Winter Sports

Winter X Games 15

For the 10th consecutive year, the Winter X Games 15 will be held in Aspen, Colorado. Watch the highest-rated winter game event of the year January 27-30, 2011.


2018 Winter Olympics

The 2018 Winter Olympics seem a world away, but bidding for the host country is already well underway. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently confirmed South Korea’s Pyeongchang, Germany’s Munich, and France’s Annecy as the main bidders.

After a first review, Munich and Pyeongchang appeared to be at the same level as far as sport sites. Gilbert Felli, IOC’s Olympic Games executive director said, “The expert group decided that the cities of Munich and Pyeongchang should be retained without reservation.” As for Annecy, the IOC still needs to review the concept of their sports sites after certain challenges emerged.

Final bids detailing each candidate’s projects will be submitted by January 11, 2011. Commissioners will then participate in an on-site visit and full evaluation of each project. A month after the IOC commission reports back on June 6, the host for the games will finally be chosen.

Team Russia

Team Russia athletes are already feeling the pressure for the 2014 Sochi Games. At the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, the Russian national team consisted of 177 athletes, but the outcome was the worst ever in the countries history. Preparation and training is already underway, as the team spends the next four years working to improve their freestyle, short track, snowboard, curling, and ski jump.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev put pressure on senior sports officials to resign from their posts, considering the team took home only three golds, five silvers, and seven bronzes in 2010. Since then, Leonid Tyagachyov resigned from his position as Russia’s Olympic Committee head.

Russia will take 215 athletes to compete in 86 different competitions at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Hopes are high for Team Russia as they work towards their history in Olympic golds.

Women Jumpers and the Olympics

For women ski jumpers, the 2010 Vancouver Games weren’t as action packed as they would have liked. Instead of competing they had to watch from the sidelines, but that’s nothing new…for now.

Despite a major push to win approval, women ski jumpers weren’t allowed to compete at the games. In fact, ski jumpers have been petitioning since the 1998 Nagano Olympics, but the International Olympics Committee (IOC) has denied women jumpers every time. Even though the IOC opened all future sports to both men and women in 1991, that decision didn’t change the rules for ski jumping.

As one of the 16 original events in the inaugural Winter Games, ski jumping has a longstanding history in the Olympics dating back to 1924. Since then, the times have changed drastically, minus the fact that ski jumping still remains a men only event. Changes are only now coming about for the 2011-12 season after the approval of a World Cup circuit for women by the International Ski Federation. The unanimous vote has given women ski jumpers a renewed sense of hope that they’ll finally be competing in the 2014 Sochi Games in Russia.

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