Hell, Sochi is still being built and having to truck snow in, and in the Vancouver Olympics, they were hurting for snow too.

The Supernatural contests definitely provide their fill of entertainment though, so there's no need for the Olympics.
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It would be fucking AMAZING... I'd be stoked to see T. Rice, Nico, Gigi and J. Jones up there competing for Olympic medals... sadly the Olympic committee isn't likely to ever do it because those comps (when done right) require a lot of great snow and a lot of great terrain, which is sorely lacking from many Winter Olympics venues. Hell, Sochi is still being built and having to truck snow in, and in the Vancouver Olympics, they were hurting for snow too.

The Supernatural contests definitely provide their fill of entertainment though, so there's no need for the Olympics.
I see your point. However the whole snow problem I don't know how much of an issue it could be. They could just fly out into the backcountry to a place that they had scouted early before the event. Blow it to make it safe and then ride.

I don't really consider the supernatural event a freeride event. I would call it a hybrid of the two. Too much of the judging was based on tricks instead of going huge.
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Fwt doesn't matter too much on conditions, if it's low snow it makes the runs more technical. My son does the junior tour, they share the same US venues. They are intense when there is low snow..... The.judging is totally different than a supernatural event judging. based on scoring and what not it would take the big name guys you lister a lot to get to the top of the qualifying list of fwt. riding big pow lines is not technical or what judging looks for. They give higher scoring for gnarly Rocky cliffy technical lines. Jones or XDLR would be more suited.for it... Not better or worse than the other big names just totally different.
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Old 02-05-2014, 10:20 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I see your point. However the whole snow problem I don't know how much of an issue it could be. They could just fly out into the backcountry to a place that they had scouted early before the event. Blow it to make it safe and then ride.
The only problem with that is the cost/logistics. They would be enormous, especially considering the fact that the IOC mandates that there be a certain amount of seating and amenities for every event... which means that they would ALSO have to fly out a crowd, bleachers, support staff, bathrooms, food, etc. to the backcountry. No way they'd go for that.

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I don't really consider the supernatural event a freeride event. I would call it a hybrid of the two. Too much of the judging was based on tricks instead of going huge.
Fair enough. I dig the tricks and I especially like how in that event, it's NOT "spin to win", it's about working the natural terrain and having fun. It's one of the only types of events where style can win over everything else.
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As Hank suggested, it would be a logistical nightmare for the Olympics. Just too many variables at play. You need good snowfall, you need to create a way for spectators to watch, you would have to create a judging system. No way the IOC would go for it. Remember when the winter Olympics were in BC and it wasn't snowing? They had to bring in snow by the truckload to build parks, pipes, etc. That wouldn't be feasible for building a big mountain course. I'd love to see it, but it's not gonna happen.
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