| Event type

Ballet, Women

Date25 February 1988 — 14:00
StatusOlympic (non-medal)
LocationCanada Olympic Park, Calgary (Recreational Ski Hill)
Participants6 from 5 countries

Freestyle ballet was one of the three original forms of competition in freestyle skiing, along with moguls and aeriels. Ballet was contested as a demonstration event at both the 1988 and 1992 Winter Olympics. World Championships had been held in 1986, 1989, and 1991. Ballet would later be termed Acroski as an event, but it was discontinued at the World Championships after 1999, as it lost popularity after it was never afforded Olympic status with the other freestyle events.

The favorite was American Jan Bucher, the 1986 and later 1989 World Champion, but she finished second to France’s Christine Rossi, who had been second to Bucher at the 1986 Worlds. Third went to Swiss skiier Conny Kissling, who would be runner-up at the 1989 Worlds, and would win the demonstration event in 1992 at Albertville. Only six women competed in this event.

1Christine RossiFRA45.8
2Jan BucherUSA44.0
3Conny KisslingSUI43.2
4Lucie BarmaCAN40.8
5Martien NouwenNED36.4
6Melanie PalenikUSA34.1