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London to host major snowboarding event

The International Ski Federation (FIS) has announced that London will host a Snowboard World Cup Big Air event later this year.

The 2015 Snowboard World Cup Big Air, which will form part of the Freeze Big Air event, will take place at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on November 14. Organisers have confirmed that a real snow jump measuring 120 metres by 41 metres will be constructed at the site for the competition. 

This year’s event will mark the first time that a Snowboard World Cup big air event will take place since the discipline was confirmed for inclusion in the 2018 winter Olympic Games programme. The 2014-15 Snowboard World Cup season included big air events in Istanbul, Turkey and Stoneham, Canada.

UK Sport will work with the FIS and the British Ski and Snowboard national governing body to organise the event. Jenny Jones, who won a bronze medal for Great Britain in snowboarding at the Sochi 2014 winter Olympic Games, will serve as the official event ambassador. Britain’s Jamie Nicholls (pictured) has been confirmed as one of 60 athletes that will take part in the event.

“Hosting a Big Air World Cup in London is a massive boost for winter sport in Great Britain; showcasing some of the world’s most exciting winter sport athletes on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will add even more variety to the wealth of world class sport the British public can enjoy on home soil,” UK Sport director of major events, Simon Morton, said.

Dave Edwards, chief executive of British Ski and Snowboard, added: “Our British athletes helped to showcase halfpipe and slopestyle competitions at the Sochi winter Olympics. Now, we are able to provide many of those outstanding athletes, and the next generation of British world class competitors, with an opportunity to demonstrate their talents in a World Cup event on home snow.

“We are honoured to be allowed to host what is likely to be the first World Cup Big Air competition to take place following the announcement that the event is to be included in the Olympic programme in 2018.”