Freestyle Skiing in Winter Olympics

Once known as “hotdogging” for its spectacular mix of acrobatic tricks and showmanship, freestyle skiing debuted as a demonstration sport at the 1988 Calgary games. The United States swept the slopestyle event in 2014, with three Americans winning gold, silver and bronze.

Once known as “hotdogging” for its spectacular mix of acrobatic tricks and showmanship, freestyle skiing debuted as a demonstration sport at the 1988 Calgary games. The United States swept the slopestyle event in 2014, with three Americans winning gold, silver and bronze.

Once known as “hotdogging” for its spectacular mix of acrobatic tricks and showmanship, freestyle skiing debuted as a demonstration sport at the 1988 Calgary games. The United States swept the slopestyle event in 2014, with three Americans winning gold, silver and bronze.

Aerials

Athletes soar off 2-4 meter jumps, performing multiple tricks before landing. A skier's final score is broken down into his jump takeoff (20%), jump form (50%) and landing (30%). A degree of difficulty is also factored in.

Once known as “hotdogging” for its spectacular mix of acrobatic tricks and showmanship, freestyle skiing debuted as a demonstration sport at the 1988 Calgary games. The United States swept the slopestyle event in 2014, with three Americans winning gold, silver and bronze.

Moguls

Athletes ski down a course full of rounded bumps, performing two jumps during the run. Speed is a component of the skier’s score, but it’s not a race. Athletes are judged on their ability to navigate the moguls and execute tricks.

Once known as “hotdogging” for its spectacular mix of acrobatic tricks and showmanship, freestyle skiing debuted as a demonstration sport at the 1988 Calgary games. The United States swept the slopestyle event in 2014, with three Americans winning gold, silver and bronze.

Halfpipe

Added to the Olympics in Sochi 2014, this event features skiers performing tricks on both walls of the half pipe. Skiers are judged under the same criteria as snowboarders: height, technical difficulty of tricks, variety, smooth execution and progression (how tricks are linked together).

Once known as “hotdogging” for its spectacular mix of acrobatic tricks and showmanship, freestyle skiing debuted as a demonstration sport at the 1988 Calgary games. The United States swept the slopestyle event in 2014, with three Americans winning gold, silver and bronze.

Ski Cross

Ski cross — added to the Olympic Games in 2010 — features four skiers at a time racing on a downhill course full of jumps, banked turns and other obstacles. The top two skiers from each heat advance to the next, until the medalists are decided in the final round.

Once known as “hotdogging” for its spectacular mix of acrobatic tricks and showmanship, freestyle skiing debuted as a demonstration sport at the 1988 Calgary games. The United States swept the slopestyle event in 2014, with three Americans winning gold, silver and bronze.

Slopestyle

Skiers make their way down a slopestyle course, which features a mix of jumps and rails (three of each in PyeongChang). Added to the Olympics in 2014, the event judges athletes on height, difficulty, variety, execution and progression (how a skier strings tricks together).

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