Freestyle Skiing Stories to Watch at PyeongChang 2018 | Olympic Winter Games

Freestyle Skiing Stories to Watch at PyeongChang 2018 | Olympic Winter Games

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(PYEONGCHANG 2018
STORIES TO WATCH) (FREESTYLE SKIING) Freestyle skiing made its debut
as a medal sport at the 1992 Olympics in Albertville,
with moguls. Aerials became a medal
event in 1994, followed by ski cross in 2010, then half-pipe and slopestyle
events in 2014. The events reflect the Olympic
push towards more modern events with younger athletes
who set trends as surely as they
wreck gravity. There are five events each for
men and women in freestyle skiing
at PyeongChang 2018. Aerial skiers take jumps
that propel them six metres into the air,
where they perform twists and flips that can be singles,
doubles or triples. Judges grade elements of form,
landing and air performance in take-off height and landing
to determine the final tally. Mogul skiers take
runs on 250 metre courses dimpled by snow mounds
set 3.5 metres apart. The final scores reward speed,
turns and jumps. The ski cross pits four
athletes per event in a 1,000 metre race
down a course that features banks, spines,
rollers and jumps. Collisions sometimes
occur as skiers aiming for the top
of the podium must get to the bottom of the course as quickly
as possible. The ski half-pipe is similar to
the snowboard half-pipe, but instead performed on skis. Athletes perform spins
and jumps with a maximum score of 100 for excellent height,
technique and difficulty. Ski slopestyle takes place
on a veritable obstacle course that includes rails, tables,
boxes, walls and jumps. The highest of two runs per
skier determines the final ranking. In PyeongChang,
freestyle ski events will take place at the
Phoenix Snow Park. Snowboarding events will also
take place at that park facility. Do you know which sport
freestyle skier Jeremy Bloom was drafted to in 2006? Find out at the end. (BRITTENY COX, AUS) The reigning world
champion in moguls, Britteny Cox,
hails from Wodonga, a town of 38,000 people that is
home to the world’s largest
rolling pin, located on top of a
local bakery. At 15, Britteny was
the youngest athlete to compete at Vancouver 2010 and the second-youngest
ever to represent Australia. She still has the note that her
mother wrote, asking for permission to be
absent from school for a month. She comes from a family
of mogul skiers and was Australia’s first woman
to win a medal in a World Cup mogul event. (QI GUANGPU & XU MENGTAO, CHN) Xu Mengtao has won medals
at the last five World Championships
in women’s aerials, including gold in 2013. Qi Guangpu has won medals at the last four
World Championships in men’s aerials, including
golds in 2013 and 2015. Mengtao lives
and trains in Ufa, Russia. She won the test event at the
Olympic venue under windy conditions a year before
PyeongChang 2018. While there, she planted a seed
in the ground to bring her luck at the Olympics. Guangpu’s friends
and family make him a cake with the Olympic
rings on it for each birthday. (OLYMPIC MEDALS) For the all-time medal count in
freestyle skiing, we have Switzerland in fifth
place with three golds. Belarus come in fourth with six
total medals. Australia, third place with
seven total medals. Canada’s in second with eight
gold. And the USA is on top with
eight gold and a total of 21. (MARIE MARTINOD, FRA) At 33, Marie Martinod will be
one of the oldest contenders in an Olympic
freestyle skiing event. A mother, Marie won a
silver medal in the ski half-pipe at Sochi 2014. She will be heading to
PyeongChang in hopes of winning. You can’t decide to win, but
you can decide to ski well. You can decide to train as much
as you can to be able to fix everything
together and be ready. Marie learned to ski soon after
she could walk. Her grandfather put
her on skis at two. Her mother was a ski teacher and her father was a
snowcat driver. At 22, Marie quit competitive
skiing for six years and owned a nightclub
in La Plagne. She resumed competitions
in 2011. (GUS KENWORTHY, USA) Gus Kenworthy won a silver
medal as part of the USA sweep in slopestyle
at Sochi 2014. He also competes
in the half-pipe event. Gus was born in Chelmsford
in the UK. His father, Peter, was working
in London when he met Pip, his future wife. After the Sochi Games, Gus
stayed behind for a month so he could adopt a family of
stray dogs. Gus took a year off from
high school to ski and graduated a year after
the rest of his original class. Gus spends hours on the
trampoline in his spare time. Did you know? In 2002 at the
Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, aerial skier
Alisa Camplin won gold for Australia. It was Australia’s second
Winter Olympic gold medal. Steven Bradbury won gold for
Australia two days earlier in the short track. (JEAN FREDERIC CHAPUIS, FRA) Jean Frederic Chapuis
won ski cross gold at Sochi 2014 after winning the
World Championship in 2013. In 2016 he clenched the overall
World Cup title by winning a competition
in Pyeongchang. Jean Frederic was
an alpine skier before switching to ski cross
at the age of 20 in 2009. At the time he competed
for Switzerland, the birth country of his mother and he is still a dual citizen. Jean Frederic enjoys playing
practical jokes on his team-mates and coaches who know him simply as
Jean Fred. Will he go back-to-back and
win gold in PyeongChang? So do you know which sport
freestyle skier Jeremy Bloom was drafted to in 2006? It was football, American
football, and the NFL. Moguls get underway on
opening ceremony day. The finals follow quickly
after. Aerials also gets going in
week one. It’s sure to be an exciting
two weeks for freestyle skiing. They have the aerials finals
at the beginning of week two. Also in week two, we get
underway with the half-pipe followed by ski cross. The Olympic Winter Games in
PyeongChang is set to begin February 9th. Fill your knowledge tank by
watching other episodes on Olympic Channel. (PYEONGCHANG 2018
WWW.OLYMPICCHANNEL.COM)

14 thoughts on “Freestyle Skiing Stories to Watch at PyeongChang 2018 | Olympic Winter Games”

  1. Mikael Kingsbury, Justine & Chloe Dufour-Lapointe… Why doesn't this channel ever mention Canadians even when they are major contenders for gold, world record holders etc.?

  2. I was born in 1955. I remember watching my first Olympics in 1960. In grade school we dove under our desks and watched movies about how to know when a nuke went off and what to do.

    As a young man in the military I looked across a fence at several million Soviets and East Germans who were just waiting to run me over.

    Even as a small boy I recognized that the 2 weeks of the Winter Olympics was a time when I could take a deep breath and not worry about dying at any moment in a flash of light and heat. The world gathered to play in the snow. It had an innocence, a willful naivete, about it. Even if it was pretend, it was important to the world that we made that pretense.

    For my entire life I felt that the true spirit of the Olympics was that it is a time when people set aside their political, cultural and religious differences and, through sports, celebrated their common humanity, until this year.

    Vonn, Rippon, Kenworthy, and Davis chose to use the honor of being on the US Olympic Team as a platform for their political views. It is certainly their right as Americans.

    In exercising their right, they have dishonored the Olympic Spirit. They have dishonored the handshake between North and South Korea. They have dishonored their teammates. They have dishonored their country. They have dishonored the thousands of other athletes who have gathered there in the true Olympic Spirit. They have dishonored the 33,471 American men and women who died in Korea so they can have a free and prosperous place to play.

    But most importantly, they have dishonored themselves. And that may be the most lasting damage of all.

    As for me, they have forever stained mankind's one, last refuge.

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