Well, it's about time.

After watching big air snowboarding from the sidelines of the 2018 Pyeonchang Winter Olympics, big air skiing will join the show in Beijing 2022 following an announcement by the International Olympic Committee last week.

Several others events are being added to the Games, including women's monobobsled (real name), short track mixed team relay, ski jumping mixed team, aerials mixed team, and snowboard cross mixed team, as the newest disciplines on the next Winter Olympics docket, bringing the total number of events to 109 for 2022.

With the inclusion of slopestyle skiing and snowboarding on the same ticket for Sochi 2014, men's and women's freeskiers were shocked to learn big air snowboarding would be headed to Pyeongchang 2018 without them.

Despite being an X Games staple for years and bringing events to iconic sites like Boston's Fenway Park, the discipline didn't carry enough international clout to make the cut at the IOC's Olympic selection meeting for 2018.

A skier takes a training jump at the 2016 Polartec Big Air at Fenway Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix.
PHOTO: Courtesy of U.S. Freeskiing

However, thanks to what FIS called, "the thrilling debut," of big air snowboarding in this past winter's Olympics, freeskiing's wait for redemption didn't last long.

The announcement opens up medal opportunities to a whole new array of skiers, including big air specialist Lisa Zimmermann--the first woman to ever land a 1260 in competition, and Birk Ruud--the young Norwegian phenom that beat out Henrik Harlaut for a big air gold at X Games Norway, but couldn't find an Olympic slopestyle slot for 2018.

The inclusion of big air skiing also grants several athletes a chance at double and triple podiums.

Americans Gus Kenworthy and Devin Logan have competed in both halfpipe and slopestyle at the Olympics, but often compete in big air at the X Games as well. Entering 2022, both could have a shot at an Olympic freeskiing triple crown.

Beijing has already selected the Shougang Industrial Park to the west of Beijing as the site for all big air competition, a venue that will have athletes jumping between old nuclear cooling towers in a repurposed industrial park.

Add skiing and spinning off of a 60-foot kicker to that mix, and the 2022 Beijing Games just gained an early front-runner for must-watch TV.

After Pyeongchang closed as the least watched Olympics on record, Beijing may be looking to big air skiing to dig it out of an Olympic-sized rut.

With the new event additions, Beijing will also host the greatest gender balance ever at an Olympic Winter Games, with 51 events for men and 46 for women.