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“Dubi said more time was needed to study the technical aspects of the slopestyle and Alpine team events, but they could still be added to the Sochi program. A final decision on those events is expected in late May or early June, Dubi said. In slopestyle, athletes do tricks while going down the mountain and through "features" -- rails, big jumps and bumps. American snowboard star Shaun White, who won halfpipe gold in Vancouver, has said he would like to add slopestyle to his schedule if it's approved for Sochi. Ski slopestyle is similar to the snowboard version. In ski halfpipe, skiers score points for performing tricks and jumps on the same course used for the snowboard halfpipe. "The event is extremely spectacular," Dubi said. Dubi said the IOC decision on which events to accept was not influenced by Sochi organizers or their hopes for Russian medals. "It never came into the discussion," he said. "They have very successful athletes in slopestyle, snowboarding in particular." U.S women's ski jumpers gathered in Park City, Utah, for a teleconference to listen to the announcement that their sport would be included in Sochi. "It's a relief," said Lindsey Van, the 2009 world champion. "We worked really hard for this. It feels really good to finally finish it. It's just a big relief for me and I'm really excited for the future of the sport." At 26, Van is unsure whether she'll still be competing in three years. "I was fighting for the sport and the future of the sport, not necessarily for my future," she said. "So, it's exciting to see what happens in the future." Luke Bodensteiner, an executive vice president of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, also welcomed the IOC decisions to include women's ski jumping and ski halfpipe. "At ski areas worldwide, millions of kids are skiing in halfpipes," he said. "Including freeskiing in the Olympics opens the door to millions of youth to share in the Olympic dream."
We worked really hard for this. It feels really good to finally finish it. It's just a big relief for me and I'm really excited for the future of the sport.” -- U.S. ski jumper Lindsey Van