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Freestyle Skiing In a Nutshell

The Olympic Winter Games are getting more extreme and Freestyle Skiing is at the forefront of this. At Sochi 2014 there are four new events with Ski Slopestyle and Ski Halfpipe for Men and Women adding to the excitement events at Extreme Park in Rosa Khutor.

The sport has a young Olympic history. It has been a medal sport on the Olympic program since Albertville 1992, after being a demonstration sport in Calgary in 1988. In Albertville, Moguls became a full medal sport, while Aerials had to wait until Lillehammer 1994 for that status. In Vancouver in 2010, Ski Cross was added as an event for both men and women.

In 2014 in the mountains outside Sochi, Australian skiers will be looking to get better scores from the judges than their competitors with superior jumps, tricks and runs.

Freestyle Skiing

Australian Freestyle Skiing History

Australia has a strong history in Freestyle Skiing winning medals at the last three Games in Salt Lake City 2002, Torino 2006 and Vancouver 2010.

Women’s Aerials have been the particular strength throughout this time. It began when Kirstie Marshall placed sixth at Lillehammer 1994. At Salt Lake City in 2002, Alisa Camplin became the Olympic Aerials Champion and also Australia’s first Skiing gold medallist. The Salt Lake Games also saw tragedy when favourite, Jacqui Cooper, shattered her knee in training. It also saw the arrival of a young Lydia Lassila (then Ierodiaconou) who placed eighth in the final.

Four years later in Torino, Camplin on the comeback from serious injury produced another sensational performance to take bronze. Cooper who had broken the world record in the preliminaries finished eighth and this time it was tragedy for Lassila, who shattered her knee in the preliminary round while in podium form.

Lassila made a truly fairytale comeback in Vancouver in 2010. Four years of hard work after the knee injury that ended her Torino campaign, she landed two outstanding jumps in heavy fog at the final on Cypress Mountain, to win with an Olympic record total score of 214.74. Jacqui Cooper finished in fifth place in her fifth Olympic Games.

In Moguls, Australian men have had great success. The four-time Olympian, Adrian Costa, placed 14th at both the Albertville 1992 and Lillehammer 1994 Games. Nick Cleaver’s 11th place at Albertville was the best Aussie result until Dale Begg-Smith crushed the opposition at Torino to become Australia’s third Winter Olympic gold medallist. Begg-Smith, who suffered a serious knee injury in 2009, returned to his birth town of Vancouver and went very close to defending his title to snag the silver medal, behind local hero Alexandre Bilodeau.

Ski Cross made its Olympic debut in Vancouver with a strong showing by Australian skiers. Scott Kneller placed seventh in the men’s event, and Jenny Owens and Katya Crema both progressed to the quarter-finals in the women’s.

Fast Facts

Freestyle Skiing Action
Days -1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13 & 14
Total Athletes
282
Medal Events
10
Venues
Rosa Khutor Extreme Park
Crowd Capacity
4,000 (Aerials, Moguls, Ski Halfpipe) 6,250 (Slopestyle, Ski Cross)

Schedule & Results

Start lists for Australian athletes will be available as soon as they are allocated. Please note this can be as late as within 24 hours before the scheduled start time of the event. Medal events, regardless of Australian participation, will also be displayed here.

Day -1, Feb 06 2014

(Local) / 6:00 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Ladies' Moguls Qualification 1
Britt Cox Taylah O'Neill Nicole Parks

Day 1, Feb 08 2014

(Local) / 6:00 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Ladies' Moguls Qualification 2
Britt Cox Taylah O'Neill Nicole Parks 4th (19.93)
7th (17.81)
8th (17.77)
(Local) / 10:00 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Ladies' Moguls Final 1
Britt Cox Taylah O'Neill Nicole Parks
(Local) / 10:35 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Ladies' Moguls Final 2
Britt Cox 4th (21.59)
(Local) / 11:10 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Ladies' Moguls Final 3 Medal Event
Britt Cox 5th (19.43)
CAN Justine Dufour-Lapointe CAN Chloe Dufour-Lapointe USA Hannah Kearney

