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7 events added to 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics; women’s Nordic combined misses cut

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The International Olympic Committee added seven medal events to the 2022 Beijing Winter Games in a planning meeting Wednesday, but women’s Nordic combined did not make the cut.

At a glance

New Olympic winter sports for 2022

Women:

• Monobob

• Big air freestyle skiing

Men:

• Big air freestyle skiing

Mixed:

• Short-track speed skating

• Ski jumping

• Ski aerials

• Snowboardcross

The next Winter Olympics will now include women’s monobob, big air freestyle skiing for men and women, plus mixed team events in short-track speed skating, ski jumping, ski aerials and snowboardcross.

A women’s Nordic combined event — mixing cross-country skiing and ski jumping — will not join the Olympic program because the overall quality of competition and variety of countries taking part was not “at a level appropriate to being included,” the IOC official said.

“We were optimistic that our athletes would be able to shine in women’s Nordic combined,” USA Nordic Executive Director Billy Demong was quoted as saying in a news release. “However, they will continue to train as their spirit may be temporarily dampened but their passions will be reignited.”

The 2022 Olympics also will see a reduction in how many athletes will compete.

In an attempt to cut organizing costs, amid recent failures of potential bidders in Europe for the 2026 Winter Games, there will be no additional venues required and 41 fewer athletes in Beijing than the 2,933 competitors at the Pyeongchang Olympics in February.

IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell said changes for Beijing were “really sending a strong message about controlling the size of the Olympic Winter Games.”

Sports losing athletes from their Olympic quota include 41 in skiing disciplines, 26 from skating and 20 in biathlon. Women’s ice hockey will grow by two teams to become a 10-nation lineup instead, adding 46 athletes.

McConnell said an improved gender balance will see 45.4 percent female athletes in Beijing, rising from 41.1 percent in Pyeongchang.


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