IOC approves new events for 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The IOC has approved new events in snowboarding, Alpine skiing, speedskating and curling for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Big Air in snowboarding, mass start in speedskating, mixed doubles in curling, and a team skiing event were ratified Monday by the International Olympic Committee executive board.

The snowboard parallel slalom event, meanwhile, was dropped from the Olympic program.

Under IOC rules, events and disciplines can be added or removed up until three years before the games.

The IOC has been determined to attract younger audiences, as evidenced by the addition of halfpipe and slopestyle events at recent Winter Olympics. Now it looks like snowboard’s Big Air will be the latest step in that goal.