Day 3, Feb 10 2014

(Local) / 6:00 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Men's Moguls Qualification 1
Brodie Summers Matt Graham Dale Begg-Smith Sam Hall 9th (21.56)
10th (21.53)
19th (19.74)
21st (18.79)
(Local) / 6:50 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Men's Moguls Qualification 2
Sam Hall Dale Begg-Smith 14th (11.50)
15th (9.65)
(Local) / 10:00 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Men's Moguls Final 1
Matt Graham Brodie Summers 7th (22.49)
13th (21.78)
(Local) / 10:35 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Men's Moguls Final 2
Matt Graham 7th (23.31)
(Local) / 11:10 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Men's Moguls Final 3 Medal Event
CAN Alex Bilodeau CAN Mikael Kingsbury RUS Alexandr Smyshlyaev

Day 4, Feb 11 2014

(Local) / 10:00 AM (Sochi)
Ladies' Ski Slopestyle Qual. Run 1
Anna Segal 7th (75.40)
(Local) / 10:45 AM (Sochi)
Ladies' Ski Slopestyle Qual. Run 2
Anna Segal 5th (78.80)
(Local) / 1:00 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Ladies' Ski Slopestyle Final Run 1
Anna Segal 3rd (77.00)
(Local) / 1:29 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Ladies' Ski Slopestyle Final Run 2 Medal Event
Anna Segal 10th (28.80)
CAN Dara Howell USA Devin Logan CAN Kim Lamarre

Day 6, Feb 13 2014

(Local) / 10:15 AM (Sochi)
Men's Ski Slopestyle Qualification Run 1
Russ Henshaw
(Local) / 11:10 AM (Sochi)
Men's Ski Slopestyle Qualification Run 2
Russ Henshaw 8th (83.40)
(Local) / 1:30 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Men's Ski Slopestyle Final Run 1
Russ Henshaw 6th (80.40)
(Local) / 2:04 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Men's Ski Slopestyle Final Run 2 Medal Event
Russ Henshaw 11th (28.80)
USA Joss Christensen USA Gus Kenworthy USA Nicholas Goepper

Day 7, Feb 14 2014

(Local) / 5:45 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Ladies' Aerials Qualification 1
Danielle Scott Samantha Wells Laura Peel Lydia Lassila 3rd (85.36)
7th (78.12)
13th (67.68)
15th (66.12)
(Local) / 6:30 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Ladies' Aerials Qualification 2
Lydia Lassila Laura Peel Samantha Wells 1st (90.65)
3rd (85.99)
12th (67.13)
(Local) / 9:30 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Ladies' Aerials Final 1
Lydia Lassila Laura Peel Danielle Scott 2nd (95.76)
5th (83.79)
9th (76.23)
(Local) / 9:55 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Ladies' Aerials Final 2
Lydia Lassila Laura Peel 2nd (99.22)
7th (64.50)
(Local) / 10:12 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Ladies' Aerials Final 3 Medal Event
Lydia Lassila 3rd (72.12)
BLR Alla Tsuper CHN Mengtao Xu AUS Lydia Lassila

Day 10, Feb 17 2014

(Local) / 5:45 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Men's Aerials Qualification 1
David Morris 2nd (118.59)
(Local) / 6:30 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Men's Aerials Qualification 2
(Local) / 9:30 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Men's Aerials Final 1
David Morris 8th (101.87)
(Local) / 9:55 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Men's Aerials Final 2
David Morris 4th (115.05)
(Local) / 10:12 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Men's Aerials Final 3 Medal Event
David Morris 2nd (110.41)
BLR Anton Kushnir AUS David Morris CHN Zongyang Jia

Day 11, Feb 18 2014

(Local) / 5:45 PM (Sochi)
Men's Ski Halfpipe Qualification Run 1
(Local) / 6:40 PM (Sochi)
Men's Ski Halfpipe Qualification Run 2
(Local) / 9:30 PM (Sochi)
Men's Ski Halfpipe Final Run 1
(Local) / 10:00 PM (Sochi)
Men's Ski Halfpipe Final Run 2 Medal Event
USA David Wise CAN Mike Riddle FRA Kevin Rolland

