2. Sochi Winter Olympics

Mike Brindley Mike Brindley

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Ok, so even with all these other events going on, you’ve still got to be pretty hyped for Sochi 2014. The first Olympic slopestyle competition is kind of a big deal… No? Well you could have fooled us!

The way people go on about it you’d think snowboarding had never been on the global stage before – and to be honest, in many ways they’re right. In the eyes of the world this is a step up from a one dimensional sport where halfpipe is the ultimate aim (competitively), to a wider recognition of a multi-disciplinary spectacle with as many different characters as Chinese calligraphy.

Understandably, people are worried. From fears about having enough snow at the Black Sea resort after two test events were cancelled last February, to Terje’s open letter and how this olympics, controlled by the FIS, will determine the future of the sport.

Ultimately what a lot will come down to in 2014 is how the FIS set up the event. The fact that they’ve been allowed to present slopestyle snowboarding to the world is pretty much akin to having the Queen present the Mobo awards.

We’re honestly hoping they’ll pull it off but we’re still a little worried if this edit is anything to go by:

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