This is why we watch the Olympics. Yeah, the stakes are high and the competition is amazing, but the real catch are those tearjerker stories. So far, there has been no better sob story than Canada's. Our neighbors up north are wizards in the winter sports, yet in neither of the two previous Olympics held in Canada—Montreal in '76 and Calgary in '88—has a homegrown Canadian won gold on native soil.
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.
Sun Valley helps teens T.A.P. into their inner pros
School's back in session, so the last thing your teen wants is to feel like he's in class while he's on the slopes, right? Sun Valley's new Teen Adventure Program (T.A.P. for short) is a great way to help him improve his ski skills without landing you in detention. Teens choose from a variety of sessions, such as perfecting turns, off-piste skiing, terrain park tricks, moguls, racing and more. The half day (2.5 hour) group sessions are more like training with a coach than conventional lessons.
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.