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FIS to seek Olympic halfpipe

ANTALYA, Turkey – The FIS Congress unanimously passed a resolution asking for the inclusion of ski halfpipe in the 2014 winter games as a medal sport. The proposal was introduced by the United States and France and was passed unopposed.

Luke Bodensteiner, USSA vice president athletics, presented the case to the Congress, saying that inclusion of ski halfpipe would be well received by youth around the world.

The resolution was endorsed by Canada’s Chris Robinson, Freestyle Committee Chair and the individual considered the architect of the freestyle discipline. The resolution asks the FIS to aggressively push the inclusion of discipline with the International Olympic Committee.

FIS president, Gian Franco Kasper, noted that the final decision rested with the International Olympic committee. He expected the IOC to make the decision late this year or early 2011.

Ski halfpipe has been included in freestyle World Championships since 2005.

Hank McKee

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