Sochi 2014: IOC get goosebumps watching slopestyle snowboard debut

Sochi 2014: Snowboard slopestyle seems set for many years as an Olympic sport after memorable first Games

Staying relevant: Christophe Dubi Photo: JerryKokesh/YouTube

Judging by the paper’s reaction to Jenny Jones’ bronze medal yesterday, the UK has fallen for slopestyle – but it seems we are not the only ones.

Christophe Dubi, International Olympic Committee sports director, described the event as “extraordinary” and believes new sports like this keep the Games relevant and help attract a younger audience.

“Thanks to the riders, we really had goosebumps watching slopestyle snowboarding,” Dubi said.

The barometer for me is the kids we have around us. I have one 11-year-old and I can tell you he is following the snowboarding in front of the TV

IOC sports director Christophe Dubi

“Of course, we need to have and to preserve our history. It is very important. At the same time we have to remain relevant and make sure that we capture new audiences as well.

“The barometer for me is the kids we have around us. I have one 11-year-old and I can tell you he is following the snowboarding in front of the TV.”

Slopestyle is one of 12 new events being showcased in Sochi, many of which were introduced at the Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck in 2012.

“A great source of satisfaction from an IOC standpoint is the fact that our Youth Games have served as a platform for testing new sports, new disciplines, new events,” Dubi continued.

“What we see here is the result of the work that has been done previously in the Youth Games.”

Team GB will be hoping these new disciplines bring more medal success when Katie Summerhayes competes in the ski slopestyle tomorrow morning.

The 18-year-old, who won the first World Cup skiing medal by a British female in 19 years last season, has an excellent chance to build on Jones’ success at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.

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