Among the big items discussed at this year’s TTR General Assembly in Stockholm is a focus on establishing a new Olympic qualification system for snowboarding halfpipe and slopestyle (the IOC decision on including slopesyle in the 2014 Sochi games is still pending). TTR just presented their new and detailed qualification models to the FIS – the current governing body for Olympic skiing and snowboarding. Discussions between TTR, FIS and the IOC have been ongoing over recent years and TTR is committed to finding an agreeable model that is rider-focused and that does not put riders in a position to have to choose an Olympic qualifying event over a TTR event (you may remember Terje’s plea months ago). More to come on both the slopestyle and qualification system questions.
Other items coming out of the General Assembly include a new ranking system for the 2011/12 season. From Transworld:
The TTR World Tour Rankings will be split into four different categories: Besides the overall TTR World Snowboard Tour ranking (male/female) there will be individual ranking lists for Halfpipe (m/f), Slopestyle (m/f) and Big Air (male only). Thus, World Tour Champion titles will be awarded in these four categories at the end of the season. The new ranking categories will also be integral in how riders qualify for the World Snowboarding Championships taking place in February 2012 in Oslo, Norway and will be used to determine eligibility to start at all major TTR events.
The General Assembly renewed it’s commitment to organic growth of the TTR tour and to collaboration with other leading snowboarding organizations such as the World Snowboard Federation (WSF), Pro Riders Organization (PRO), and We Are Snowboarding (WAS). And finally, TTR has named Chas Guldemond, Tricia Byrnes, Dagfrid Forberg, Dirk Loesch and Marian Kaeding to its Board of Directors. Full report at Transworld.