Olympics Freestyle Skiing

Olympics Freestyle Skiing is a discipline that has three events which can be contested by both men and women: the Moguls, Aerials, and Ski Cross.

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What is the proper technique for skiing moguls?

You stare at the Black Diamond run in awe and excitement. It is steep and full of moguls. Moguls are large bumps and craters in the ski hill. You need to ski them properly or you are going to crash big time. The main thing is to keep your knees bent to prevent catching air. You also want to keep your core center in balance and use your poles and arms for additional balance. If you have seen this event on TV you will notice that the upper half of their body barely moves while their knees are bent to absorb any shocks. Professional mogul skiers also tend to have extensive knee problems. Avoid leaning back on your heels. When you do this you are setting yourself for take off up into the air. Also avoid leaning to far forward or you will fall head first into a mogul. Good luck!

Where did freestyle skiing originate?

According to the page linked to the right, "What is Freestyle Skiing,": Freestyle skiing was organized in Canada in 1974 by John Johnston, Moguls has had full medal status in the Olympics since 1992 with Aerials acceptance into the Olympics in 1994. There is probably more to the story than this. There is a lot more to the story. John Johnston was instrumental in organizing Freestyle Skiing in Canada, but it really originated in the US prior to '74. Not to discount a few random and early "flips" by Stein Erickson and others in the 60's, freestyle skiing's main tap root can be traced to group of "hotdoggers", including Canadians and Europeans, who were brought together in the early 70's by Skiing Mag (or was it Ski?) at Sun Valley and Jackson Hole (etc) to compete for an automobile. There were no rules to speak of so the wildest or craziest run would win. It also resulted in serious injuries, so the competitors got together to form a regulatory body. I was the attorney and I formed a nonprofit called International Freestyle Skiing Association for them in 1973. I attended the competitions and tried to help them make sense of it all (mostly late at night while they were wrangling over rule changes for the next morning!!) The competitor were literally inventing this new sport on the fly, often changing the rules between competitions. Summer of 1974, they asked me to organize the business side of the tour to give it more stability. I formed a corporation called Professional Freestyle Associates, which then negotiated contracts with ABC Wide World of Sports, CBC in Canada and Eurovision, which then enable us to sign Midas Muffler, Colgate for the Women's competition, plus European and Canadian Sponsors. The competitors, through their nonprofit association, put together the rules, the format, trained the judges, etc, so that I could then produce the competitions. Our agreement was that the rules could only be changed in the summer, and had to be consistent for the entire season. In PFA's first year, winter of '74/'75, we produced 8 competitions, 4 in the US, 3 in Europe and 1 in Canada with a total of about a half-million in prize money (not bad at the time.) (Plus some regional "ingress" competitions to allow new competitors entry.) We did the same thing in '75/'76. However, the wheels started coming off in '76/'77 due to liability and maturity issues. The sport was too new and too different (ballet?) at the time and the establishment (racers, ski instructors, long-ski devotees) did not like it. Many hated it. It had never had a youth program, or coaches, let alone any discipline. The resorts banned inverted aerials and without that there was no national TV. So the professional competitions in the US petered out, but some of the competitors started camps and youth programs and grew it from the ground up, which is really what it needed to gain credibility. Amateur competitions continued, ISF sanctioned it, inverted aerials were restored and the rest as they say is well documented history. The best writing that I know of regarding the origins of freestyle skiing can be found in the July 1976 (I think -- Donnie Osmand on the cover) issue of Rolling Stone Magazine, article by Lucian Truscott IV. It is very comprehensive coverage of the origins of the sport.

What is history or information on the E H Best and Co of Boston?

Edward H. Best was the founder and owner of a manufacturing company in Boston, which began its operation in 1888. E.H. Best & Co. had a location on Purchase Street in downtown Boston; it was mainly known for textiles, but also seems to have sold certain items to printing plants; and in addition, Best & Co. made advertising knives engraved with the company's name. Some of these pocket-sized knives are still for sale on sites like eBay. Mr. Best died in 1935 but his company continued on.

Is freestyle skiing alpine skiing?

