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Winter Olympic Games 2026 Olympic Sports Programme

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2 minutes ago, Grassmarket said:


Problem with including natural track is that they are asking for potentially four extra medals,  which I don’t see the IOC accepting at all.  It’s the equivalent of a whole new sport.

I don’t know, it does require a good amount of quotas. However, Italy is very good in the discipline, so they will campaign hard to add it to the program. They are supposed to be allowed, as the host, to add events/sports that are popular, or that the host country wishes to help grew, within their nation. 

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26 minutes ago, Grassmarket said:


Problem with including natural track is that they are asking for potentially four extra medals,  which I don’t see the IOC accepting at all.  It’s the equivalent of a whole new sport.

Just adding to my earlier thoughts after reading that N.Y. Times article about brain injuries in sliding sports...

 

It may be worth thinking about replacing artificial track luge with natural track luge. There’s many advantages to the switch. The venue and track building costs would likely by much lower for organizers. I think/believe natural track luge is much safer for athletes, than artificial track luge. I think more countries could become involved in natural track luge because than artificial luge. Luge would maintain the current number of events/medals it has at the Olympic Games. 


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1 godzinę temu, Grassmarket napisał:


Problem with including natural track is that they are asking for potentially four extra medals,  which I don’t see the IOC accepting at all.  It’s the equivalent of a whole new sport.

It wasn't a problem when in Sochi we get four new competitions on both Snowboarding and Freestyle Skiing. Winter Games are not so big as summer edition and IOC seems to not affraid of adding new competitions at big scale. This is one of the reasons that there is smaller and smaller number of candidates for host every four years.

 

29 minut temu, Olympian1010 napisał:

It may be worth thinking about replacing artificial track luge with natural track luge. There’s many advantages to the switch.

I disagree. There are more countries competing on artificials. The track had to be build unless you get rid off bobsleigh and skeleton too. And of course there is something called tradition ;) 

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13 hours ago, Grassmarket said:


Problem with including natural track is that they are asking for potentially four extra medals,  which I don’t see the IOC accepting at all.  It’s the equivalent of a whole new sport.

Italy is a powerhouse of natural track luge. I think that the inclusion chances are around 75/80.

 

Same discussion about ski mountaineering

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Just now, Gianlu33 said:

Italy is a powerhouse of natural track luge. I think that the inclusion chances are around 75/80.

 

Same discussion about ski mountaineering


You might be right.  Perhaps the Olympics will have to move to a model other Multination, Multi-Sport events have where you have a fixed core group of events that appear in every Games, then a flexible fringe group that appear at different hosts depending on facilities, local popularity etc.

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Natural track luge as part of Cortina 2026 sounds like @phelps' wet dream...


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14 hours ago, NearPup said:

Women’s doubles seems pretty inevitable. Natural track less so, but if it ever gets included it will be now.

 

Yes. If we've learned one thing by now, it's that events don't need to have a decent level of competition and a proven regular series of top-level events before being included in the Olympics. Sadly. Like women's Nordic combined it should eventually be added, but not yet.

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14 hours ago, Olympian1010 said:

Just because we strayed onto this topic a little, here’s a fascinating map put together by Google based on YouTube streaming trends the year leading up to Pyeongchang 2018.

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I knew there'd be street parties watching speed skating in the back alleys of Accra and Nairobi. Also, Namibia is clearly not letting go of it's German heritage :lol: 

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13 hours ago, Olympian1010 said:

It may be worth thinking about replacing artificial track luge with natural track luge.

 

And a whole host of disadvantages. It's basically like replacing track cycling with cyclo-cross. I mean, it's both done on two wheels and you wouldn't need a cycling track anymore, so what's the problem? Every country can get some mud together.

 

Seriously thinking about replacing artificial track with natural track luge makes one wonder if people in favor of that actually ever watch said sports, because in that case one would realize it's just two totally different sports.

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14 hours ago, Olympian1010 said:

Just because we strayed onto this topic a little, here’s a fascinating map put together by Google based on YouTube streaming trends the year leading up to Pyeongchang 2018.

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Bobsleigh? It should be figure/speed skating for SE Asia

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