Day 13, Feb 20 2014

(Local) / 11:45 AM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Men's Ski Cross Seeding
Anton Grimus Scott Kneller 5th (1:16.82)
24th (1:18.58)
(Local) / 1:30 PM (Sochi)
Results
Men's Ski Cross 1/8 Final 1
(Local) / 1:34 PM (Sochi)
Results
Men's Ski Cross 1/8 Final 2
Scott Kneller
(Local) / 1:38 PM (Sochi)
Results
Men's Ski Cross 1/8 Final 3
Anton Grimus
(Local) / 1:42 PM (Sochi)
Results
Men's Ski Cross 1/8 Final 4
(Local) / 1:46 PM (Sochi)
Results
Men's Ski Cross 1/8 Final 5
(Local) / 1:50 PM (Sochi)
Results
Men's Ski Cross 1/8 Final 6
(Local) / 1:54 PM (Sochi)
Results
Men's Ski Cross 1/8 Final 7
(Local) / 1:58 PM (Sochi)
Results
Men's Ski Cross 1/8 Final 8
(Local) / 2:05 PM (Sochi)
Results
Men's Ski Cross Quarterfinal 1
(Local) / 2:09 PM (Sochi)
Results
Men's Ski Cross Quarterfinal 2
(Local) / 2:13 PM (Sochi)
Results
Men's Ski Cross Quarterfinal 3
(Local) / 2:17 PM (Sochi)
Results
Men's Ski Cross Quarterfinal 4
(Local) / 2:25 PM (Sochi)
Results
Men's Ski Cross Semifinal 1
(Local) / 2:29 PM (Sochi)
Results
Men's Ski Cross Semifinal 2
(Local) / 2:41 PM (Sochi)
Results
Men's Ski Cross Small Final
(Local) / 2:45 PM (Sochi)
Results
Men's Ski Cross Big Final Medal Event
FRA Jean Frederic Chapuis FRA Arnaud Bovolenta FRA Jonathan Midol
(Local) / 6:30 PM (Sochi)
Ladies' Ski Halfpipe Qualification Run 1
Amy Sheehan Davina Williams 19th (19.60)
23rd (5.40)
(Local) / 7:10 PM (Sochi)
Ladies' Ski Halfpipe Qualification Run 2
Amy Sheehan Davina Williams 9th (70.60)
11th (63.00)
(Local) / 9:30 PM (Sochi)
Ladies' Ski Halfpipe Final Run 1
Amy Sheehan 9th (15.00)
(Local) / 9:55 PM (Sochi)
Ladies' Ski Halfpipe Final Run 2 Medal Event
Amy Sheehan 8th (40.60)
USA Maddie Bowman FRA Marie Martinod JPN Ayana Onozuka

Day 14, Feb 21 2014

(Local) / 11:45 AM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Ladies' Ski Cross Seeding
Katya Crema Sami Kennedy-Sim Jenny Owens 11th (1:23.47)
25th (1:38.51)
26th (1:59.84)
(Local) / 1:30 PM (Sochi)
Results
Ladies' Ski Cross 1/8 Final 1
(Local) / 1:34 PM (Sochi)
Results
Ladies' Ski Cross 1/8 Final 2
Sami Kennedy-Sim
(Local) / 1:38 PM (Sochi)
Results
Ladies' Ski Cross 1/8 Final 3
(Local) / 1:42 PM (Sochi)
Results
Ladies' Ski Cross 1/8 Final 4
(Local) / 1:46 PM (Sochi)
Results
Ladies' Ski Cross 1/8 Final 5
(Local) / 1:50 PM (Sochi)
Results
Ladies' Ski Cross 1/8 Final 6
Katya Crema
(Local) / 1:54 PM (Sochi)
Results
Ladies' Ski Cross 1/8 Final 7
Jenny Owens
(Local) / 1:58 PM (Sochi)
Results
Ladies' Ski Cross 1/8 Final 8
(Local) / 2:05 PM (Sochi)
Results
Ladies' Ski Cross Quarterfinal 1
(Local) / 2:09 PM (Sochi)
Results
Ladies' Ski Cross Quarterfinal 2
(Local) / 2:13 PM (Sochi)
Results
Ladies' Ski Cross Quarterfinal 3
Katya Crema
(Local) / 2:17 PM (Sochi)
Results
Ladies' Ski Cross Quarterfinal 4
Jenny Owens
(Local) / 2:25 PM (Sochi)
Results
Ladies' Ski Cross Semifinal 1
(Local) / 2:29 PM (Sochi)
Results
Ladies' Ski Cross Semifinal 2
Katya Crema
(Local) / 2:41 PM (Sochi)
Results
Ladies' Ski Cross Small Final
Katya Crema
(Local) / 2:45 PM (Sochi)
Results
Ladies' Ski Cross Big Final Medal Event
CAN Marielle Thompson CAN Kelsey Serwa SWE Anna Holmlund

Selection Info

Australia qualified an overall Freestyle Skiing Team of 21, consisting of 12 women and 9 men.

