FIS debuts details for the 2014 Olympic Slopestyle course
With Sochi 2014 on the horizon, FIS has given us a little insight into the details and design of the Olympic slopestyle course. The competition venue is located at Rosa Khutor ski area, and is set to host a total of 20 Snowboard and Freestyle Skiing events.
“A team of experts worked with several groups in many meetings, and of course riders and skiers exchanged thoughts and ideas for what would work best to have spectacular events. We surveyed the best slopestyle courses, jumps rails sessions around the world collecting athlete’s comments and developed the final design that will provide a good flow and include a variable and creative jib section,” noted Roberto Moresi, who is the FIS Snowboard Coordinator for Freestyle Events
Get more info on what to expect in the press release below.
The details of the course have been highly anticipated as Ski and Snowboard slopestyle will be introduced for the first time as Olympic events in Sochi. The competition venue, which will stage a total of 20 Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard competitions, is located at the Rosa Khutor ski area.
The course in Rosa Khutor was designed by Anders Forsell, FIS Technical Advisor for slopestyle who has developed many previous courses for the FIS World Cup and World Championships, FIS Snowboard Coordinator for Freestyle Events, Roberto Moresi and Davide Cerato an expert in the field working for the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee. In close cooperation with Rosa Khutor every possible square meter of space was used.
“The design of the course was an example of great collaboration between the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee and FIS technical experts,” said Uwe Beier, FIS Snowboard Race Director.
“We are looking forward to the first ever Olympic slopestyle competition. We are all glad that this fantastic and entertaining event was integrated into the Games programme. The final confirmation of including slopestyle into the Games only came two years ago, which meant that there was no time to lose in the design and building process. Everyone involved worked extremely hard to get to the point we are today and now we can all look forward to the construction process.”
The 635 meter course at Rosa Khutor features three jumps that get progressively bigger, allowing the athletes the chance to build momentum and execute their biggest and best jumps at the bottom of the course.
“It has been a long process to get to this point where we can release the slopestyle course,” said Joseph Fitzgerald, FIS Freestyle Skiing Coordinator.
“Everyone, from the course designer to the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee and FIS experts are committed to providing the best-possible course for the Olympic debut. It is going to be a great introduction for this event, which goes back to the basic roots of freestyle skiing.”
Under the direction of Forsell, the course will be constructed by the Freestyle and Snowboard staff of the Russian Federation along with the support of the Rosa Khutor staff.
An international field of expert groomers have been contracted specifically to build the different features. The finishing touches will be adding the Olympic look and feel to the course in addition to adding a Russian flare that is sure to give the course a spectacular visual effect.