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|Looking forward to the Winter Olympics: a FIS/TTR partnership Task Force has been formed.|
After months of rumored talks about the future of competitive snowboarding and the possible inclusion of slopestyle in the 2014 Winter Olympics, it seems snowboarding governing bodies TTR and FIS have made some progress in negotiations.
The TTR, an organizing body of high-profile, international snowboarder-run contests that was formed by Terje Haakonsen -- the snowboarder made famous by his boycott of the 1998 Winter Olympics -- historically has been at odds with the International Ski Federation (FIS), the organization that oversees snowboarding and ski-related events in the Winter Olympics.
On Friday, both organizations announced the creation of a freestyle snowboard task force, which will focus on creating a "strategy for competitive freestyle snowboarding."
"The immediate focus for the group will be to generate a proposal for the IOC that centers on developing a fair system for freestyle snowboard athletes to qualify for the Olympics that includes the best FIS World Cup events and the best TTR events," TTR said.According to FIS, "The immediate focus for the group will be to work on the coordination of global calendars for competitive freestyle snowboarding." Even though the group tasked with coming up with a unified strategy was not able to come up with a unified mission statement, the fact that the task force was formed at all is notable.