FIS unveils Olympic ski and snowboard
cross course SR STAFF REPORT Cross Words
The FIS has released the ski and snowboard cross course
designs for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
The course is located in the so-called “Extreme Park” at
the 1,000-meter level of Rosa Khutor ski area. The cus-tom-designed track, which will be created in cooperation
between the freestyle skiing and snowboarding disciplines,
will provide one of the most dramatic settings for two sports.
Ski cross was introduced at Vancouver Olympic Winter
Games in 2010. Four years later, the 1,200-meter course at
Sochi in 2014 will consist of a series of eight turn sections
punctuated by a series of jumps.
The ski cross track will share a start and finish area, as
well as around 80 percent of the course, with snowboarding. There will be one area where the course will split into
separate ski and snowboard sections in order to more specifically target each respective discipline’s skills. Twelve different events will end in this custom built competition venue, which is located near the halfpipe, aerials, and moguls
venue (known as the HAM Stadium), and just more than a
kilometer from the Olympic alpine skiing venue.