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Apparently the Summer Olympics is up first, but of course we're only really interested in the Sochi 2014 Games. Although it's still more than one and a half years to go – Sochi 2014 is already around the corner and will of course feature slopestyle snowboarding for the first time in the Olympics.
On Sunday, July 1st, the official Olympic qualification period started.
From now on and until January 19th, 2014, every rider will get the chance to meet the Olympic requirements in order to be allowed to start in Sochi (February 7th – 23rd, 2014).
In the end, a maximum of 252 riders will be able to compete at the next Winter Games following the official athletes quota allocation per event:
In addition, there is also a maximum NOC (National Olympic Committee) quota:
Bits in italics have been updated for clairification (5/7/12).
The quota spots per NOC will be allocated using the Olympic Quota Allocation List, which contains all World Cup competitions held between July 1, 2012 and January 19, 2014 as well as the 2013 FIS Snowboard World Championships.
The allocation will be made by assigning one quota place per competitor from the top of the Olympic Quota Allocation List downwards.
Once a NOC has achieved the maximum number of four spots, the next eligible NOC on the Olympic Quota Allocation List will allocate a spot until the maximum per event is reached.
According to this, it's up to the NOC's to choose who will get their quota place at the Olympics as long as the riders fulfill the qualification criteria.
In order to qualify riders have to:
FIS Event Videos
FIS World Cup Calendar