Freestyle Skiing at PyeongChang 2018
Venues: Phoenix Snow Park
Competition Dates: February 18-21, 24-25 (Days 9-12, 15-16)
Events: 10 (5 men, 5 women)
Freestyle skiing is divided into five disciplines, four of which include a judged component as skiers are evaluated on their technical skills.
In moguls, skiers travel down a course of snow bumps, performing two aerial tricks as they go. The quality of the turns through those bumps is most important, scored by five judges and accounting for 60% of the final score. Two more judges mark the quality of the two aerial tricks and their technical difficulty for 20% of the score. The time it takes for a skier to get down the course makes up the final 20%. Competition begins with a qualification round, from which skiers advance to a three-stage final that cuts the field from 20 to 12 and finally the six skiers who compete for the medals.
In aerials, skiers perform some of the most difficult acrobatic maneuvers in any sport, with up to five twists and three flips while in the air for just three seconds. Five judges evaluate each jump. The air (which includes the takeoff, height and distance) is worth 20%. The form of the skier in the air is worth 50% while the landing of the jump makes up the last 30% of the score, which is then multiplied by the jump’s degree of difficulty. Competition begins with a two-jump qualification round, from which skiers advance to a three-stage final that cuts the field from 12 to nine and finally the six skiers who compete for the medals.
In halfpipe and slopestyle, a panel of five judges, each scoring out of 100, evaluates each run on its overall impression, taking into account the amplitude and style as well as the diversity, difficulty and execution of the tricks. The judges’ scores are then averaged. Competition begins with a best-of-two-run qualification round, from which the top 10 men and top six women advance to the best-of-three-run final. Halfpipe takes place in a sloped channel of snow while slopestyle skiers go down and over a series of rail and jump features.
Ski cross is the lone freestyle event without a judged component. It is all about speed as skiers race four at a time down a course comprised of various features such as banks, jumps, rollers and turns. Competition begins with a timed qualification run to seed the competitors into single elimination heats. The top two in each heat advance to the next round, until just four competitors remain to race in the Big Final for the medals.
Canadian History (pre-PyeongChang 2018)
Canada has a long history of excelling in freestyle skiing, with 18 Olympic medals won since the sport’s official debut at Albertville 1992. Nine of those came at Sochi 2014, the most by any country.
In moguls, Alex Bilodeau won his second straight gold medal, edging out teammate Mikaël Kingsbury. There was also a gold-silver finish in the women’s event where Justine Dufour-Lapointe shared the podium with older sister Chloé. That was matched in women’s ski cross where Marielle Thompson won gold ahead of teammate Kelsey Serwa. Another double podium came in women’s slopestyle, with Dara Howell winning gold while Kim Lamarre claimed bronze. Rounding out the medals in Sochi was Mike Riddle with his halfpipe silver.
Canada’s first Olympic freestyle skiing medals were won at Lillehammer 1994 where Jean-Luc Brassard won moguls gold while Philippe LaRoche and Lloyd Langlois captured aerials silver and bronze. Another shared podium followed at Salt Lake City 2002 where Veronica Brenner and Deidra Dionne also won aerials silver and bronze.
|Men's Moguls||Jean-Luc Brassard||Gold||Lillehammer 1994|
|Women's Moguls||Jennifer Heil||Gold||Turin 2006|
|Men's Moguls||Alex Bilodeau||Gold||Vancouver 2010|
|Women's Ski Cross||Ashleigh McIvor||Gold||Vancouver 2010|
|Women's Moguls||Justine Dufour-Lapointe||Gold||Sochi 2014|
|Men's Moguls||Alex Bilodeau||Gold||Sochi 2014|
|Women's Slopestyle||Dara Howell||Gold||Sochi 2014|
|Women's Ski Cross||Marielle Thompson||Gold||Sochi 2014|
|Men's Aerials||Philippe LaRoche||Silver||Lillehammer 1994|
|Women's Aerials||Veronica Brenner||Silver||Salt Lake City 2002|
|Women's Moguls||Jennifer Heil||Silver||Vancouver 2010|
|Women's Moguls||Chloé Dufour-Lapointe||Silver||Sochi 2014|
|Men's Moguls||Mikaël Kingsbury||Silver||Sochi 2014|
|Men's Halfpipe||Mike Riddle||Silver||Sochi 2014|
|Women's Ski Cross||Kelsey Serwa||Silver||Sochi 2014|
|Men's Aerials||Lloyd Langlois||Bronze||Lillehammer 1994|
|Women's Aerials||Deidra Dionne||Bronze||Salt Lake City 2002|
|Women's Slopestyle||Kim Lamarre||Bronze||Sochi 2014|
- Alex Beaulieu-Marchand
- Alex Bilodeau
- Audrey Robichaud
- Brady Leman
- Chloé Dufour-Lapointe
- Chris Del Bosco
- Dara Howell
- Dave Duncan
- Georgia Simmerling
- Justin Dorey
- Justine Dufour-Lapointe
- Kaya Turski
- Kelsey Serwa
- Keltie Hansen
- Kim Lamarre
- Marc-Antoine Gagnon
- Marielle Thompson
- Matt Margetts
- Maxime Dufour-Lapointe
- Mikaël Kingsbury
- Mike Riddle
- Noah Bowman
- Philippe Marquis
- Roz Groenewoud
- Travis Gerrits
- Yuki Tsubota