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Six New Events Added for 2014 Sochi Olympics


In this photo taken Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010 the construction of the Grand Ice Arena is seen in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, southern Russia. Sochi will host Winter Olympic games in 2014.

In this photo taken Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010 the construction of the Grand Ice Arena is seen in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, southern Russia. Sochi will host Winter Olympic games in 2014.

The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia will have six new events, including women's ski jumping.

International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge announced in London Tuesday that the board also approved the addition of men's and women's ski halfpipe, mixed relay in biathlon and team events in luge and figure skating. That means an extra 150 athletes will compete in the Russian Black Sea resort city.

Women's ski jumping had long campaigned to be in the Winter Games and even lost a legal battle for inclusion at last year's Vancouver Olympics.

Rogge said the newest additions "are exciting, entertaining events that perfectly complement the existing events on the sports program" and they "bring added appeal and increase the number of women participating at the games.''

Proposals for inclusion of slopestyle events in snowboard and freestyle skiing and a team Alpine skiing event were put on hold for further review.

In the new event of ski halfpipe, skiers score points for performing tricks and jumps on the same course used for the snowboard halfpipe.

The only remaining Winter Olympics event that does not have both male and female representation is Nordic combined, which features ski jumping followed by a cross country ski race.

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