As skin-tight speed suits attest, it’s not how good you look but how fast you go that wins you Olympic medals in the alpine disciplines. But in freestyle, style counts too.
Moguls Moguls competition, an Olympic event since 1992 (Albertville), rewards technical execution, artistic expression and speed. Competitors pinball down a steep bump field that’s interrupted by two kickers, one near the top and one near the bottom. Five judges award points for precise turns—knees together, skis in constant contact with the snow, shoulders parallel to the finish line—and two judges score the aerial maneuvers for difficulty, amplitude, execution and landing.
More than 1,000 bales of straw and 300 truckloads of snow keep Olympic halfpipe dreams alive in Mother Nature's absence.
British Columbia’s snow-starved Cypress Mountain, just outside Vancouver, is still set to host the Olympic snowboarding and freestyle events starting February 13 despite a dearth of natural snow. Dump trucks have hauled more than 300 truckloads of snow from neighboring Mount Strachan to Black Mountain where competition will take place. In lieu of snow, workers have built halfpipes and other ski cross and snowboard cross course features from 1,065 bales of straw.
Steamboat Springs, Colo., hosted the nordic and freestyle Olympic Trials December 23 and 24. The top finisher in each event earned a guaranteed spot on the team that will represent the U.S. in Vancouver in February.
Steamboat Springs, Colo., has produced more winter Olympians than any other city in the country, so it's fitting that the town and mountain hosted this year's nordic and freestyle Olympic Trials on December 23 and 24.
Inspired by patriotism, SKI Magazine dares to dream of what the U.S. Ski Team could achieve in the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics. The heck with Ski Team chief Bill Marolt's bold 10-medal pledge. Here's how the U.S. could reel in 15 medals.