http://sify.com/news/2014-winter-oly...0fOkfhcib.htmlThe next Winter Olympics to be held in Russia's resort city of Sochi in 2014 may include new events, including team figure skating, mixed biathlon and slopestyle snowboard, an International Olympic Committee (IOC) official has said.
IOC Director of Communications Mark Adams made the statement after a meeting in Acapulco but added that the final decision to include the new events would be made by IOC President Jacques Rogge in April 2011.
Team figure skating is presumed to last one day and each country will send one male and one female single skater, followed by a couples skating, and finally and ice dancing couple. An overall score would then be totalled for the skaters from all four disciplines for each participating country.
Team figure skating could definitely be interesting. At the moment, there's WTT, and JO also has a Japan vs. N. America vs. Europe format. The only countries that actually have a shot at medal are probably Japan, the US, Russia and Canada. I don't see how other counries could shape into formidable competitors (let alone actually meet the minimum requirement), but it would be nice to see dark horses. I guess China's one, but I don't recall having seen Chinese ice dancers.