I'm from the South and probably just don't get some of these Winter Olympic Sports. Ok, I understand that the I.O.C. is a Sub-committee of the UN and operates with the same political biases so I should understand, as an ugly American, why Baseball and Softball aren't relevant sports (yes, I know they are played in the Summer Olympics) and deserved to be dropped on that merit.
So, how have the following been deemed representative of sporting endeavors in a major area of the world; Bi-athalon(ok you ski'd into the woods and shot a rabbit for dinner --- that's sport), Curling (Sweeping on-ice .. what athletes! Why not Bowling or Shuffleboard?), Bobsled (why not Snowmobiling?), Slalom (why not water-sking in the summer?), and my favorite major athletic event, Luge?? Why not downhill bicycling?
Seriously, does anyone else out there look at some of this stuff and wonder how in the world do they select the sports to represent International athletic competition?? And just for the record, I've traveled, worked and lived abroad.