One less medal opportunity for the 2026 Olympics

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Photo: GEPA Images

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has decided to eliminate the mixed team parallel event from the 2026 Milan Olympics. Notably, the team parallel may not be the only alpine event to be excluded from the upcoming Winter Games. The IOC is also looking into the future of the Alpine Combined. Therefore, within the next 10 months, the IOC will decide whether or not to include the event in the 2026 Winter Olympic program.

Olympic athletes react

Paula Moltzan is among the athletes who have expressed disappointment over the decision to skip the team event at the 2026 Olympics.

YANQING, CHINA, 20.FEB.22 – Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Mixed Team Parallel. Picture shows Lena Duerr (GER) and Mikaela Shiffrin (USA). Photo: GEPA Images

Moltzan reported to ski magazine that she was “extremely disappointed to see the team event excluded from the 2026 Olympics”.

“It’s a fun and exciting event to be a part of,” she told ski magazine by email. “I also think it’s a friendlier event to watch (you can immediately tell who won or lost a round). All of my friends and family said it was their favorite event to watch during Olympics coverage.

Disappointed, USST sports chief Anouk Patty managed to find a silver lining by speaking to Ski Racing Media. She said: “It’s always disappointing to lose a medal opportunity, but looking at all of our sports, we’re delighted that dual moguls and women’s large hill ski jumping have been added to the 2026 Olympics. Additionally, we continue to work with the FIS to identify new alpine opportunities for the Olympics.

Of course, many viewers said the team event is one of the easiest Olympic alpine events to understand. Due to its side-by-side format, it is entertaining and requires less ski racing knowledge to enjoy.

River Radamus supported this view, telling Ski Magazine that the event format “has the ability to engage the uninitiated viewer better than any alpine event”.

Stay tuned in the coming months for more announcements from the IOC.

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