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Freestyle Skiing

Rowan Cheshire soaring through the air on skis with arms extended and knees bent.
Rowan Cheshire of Great Britain competes during the freestyle skiing ladies' ski halfpipe at PyeongChang 2018. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

What's it all about?

Can you imagine doing a flip on a trampoline with skis on? Take a touch of skateboarding, a sprinkle of ski jumping, a dash of gymnastics and you’ve got freestyle skiing. With spectacular stunts and high flying moves, this is an event you don’t want to miss.

How it's played

Things to watch for

Mikael Kingsbury of Canada takes 1st place during the freestyle skiing men's moguls finals at PyeongChang 2018. (Laurent Salino/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
Mikael Kingsbury of Canada takes 1st place during the freestyle skiing men's moguls finals at PyeongChang 2018. (Laurent Salino/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

Moguls

  • In moguls, athletes have to perform two aerial tricks as they race down the course using quick turns. 
  • A mogul is a bump in the snow that skiers must steer through.
  • Aerial moves have names like the Mule Kick, the Helicopter and the Backscratcher.
Cassie Sharpe of Canada competes during the freestyle skiing ladies' ski halfpipe final at PyeongChang 2018. (Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Cassie Sharpe of Canada competes during the freestyle skiing ladies' ski halfpipe final at PyeongChang 2018. (Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Do a McTwist!

  • The halfpipe is all about tricks with cool names like the Double Cork, the McTwist and the Flair.
  • The term halfpipe refers to the course, which is shaped like a cylinder that’s been cut in half.
  • Judges score each skier out of 100, based on the variety and difficulty of their tricks.
Vincent Veile of Germany competes at the Men's Ski Big Air at the 2019 FIS Freeski World Championships in Canyons Village, Park City, Utah. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Vincent Veile of Germany competes at the Men's Ski Big Air at the 2019 FIS Freeski World Championships in Canyons Village, Park City, Utah. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Higher, please!

  • New to freestyle skiing this year is the big air event. 
  • Skiers launch down a long ramp and then perform one big aerial trick. 
  • It's a bit like the ski jump, but with a fancy stunt which is scored out of 100.
Action packed facts.
  • You'll see special skis with both ends slightly bent up. These are called twin-tips. They're designed that way so that athletes can ski both forwards and backwards when competing in halfpipe and slopestyle.

  • Canada is really good at freestyle skiing. Since it was added to the Olympics in 1992, Canada has won 25 medals.

  • Ski cross is the only event without judges. Instead, skiers race each other on a course with jumps and turns.

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