Freestyle Skiing

Facts

Discipline of Skiing
Participants 774
NOCs 45
Competitions held 44 (Venues)
Distinct events 20
IF Fédération internationale de ski

Description

Freestyle skiing was held at the 1988 Winter Olympics as a demonstration sport. In 1992, moguls was contested as a full-medal sport in Albertville, with aeriels and ballet contested as demonstration events. In Lillehammer in 1994, both moguls and aerials were full-medal events. The moguls event consists of a timed race down a short course made up entirely of small hills or bumps termed moguls. The skier receives a point score for style that is added to a point score for the time, to derive an overall score. Aeriels is a jumping event in which skiers take off from an elevated platform after a short run, and then execute intricate gymnastics-like maneuvers in the air. The contest is decided by point scores awarded by judges. The third event of freestyle skiing is ballet, but that event has not yet appeared on the Olympic Program, although it was demonstrated in 1988 and 1992. In 2010 at Vancouver, a third Olympic event was contested in freestyle skiing, which was skier-cross. The event is an analogue of snowboard cross, contested by 2-4 skiers racing down a specially prepared course, in a single elimination tournament. Although the event is more similar to an alpine skiing event, it was included as part of the freestyle skiing program. Freestyle is considered a discipline of the sport of skiing by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and, as such, it is governed by the Fédération internationale de ski (FIS).

All-time medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Canada CAN 12 9 4 25
United States USA 9 9 7 25
Switzerland SUI 4 2 2 8
Belarus BLR 4 1 2 7
France FRA 3 5 6 14
Australia AUS 3 3 2 8
Norway NOR 3 2 4 9
People's Republic of China CHN 1 6 4 11
Finland FIN 1 2 1 4
Japan JPN 1 0 3 4
Czech Republic CZE 1 0 0 1
Ukraine UKR 1 0 0 1
Uzbekistan UZB 1 0 0 1
Russian Federation RUS 0 1 3 4
Sweden SWE 0 1 1 2
Austria AUT 0 1 0 1
Germany GER 0 1 0 1
Unified Team EUN 0 1 0 1
Olympic Athletes from Russia OAR 0 0 2 2
Great Britain GBR 0 0 1 1
Kazakhstan KAZ 0 0 1 1
New Zealand NZL 0 0 1 1

Most successful competitors

Athlete Nat Gold Silver Bronze Total
Alex Bilodeau CAN 2 0 0 2
David Wise USA 2 0 0 2
Kari Traa NOR 1 1 1 3
Janne Lahtela FIN 1 1 0 2
Jennifer Heil CAN 1 1 0 2
Dale Begg-Smith AUS 1 1 0 2
Kelsey Serwa CAN 1 1 0 2
Justine Dufour-Lapointe CAN 1 1 0 2
Mikaël Kingsbury CAN 1 1 0 2
Stine Lise Hattestad NOR 1 0 1 2
Tae Satoya JPN 1 0 1 2
Edgar Grospiron FRA 1 0 1 2
Aleksey Grishin BLR 1 0 1 2
Alisa Camplin AUS 1 0 1 2
Lydia Ierodiaconou-Lassila AUS 1 0 1 2
Hannah Kearney USA 1 0 1 2

Event types

Name Gender Still contested? Times held?
Moguls Men 9
Aerials Men 9
Ski Cross Men 3
Halfpipe Men 2
Slopestyle Men 2
Moguls Women 9
Aerials Women 9
Ski Cross Women 3
Halfpipe Women 2
Slopestyle Women 2
Ski Cross Boys 3
Halfpipe Boys 3
Slopestyle Boys 2
Big Air Boys 1
Ski Cross Girls 3
Halfpipe Girls 3
Slopestyle Girls 2
Big Air Girls 1
Ballet Men 2
Ballet Women 2