Winter Olympic Sports: Freestyle

Translated from English, the word “freestyle” means “free style”. This is the free style of skiing. The sport is administered by the International Ski Federation.

Perform various acrobatic numbers on skis athletes started long ago. The first flips were recorded back in the 20th years of the last century. However, fans of classic skiing did not want to recognize freestyle as an independent sport for a long time. He was not taken seriously and considered a peculiar show. Athletes successfully attracted tourists to mountain resorts.

The first official competitions in the new sport took place in 1971. By this point, the best masters of acrobatics and mogula achieved magnificent technique. The rules of the competition were developed and approved seven years after the first competitions. Four sets of awards are played at the White Olympiads. Competitions in both mogul and acrobatic jumps are held among men and women.

The first Olympic discipline of freestyle was mogul. This species has much in common with traditional ski views, however competitions are held on special buffy trails. In the “pre-Olympic era” of tracks these arose spontaneously. Bugros appeared from frequent turns by skiers at the same venue. The modern track for mogul has a length of 250m and it is steeper than slalom. In addition, an athlete must perform 2 acrobatic jumps. In the scoring goes not only the speed of passing the distance, but also the technique of performing turns and jumps.

There were already two types of freestyle skiing at Lillihammer at the next Olympics. The mogul was joined by acrobatic jumps. Athletes jumped from three springboards of different heights. The largest has a height of 3.5m, the average is 3.2 m and the minor is 2.1 m. At the 1994 Nagano Games, there were already seven springboards, and athletes could choose them to their taste. In any acrobatic jumping competitions, the results of two jumps take place. The judging panel awards points for the technique of performing the break off, the quality of the jump and the acrobatic element. The jump difficulty factor is also taken into account. In the construction of springboards for acrobatic jumps, there are quite stringent safety requirements. The site the athletes land on should be covered in loose soft snow.

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