Events and Competition Format

Aerials

Aerial Skiing involves skiers performing various acrobatic and gymnastic tricks in the air after elevating from a snow-packed kicker (ramp). There are different kickers for different jumps and skiers choose which ramp best suits their specific needs. Each jump receives a score out of 30. Points are awarded for take-off (20 percent of score), form in the air (50 percent of score) and landing (30 percent of score). The total is then multiplied by the jump’s degree of difficulty rating to produce the final score.

The Aerials competition consists of a qualification (2 jumps) and final (3 jumps) phase. Men and women will compete on separate days, with the entire competition for each event scheduled for the same day (weather permitting).

There are 25 male and 25 female competitors. The top 6 competitors from Qualification Jump 1 advance directly to the final. The remaining 19 competitors perform a second jump. The top 6 from Qualification Jump 2 also advance to the final.

The 12 competitors in the final will run in reverse order of their qualification rank. The final is divided into three jumps, points are not carried forward. The top 8 competitors from Final 1 advance to Final 2. The top four competitors from Final 2 advance to Final 3 where the medals are decided. The ranking in each phase is based on the scores from each jump. So the scores from Final 3 is what confirms the medals.

Athletes are not allowed to perform the same jump in a phase but can do the same jump in the Final as they did in Qualification. Skiers must nominate their jumps before the start of the competition phase.

Moguls

The Moguls competition consists of a course approximately 250 metres in length down a steep slope which is covered with round bumps known as moguls. There are also two jumps to complete on the course. Competitors are judged by a panel of seven judges, with five assessing turns (worth up to 15 points) and two scoring the jumps, or ‘air’ (worth up to 7.5 points). The remaining element of the score (also worth up to 7.5 points) is determined by the speed of the run, for a total out of 30.

There are two qualification rounds, with 30 men and 30 women starting. In Qualification 1, the top 10 skiers will be seeded directly into the final. In Qualification 2, the remaining competitors will complete the course again with the next top 10 skiers being seeded into the final, to round out the 20 finalists.

There are three phases of finals, with competitors starting in reverse order in each phase. Final 1 will have 20 competitors. The top 12 will progress to the Final 2 and then the top 6 will progress to Final 3.  From this last run, the top 3 competitors will be awarded the medals based on their scores from this single run.

Ski Cross

There are two phases in Ski Cross for each event: the qualification round and the final round. There are 32 men and 32 women competitors who negotiate a course approximately 1000m long with turns and jumps.

In the qualification round all competitors ski one timed run, alone on the course. The time determines the qualification ranking and seeding for the head to head finals round.

The final round is based on a 1/8 final, a quarter-final, a semi-final, a Small Final, and a Big Final. There are four skiers per heat and the first two skiers to finish advance to the next round. The competitors are placed in first round heats (1/8 final) based on their qualification round rank. Ranking at the finish of a heat is determined by the order of the competitors as they cross the finish line. In the case that more than one competitor does not cross the finish line, the competitor who made it the farthest down the course receives the better ranking. The first three athletes across the line in the Big Final are the medallists. If two or more competitors have an unbreakable tie (photo-finish) in the medal round, they are both awarded the same medal.

Men and women will compete on separate days, with the entire competition for each event scheduled for the same day (weather permitting).

Ski Halfpipe

One competitor at a time travels down the halfpipe and performs a routine that consists of big airs, flips, twists and other tricks. The athletes are judged on overall impression out of a total possible score of 100. Overall impression takes into account, amplitude, technical difficulty, style, flow, variation and execution.

There are two phases of the competition – qualification and the final. Scores do not carry over from the qualification to the final.

In the qualification phase there are 30 men and 24 women. Competitors start in a random order, each having 2 runs down the pipe with the score from their best run deciding their ranking. The top 12 skiers advance to the final where they each ski another two runs. In each run, competitors are run in reverse order of their ranking. The best score from a single run in the Final determines the medals and placings.

Men and women will compete on separate days, with the entire competition for each event scheduled for the same day (weather permitting).

