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[ Mon, 2010-02-15 16:32 ]
Courtesy of 2010.johnbiehler.com, Flickr
Alex Bilodeau storms the men's moguls event to top the podium

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.

Vancouver 2010: Freestyle Skiing Events

Vancouver 2010: Freestyle Skiing Events
SwifterHigherStronger.Freestyle
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.

Ski School Spotlight: Teen Adventure Program

Ski School Spotlight: Teen Adventure Program
Ski School Spotlight: Teen Adventure Program
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.

[ Wed, 2009-12-23 19:40 ]
Jeret Peterson Flies High Over Steamboat at the 2010 Olympic Trials
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.

 

Bloom Calls it Quits

Bloom Calls it Quits
Bloom Calls it Quits
The moguls star abandons his third Olympic bid: "passion wasn't there"

Olympic freeskier Jeremy Bloom officially retired from the sport this week, saying he was abandoning his bid to make his third Olympic team because “the passion wasn’t there anymore.”

 Bloom claims eleven World Cup titles—winning six straight World Cup competitions in 2005 alone—and competed in the 2002 and 2006 Winter Games, where he finished ninth and sixth, respectively.

Ski School Spotlight: Clendenin Ski Method Camps

Ski School Spotlight: Clendenin Ski Method Camps
Clendenin Camp Ski School Spotlight
You’re a pro at the groomers – Now tackle the tough stuff

Steeps, deeps and moguls might scare some, but not you. At least not after you’ve bumped and jumped your way through one of the Clendenin Ski Method camps.

Turning Points: The Long and Short of Skiing Bumps

Turning Points: The Long and Short of Skiing Bumps

Moguls are like snowflakes: No two are the same. Each has its own size and shape, and that’s what makes bump skiing a challenge. The trick is to synchronize your movements with the contours of the bump field. This requires you to make some turns with your legs extended, and some with your legs flexed. And you have to be able to twist your skis at different speeds—sometimes fast, sometimes slow. When your movements match the ups and downs and ins and outs of the terrain, the road gets a lot smoother. Put it all together, and you’ll impress anyone who’s watching.

To get through a maze of moguls, make your legs—and at times even your entire body—both longer and shorter.

Moguls are like snowflakes: No two are the same. Each has its own size and shape, and that’s what makes bump skiing a challenge. The trick is to synchronize your movements with the contours of the bump field. This requires you to make some turns with your legs extended, and some with your legs flexed. And you have to be able to twist your skis at different speeds—sometimes fast, sometimes slow. When your movements match the ups and downs and ins and outs of the terrain, the road gets a lot smoother. Put it all together, and you’ll impress anyone who’s watching.

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