It can be. Alpine skiing means downhill skiing while nordic skiing is cross-country skiing. Freestyle is part of alpine, but instead of just going down the mountain freestyle is specifially jumps, grinds tricks etc.

What is Dual Mogul Skiing?

dual mogul skiing is where 2 competitors race down the moguls at the same time on a mogul course.

Is freestyle skiing the same as mogul skiing?

You might be thinking of professional skiing.

As in the Olympics, Freestyle skiing is a discipline which contains a:

Mogul event

Areial event

Ski-cross event

So really, mogul skiing is a type of freestyle skiing.

How has the equipment for Freestyle skiing evolved with the technology?

clothing wise, skiing equipment in general has largely developed throughout time. Skiing began approximately 4-5 thousand years ago in Norway. The nordsmen used it as a method of transport because it was easier to hunt on skis than by walking. It is likely that they would have worn simple clothes such as woolly jumpers, a hat, trousers and boots. Today however there is a variety of different clothing around there. We are used to water and windproof clothing that efficiently make skiing a much more enjoyable sport. When skiing began, one single pole was used and two skis usually constructed from local pine trees were used. This mean that they were not the easiest things in the world to control and required a huge amount of skill. Today, skis have largely improved. Many still have wood cores, my skis even have a bamboo core, but the edges are now constructed in a way that provides more stability and control at high speeds. hope this helps

Is freestyle skiing the same as aerial skiing?

aerial skiing is one form of freestyle skiing. Moguls and aerials make up freestyle skiing

Does skiing and snowboarding go on the same slopes?

No. Snowboard cross is a downhill sport, but the slopes are not any where near as steep as downhill racing - snowboarding on an Olympic level downhill ski course would be suicide.

Who are Dale Begg-Smith's family members?

Dale Begg-Smith also has a brother named Jason. Jason & Dale would both ski for Team Australia in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.

Is Dale Begg-Smith an Australian?

Dale Begg-Smith was born in Vancouver Canada, but at age 16 he moved to Australia and has lived there ever since.

When did freestyle skiing become part of the winter Olympics?

Freestyle skiing:

which consists of

Aerial event

mogul event

Ski-cross event

First started in 1992, with the mogul event for both men and women, although it was demonstrated in 1988's Olympic games.

Aerial's event came in 1994 and Ski-cross in 2010.

How is freestyle skiing played?

Freestyle Skiing is played:

It is and acrobatic for of technical and aerial skiing

What is freestyle skiing equipment?

freestyle skiing equipment is the stuff you need to ski or els you fall te he

What are the rules of skiing?

Most Ski Areas use the 10 FIS code of conduct/ rules.

These are some standard safety rules that are also used when there's an accident, and are admissable in court.

(From a FIS Site)

1. Respect for others

A skier or snowboarder must behave in such a way that he does not endanger or prejudice others.

2. Control of speed and skiing or snowboarding

A skier or snowboarder must move in control. He must adapt his speed and manner of skiing or snowboarding to his personal ability and to the prevailing conditions of terrain, snow and weather as well as to the density of traffic.

3. Choice of route

A skier or snowboarder coming from behind must choose his route in such a way that he does not endanger skiers or snowboarders ahead.

4. Overtaking

A skier or snowboarder may overtake another skier or snowboarder above or below and to the right or to the left provided that he leaves enough space for the overtaken skier or snowboarder to make any voluntary or involuntary movement.

5. Entering, starting and moving upwards

A skier or snowboarder entering a marked run, starting again after stopping or moving upwards on the slopes must look up and down the slopes that he can do so without endangering himself or others.

6. Stopping on the piste

Unless absolutely necessary, a skier or snowboarder must avoid stopping on the piste in narrow places or where visibility is restricted. After a fall in such a place, a skier or snowboarder must move clear of the piste as soon as possible.

7. Climbing and descending on foot

A skier or snowboarder either climbing or descending on foot must keep to the side of the piste.

8. Respect for signs and markings

A skier or snowboarder must respect all signs and markings.

9. Assistance

At accidents, every skier or snowboarder is duty bound to assist.

10. Identification

Every skier or snowboarder and witness, whether a responsible party or not, must exchange names and addresses following an accident.