Freestyle Skiing Exclusive
By: Hannah Lesniak and Anthony Dzansi
History of Freestyle Skiing
The sport of freestyle skiing was first develop in the country of Austria in 1905. And although freestyle skiing was recognized as a discipline sport in 1979, it became an official Olympic sport 19 years later in 1988. Freestyle skiing is a multiple event sport. It includes aerial skiing, mogul skiing, ski cross, ski half-pipe skiing and slope style skiing. The United States has won five gold, five silver, and five bronze medals in the past.
Events in Freestyle Skiing
There are five different events in freestyle skiing. It includes aerial skiing, mogul skiing, ski cross, ski half-pipe skiing and slope style skiing. They are aerial skiing, mogul skiing, ski cross, ski half-pipe skiing and slope style skiing. They each are unique.
Recap of Olympic 2014 Moguls
- 2/6/14: Hannah Kearney places 1st in the Ladies' Qualification 1 and Eliza Outtrim places 4th
- 2/8/14: Heather McPhie places 6th in the Ladies' Qualification 2
- 2/8/14: Outtrim places 2nd in the Ladies Finals 1, Kearney places 7th, and McPhie places 13th
- 2/8/14: Kearney places 1st in Ladies' Finals 2, Outtrim places 5th
- 2/8/14: Kearney places 3rd in Ladies' Finals 3, Outtrim places 6th, Kearney places 3rd overall
- 2/10/14: Bradley Wilson places 8th in Men's Qualification 1, Patrick Deneen places 25th
- 2/10/14: Patrick Deneen places 1st in Men's Qualification 2
- 2/10/14: Patrick Deneen places 9th in Men's Finals 1, Bradley Wilson places 20th
- 2/10/14: Patrick Deneen places 6th in Men's Finals 2 and Men's Finals 3
Recap of Olympics 2014 Slopestyle
- 2/11/14: Devon Logan places 5th and Keri Herman places 11th in the Women's Qualifications
- 2/11/14: Devon Logan places 2nd in the Women's Finals
- 2/13/14: Joss Christensen places 1st, Nicholas Goepper places 4th, Gus Kenworthy places 5th, and Bobby Brown places 12th in the Men's Qualifications
- Joss Christensen places 1st, Gus Kenworthy places 2nd, and Nicholas Goepper places 3rd in the Men's Finals
Recap of Olympics 2014 Aerials
- 2/14/14: Ashley Caldwell places 1st and Emily Cook places 5th in the Women's Qualifications
- 2/14/14: Emily Cook places 6th and Ashley Caldwell places 10th in the Women's Finals 1
- 2/14/14: Emily Cook places 6th in the Women's Finals 2
- 2/17/14: Mac Bohonnon places 11th in the Men's Qualifications 1
- 2/17/14: Mac Bohonnon places 6th in the Men's Qualifications 2
- 2/17/14: Mac Bohonnon places 7th in the Men's Finals 1
- 2/17/14: Mac Bohonnon places 5th in the Men's Finals 2
Recap of Olympics 2014 Halfpipe
- 2/18/14: David Wise places 2nd, Aaron Blunck places 12th, Toran Yater-Wallas places 26th, and Lyman Currier places 28th in the Men's Qualification
- 2/18/14: David Wise places 1st and Aaron Blunck places 7th in the Men's Finals
- 2/20/14: Brita Sigourney places 2nd, Maddie Bowman places 3rd, Angeli Vanlaanen places 5th, and Annalissa Drew places 11th in the Women's Qualification
- 2/20/14: Maddie Bowman finishes 1st, Brita Sigourney finishes 6th, and Angeli Vanlaanen finished 11th in the Women's Finals
Recap of Olympics 2014 Ski Cross
- 2/20/14: John Teller places 20th in the Men's Ski Cross Seeding
- 2/20/14: John Teller places 4th blue in the Men's Ski Cross 1/8 Finals
How to Play
The mogul event is a descent down a bumpy slope. Athletes are required to perform two jumps on their way through the course. The competitors receiving the highest score for their overall performance are declared the winners. Scores are determined by judges who evaluate how well the moguls are navigated and the quality and difficulty of the jumps. Judges also add points for speed according to a special formula.
The aerials event includes a qualifying round and a final round. In each, athletes complete two special ski jumps each. The athletes with the highest combined scores from the two jumps advance to the finals. Scores from the qualifying round do not carry over to the finals. For each jump, athletes are judged on their technique for jump takeoff, jump form, and landing.
The ski cross event includes a qualifying round and a final round. In the qualifying round, athletes race individually down a course approximately 1000 meters long with turns and obstacles. The athletes with the best times are then divided into groups of four and compete to determine who advances to the next round of competition. The two top finishers continue to compete, while the losers are eliminated. Athletes reaching the final round compete for the medals.
Ski half pipe Athletes perform on a half pipe slope on freestyle skis, performing various tricks — somersaults, flips, grabs, and twists. The competition format includes qualifying and final rounds, with two runs per athlete in each round. Places are determined according to the total number of points in the final.
Ski slope style Athletes perform on a slope with various types of obstacles (rails, quarter-pipes, and jumps). The technical characteristics of the course are dictated by the rules of the International Ski Federation. The competition follows an elimination format, with semifinals and finals, with two runs in each round. The top finisher wins.
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