Anybody who watched the 2006 Olympics in Torino should remember Jeret "Speedy" Peterson, the fast-living aerialist known equally for his off-hill carousing as his on-hill brilliance. Before the Torino Games Peterson created the Hurricane, a five-twist-three-flip trick that's stunning even when it fails, and vowed to pull one during his Olympic run.
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.
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.