The International Ski Federation (FIS) has officially proposed the inclusion of telemark skiing at the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022, to the International Olympic Committee.
The FIS have proposed the telemark parallel sprint and the mixed-gender team parallel sprint events to be included in the 2022 games.
Telemark racing differs from alpine ski racing in many aspects of course design. Telemark race courses often contain not only slalom gates, but jumps, flats and uphill portions. This is because the free-heel nature of telemark means that athletes are able to participate in a wider range of challenges through the race.
FIS Telemark tweeted: “We’re delighted to announce that our proposal for Telemark Parallel Sprint and Team Parallel Sprint to be included in a proposal to the IOC [Executive Board] has been approved by FIS. The next stage is the IOC vote in June. #FISCongress #FISTelemark #MakeTelemarkOlympic”
Following the approval of the proposal, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will consider in July whether they will add these events to the Games or not.
GB Telemark skier Jasmin Taylor was present at the FIS Congress Meeting in Costa Navarino, Greece, where the decision was made. She was there as part of a group to represent the athletes’ viewpoints and was (understandably) very excited by the vote’s outcome. Five time British champion and the first Briton to win a World Championship medal in telemark skiing, Jasmin is highly passionate about the campaign to make Telemark an Olympic sport. Take a look at her latest blog post on the news here.
This is huge! Telemark will take the next step forward in the Olympic process! Please spread the news far and wide. #MakeTelemarkOlympic #FISCongress #FISTelemark #SpreadTelemark https://t.co/hdN3yyBF2D
— Jasmin Taylor (@jaztelemark) May 18, 2018
Telemark skiing joins a number of other disciplines which have been submitted for consideration in future Olympic Games by the FIS governing body. These include a freestyle ski Big Air event (men and women) as well as mixed team ski jumping and women’s Nordic combined individual events.
We’re delighted to announce that our proposal for Telemark Parallel Sprint and Team Parallel Sprint to be included in a proposal to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has been approved by the International Ski Federation (FIS). The next stage is the IOC vote in June.#FISCongress #FISTelemark #MakeTelemarkOlympic #SpreadTelemark
Posted by FIS Telemark on Friday, 18 May 2018