Organizers of Alpine skiing at the 2022 Beijing Olympics are ahead of schedule creating three courses on two mountains. Course designer Bernhard Russi said Friday one of the courses is “completely ideal” for individual and team events in parallel racing. The team event debuts at the Pyeongchang Olympics in February. Men’s and women’s individual events are a likely proposal for the Olympic program four years later. Russi was updating team leaders on 2022 Winter Games plans at International Ski Federation preseason meetings. All three new courses have been cleared at Xiaohaituo, 90 kilometers from Beijing. Earth-moving works should start within weeks, the veteran Swiss designer said.
The original plan when Beijing defeated Almaty, Kazakhstan, in the bidding contest was to stage all races on the same hill with a single finish area.