Which Events and Sports Should be Included in the Winter Olympics?

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    What sports and events that are not in the Winter Olympics do you think should be added?

    First a few quick notes:

    The IOC defines the following:

    Sport: All events operated by a governing body (ex. skating)
    Discipline: Basically what we would call a sport in everyday language (ex. short track speed skating)
    Event: A single medal event (ex. Men's 500m)

    Getting a new sport in would be most difficult, as the IOC would need to recognize the governing body
    New disciplines and events are regularly added to the program

    The 2022 Olympics have not confirmed any new events or sports, but the ones being considered are:

    -Women's competitions in Nordic Combined
    -Mixed Team Ski Jumping
    -Big Air (freestyle skiing)
    -Natural Luge Track (singles)
    -Women's Doubles Luge
    -Luge sprint (singles and doubles)
    -Bandy

    Here is a list of all the remaining winter sports and events at world championships run by IOC recognized governing bodies that I could find:

    Climbing and Mountaineering
    (showcases have been held ahead of the 2014 and 2018 Olympics, they are trying to be a demonstration at 2020 Youth Olympics, and a sport at the 2022 Olympics)

    Disciplines: Ice Climbing
    Events: Speed, Lead

    Speed: Win a race against a competitor




    Lead (Not clear on how this works, a set course with a time limit. Must be some sort of judging involved???)



    Orienteering
    (A quick search shows that the IOF has made attempts in the past to include it in the Olympics, but not much recent info is out there)

    Disciplines: Ski Orienteering
    Events: Long, Middle, Sprint, Relay, Mixed Sprint Relay

    Cross country ski to a bunch of points given on a map (in the right order) without any trails defined



    Ski Mountaineering

    (Will have competitions at the 2020 youth olympics)

    Ski a course that has uphill and downhill portions, and even portions that require you to take off the skis and carry them

    Events: Team, Individual (2020 YOG), Sprint (2020 YOG), Relay (2020 YOG), Vertical

    Team:
    Ski Mountaineering - World Championship 2017 Team Race

    Vertical:
    ISMF Skimountaineering World Cup 2016 - Font Blanca - Vertical Race

    Luge

    Doubles and Team events on Natural Track

    Nordic Combined

    Team - Normal Hill

    Freestyle Skiing

    Dual Moguls


    Snowboarding

    Parallel Slalom
    Snowboard Cross Team

    Ski Jumping

    Ski Flying

    Alpine Skiing

    Telemark Skiing (Sprint, Parallel Sprint, Classic, Giant Slalom)

    Speed Skiing

    Speed Skating

    500m

    Short Track Speed Skating

    3000m

    Figure Skating

    Synchronized Skating
     
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    Skating - Red Bull Crashed Ice - Same as they do it normally
     
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    Dog sled racing.

    Skijoring.

    Polar Bear swimming.
     
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    Ski Patrol Rescue teams. This could involve exercises like First Aid Evacuations or Heavy Avalanche Rescue, where a rescue beacon is used and retrieved in a timed competition.
     
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    Red Bull Crashed Ice (Downhill Ice Cross) would be perfect for the Winter Olympics. Its fast, dangerous, highly competitive, and draws a good sized crowd when events are held. The only concern I would have is if the IOC would recognize a governing body because of Red Bull's heavy involvement with the sport.

    A form of 3 on 3 ice hockey would be welcomed as well.
     
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    Ice hockey featuring NHL players.
     
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    Ringette would be pretty awesome but apparently there aren't enough male players at a high enough talent level to make it an Olympic sport... although I'm not sure how you could then reasonably justify the initial inclusion of women's hockey in 1998.
     
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    I miss long range cross country, classical style.
    Oh, and some more competitions for women, like ski jumping and nordic combined. Women still only have one ski jumping competition (despite usually being technically better than their male counterparts, according to Toni Innauer).
     
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    right? like there were a lot of "men only" sports, so having just one woman only sport shouldn't be that bad.
     
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    Yukigassen - Japanese Snowball Fighting - there are now more than a hundred teams around the world and championships in Europe, Russia, Japan and North America.
     
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    They do have a few (at least in the summer). Synchronized swimming, rhythmic gymnastics, and heptathlon off the top of my head..
     
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    yah so ringtte shouldn't be an issue
     
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    I don't think being basically a solo gender sport is the primary thing prohibiting ringette from being included. The IRF has only six members. Also it would likely require at least one additional rink (one of the most expensive venues).
     
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    I heard tug of War used to be an Olympic event. It should be again.
     
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    I like the idea of the ice climbing. More speed skating would always be awesome, love speed skating(the bigger one, short track is too much of a cluster for me).
     
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    It was between 1900 to 1920, and is currently in the World Games.
     
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    Also @Daisy Jane

    Synchronized swimming is classified as a discipline under FINA, which has male competitors. Similar with rhythmic gymnastics and FIG. Heptathlon is the female version of the decathlon and is governed by the IAAF.

    Ringette is governed by its own separate federation and doesn't (apparently) have enough male participants at the top international level to justify its inclusion. If it was governed by the IIHF (for example, don't kill me here - I know ringette isn't hockey) which has male competitors in other disciplines under its federation's umbrella, it would be eligible.
     
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    Apparently ski-archery (basically biathlon with a bow) is a thing. But there isn't much information about the world championships online.
     
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    That sounds awesome. I`d definitely watch that.
     
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    me too!
     
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    Snow volleyball is being demo'd in Korea right now...

    It likely never will because there is nothing about snow volleyball that is better/more entertaining than their summer counterparts. It's literally just diluted skills beach volleyball.
     
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