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.
Two-sport star Jeremy Bloom finished second Saturday night against one-sport star Janne Lahtela of Finland in dual moguls, the final event of the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Grand National at Deer Valley Resort. Toby Dawson took third place with Nate Roberts in fourth as U.S. men filled six of the top eight places.