Ski Slopestyle

The Slopestyle course will feature rails, jibs, hips and a variety of jumps allowing skiers to combine big air and technical tricks into one run. Competitors are scored in an overall impression judging format on amplitude, execution, difficulty of line, landing and use of the course.

There are two phases of the competition – qualification and the final. Scores do not carry over from qualification to the final.

In the qualification phase there are 30 men and 24 women. Competitors start in a random order with each completing 2 runs and the score from their best run decides their ranking. 12 skiers advance to the final where they each again ski two runs. In each run, competitors are run in reverse order of their ranking.

Men and women will compete on separate days, with the entire competition for each event scheduled for the same day (weather permitting).

Qualification, Nomination and Selection

There is a maximum of 282 athlete quota places. Each nation can qualify a maximum of 26 athletes (maximum of 14 males or 14 females), with a maximum of 4 athletes per event.

The qualification period is July 2012 – 19 January 2014. The International Ski Federation (FIS) will allocate quota places to each nation on Monday 20 January 2014.

After this date and before 22 January 2014, Ski and Snowboard Australia will nominate athletes to the Australian Olympic Committee to fill the available quota places, provided the athletes meet the nomination and selection criteria.

It is anticipated that Australia will qualify an overall Freestyle Skiing Team of 19, consisting of 12 women and 9 men.

Read the qualification, nomination and selection criteria in full here:

Sochi 2014 – FIS Freestyle Skiing Qualification System >>

2014 Nomination Criteria - Freestyle Skiing - Aerials>>

2014 Selection Criteria - Freestyle Skiing - Aerials>>

2014 Nomination Criteria - Freestyle Skiing - Moguls>>

2014 Selection Criteria - Freestyle Skiing - Moguls>>

2014 Nomination Criteria - Freestyle Skiing - Ski Cross >>

2014 Selection Criteria - Freestyle Skiing - Ski Cross >>

2014 Nomination Criteria - Freestyle Skiing - Ski Halfpipe>>

2014 Selection Criteria - Freestyle Skiing - Ski Halfpipe >>

2014 Nomination Criteria - Freestyle Skiing - Slopestyle>>

2014 Selection Criteria - Freestyle Skiing - Slopestyle>>

Freestyle Skiing

Equipment

Mogul Skiing:

•     Mogul specific skis – Typically straighter with minimum side cut and stiff flex, particularly through the tail of the ski
•     Suitable boots – Typically softer in flex than a racing boot, which promotes technically correct absorption
•     Protective gear – Helmet, Mouth guard, back brace
•     Mogul-length poles – typically much shorter than an average ski pole length
•     Knee patches on pants – to highlight absorption to judges

Aerial Skiing:

•     Aerial specific skis – much shorter, straighter and stiffer than a regular ski. Similar to a mogul ski, but shorter.
•     Suitable boots – Typically much more upright allowing athletes to stand perfectly upright
•    No Poles
•     Protective gear – Helmet, Mouth guard, back brace
•     Stipes down the side of the outerwear to highlight form in the air to the judges

Ski Cross:

•     GS Skis with softer tip (no FIS regulation on length/ side cut)
•     Ski Boots and bindings (FIS Rules)
•     No one-piece Speed Suits allowed
•     Pants and Jacket (two pieces) are required and they are to be ‘loose fitting’
•     Body Protector, (back, arms and hip) usually used under suit
•     Helmets are required

Halfpipe/ Slopestyle Skiing:

•     Twin Tip skis – to allow athletes to take-off, land and ski in both directions
•     Suitable boots – Typically softer in flex than a racing boot, which reduces impact
•     Protective gear – Helmet, Mouth guard, back brace
•     Poles – typically much shorter than an average ski pole length

Useful Links

International Ski Federation

Ski & Snowboard Australia

Trivia

Although there have been Test Events the exact design of the Slopestyle and Ski Cross courses will only be known to athletes when they start official training days before the competition.

Trivia

Mogul Skiing: Big Tricks to look out for are the back double full and a D-spin 1080, look for Canadians Mikael Kingsbury and Alex Bilodeau to execute these.

Rosa Khutor Extreme Park

Rosa Khutor Extreme Park

On the West of the Rosa Khutor plateau will be the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, home to freestyle skiing and snowboarding. The park is located at the Aibga Ridge, approximately 81km outside of the city of Sochi.

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WRAP: Aerial skiers jumping for joy

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