After a huge backlash to the news that the International Ski Federation (FIS) planned to use the same judging panel for Freeskiing and Snowboarding during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, the organisation has decided to revise the decision.
FIS originally announced the measure to reduce costs but it was over ruled when athletes and several national governing bodies were heard by FIS, which works with the IOC to officiate the snow sports at each Olympic Games. U.S. Freeskiing and Snowboarding director Jeremy Forster told ESPN.com "From what I observed, there was near unanimous support for separate judging panels". The athletes took to the web expressing their relief, Louie Vito ‘great news to wake up to!! No shared judging at the 2014 olympics!!!’
The freeskiing World Cup circuit includes eight venues in seven nations, with six slopestyle events and six halfpipe events, starting with a World Cup halfpipe contest in New Zealand in August. That's a large increase from last winter, when each discipline only had two World Cup events, all but one of which took place in the U.S.
The snowboarding World Cup schedule includes six stops in five countries, with six halfpipe contests and three slopestyle contests -- an increase from four pipe events and one slope event last winter.