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7 new events added to Winter Olympics to boost women's participation

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Norway's Felix Usterud in action during the big air competition at the X Games this year.
Norway's Felix Usterud in action during the big air competition at the X Games this year.
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THE BEIJING WINTER Olympics in 2022 will feature seven new events as the IOC pushes for a more gender-balanced and youth-focused format, say organisers.

The next Games will see mixed team events introduced in short-track relay skating, ski-jumping, aerials and snowboard cross as organisers push the fun possible in team sports.

In addition, Freestyle big air (an extreme version of slopestyle) has been introduced as a new discipline and women can now compete in the solo bobsled event.

“The addition of these new events for Beijing 2022 reflects our continued commitment to make the Olympic Games more youthful and gender balanced,” IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell said today.

“I am very pleased to see the increase of female athletes, especially in such exciting, ground-breaking events,” he said.

PyeongChang '18: Cross Country Skiing Women The women's 30km cross-country ski in Pyeongchang. Source: Zuma Press/PA Images

The plan is to have 1,314 women involved in the Games, just over 45% per cent of the total and up from this year’s 41%.

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