Freestyle Skiing

Hi Ms.Kirby

Freestyle skiing is in the Olympics

Freestyle skiing is when a skier is skiing down a hill and has to go off 2 ramps.

The Olympic metals at the end were

Canada with 4 gold, 4 silver, and 1 bronze.

USA with 3 gold, 2 silver, and 2 bronze.

France with 1 gold, 2 silver, and 2 bronze.

Equipment

Skis

The Skis can be any length. For mogul skiing, the average length is 185cm for boys and 175cm for Girls.


Ski poles

Used to help the skier in accelerating, turning and keeping balance.


Ski wear

In moguls the turning control is essential; the color of the knee pad is often different from that of the ski suit. This draws the judge's attention to the skier's expertise


Helmet

Made of hard material and used to protect the head and prevent potential head injuries in both aerials and moguls.

History

‘Hotdogging’

There are some recordings of people performing front flips on skis at the beginning of the 20th century in Norway, Italy and Austria, and in the early 1920s, US skiers started to spin and flip. Freestyle skiing began to take off in America during the 1960s when society change and freedom of expression together with the advanced in ski equipment led to development of new and exciting skiing techniques. Freestyle skiing was affectionately known as ‘hotdogging’. The name seemed to perfectly capture the best mix of acrobatic tricks, jumps and sheer adrenalin rush of the sport.

Some skiers srome the Olympics