SOCHI, RUSSIA (NBC) -
As the world gathers in Sochi celebrating the rich history and spirit of the Olympics there is also now, an eye toward a younger audience with twelve new events that could turn the tradition of the games literally upside down.
"We have to make sure that the games remain relevant, and cater for all tastes, all audiences, all age groups,” IOC Sports Director Christophe Dubi said.
To do that the international Olympic committee is counting on the high speed and high flying aerobatics of sports like: ski halfpipe, with skiers spinning and flipping off the pipe, and ski and snowboard slopestyle. For skiers it's a downhill course with three jib areas, a rail and three jumps, while snowboarders perform on the rail and jumps.
"I think it's going to be huge for the whole world to see what's it's all about and how fun and free and creative it is,” U.S. snowboarder Jamie Anderson said.
Men and women will be competing together for the first time ever in a figure skating team event. In the luge relay, each country races a man, woman and team one after another, and sliders must hit a touchpad as they cross the finish line.
There will also be snowboard parallel slalom in Sochi where boarders race side by side and after going to court to try and get the sport into the Vancouver games women ski jumpers will get their chance to compete in Sochi.
"This is new for all of us and we have all had this common goal for so long to try to get our sport into the Olympic program, and we're finally going to be able to do that, together, and it's kind of special,” U.S. ski jumper Jessica Jerome said.