Freestyle Skiing at the 2014 Winter Olympics

Dates 6 – 21 February 2014
Medal Events 10

Freestyle skiing events were held at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park in the Mountain Cluster of venues in Krasnaya Polyana, about 60 kilometres northeast of Sochi/Adler, where the indoor events were contested at the Coastal Cluster. The entire Mountain Cluster of venues was built specifically for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games. The freestyle skiing program was expanded by four events with halfpipe and slopestyle events for both men and women added to the standard program of moguls, aerials, and skiier-cross. Freestyle skiing in Sochi was dominated by North America, with Canada and the United States winning 7 of the 10 gold medals, and over half of all medals awarded – 16 of 30.

Freestyle skiing was marked by some tragedy leading up to the events. Prior to the Games, Brazilian freestyler Lais Souza was training in Utah when she was tragically injured in a fall, rendering her quadriplegic after a cervical spine injury. Souza had previously competed at the Olympics in gymnastics in 2004-08 and was looking to become the first Olympics gymnast to also compete at the Winter Olympics. During the Games, Russian freestyler Mariya Komassarova was also injured training, breaking and dislocating her back. She underwent several surgeries but it was later announced that she was a paraplegic, although it is early in her recovery.

One year before Sochi, Canadian freestyle skiier Sarah Burke, who would have been a medal contender in Sochi, fell and hit her head while training. She sustained a severe head injury and died a few days later. Several of the Sochi freestylers attempted to compete with a black armband in her memory but the International Olympic Committee (IOC) would not allow this, quoting Olympic Charter rules against advertising, though it was hard to know what the skiiers were advertising. In Burke’s honor, the skiiers came up with something better, before the IOC knew about it. Her ashes were scattered over the halfpipe where she would have competed, leaving her memory there in perpetuity.

After all that the events seemed but an afterthought but they went off well. The snowboarders initially had complaints about the difficulty and safety of the slopestyle course, and the layout of the halfpipe. But some changes were made and no major injuries occurred during the competitions. The freestylers competed after the snowboarders, for the most part, and they had few complaints.


Event Status Date Participants NOCs
Moguls, Men Olympic 10 February 2014 29 11
Aerials, Men Olympic 17 February 2014 21 9
Ski Cross, Men Olympic 20 February 2014 31 13
Halfpipe, Men Olympic 18 February 2014 28 13
Slopestyle, Men Olympic 13 February 2014 32 15
Moguls, Women Olympic 6 – 8 February 2014 28 13
Aerials, Women Olympic 14 February 2014 22 9
Ski Cross, Women Olympic 21 February 2014 28 12
Halfpipe, Women Olympic 20 February 2014 23 13
Slopestyle, Women Olympic 11 February 2014 22 15
262 (139/123) 30 (23/27)


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Moguls, Men Alex BilodeauCAN Mikaël KingsburyCAN Aleksandr SmyshlyayevRUS
Aerials, Men Anton KushnirBLR David MorrisAUS Jia ZongyangCHN
Ski Cross, Men Jean-Frédéric ChapuisFRA Arnaud BovolentaFRA Jonathan MidolFRA
Halfpipe, Men David WiseUSA Mike RiddleCAN Kévin RollandFRA
Slopestyle, Men Joss ChristensenUSA Gus KenworthyUSA Nick GoepperUSA
Moguls, Women Justine Dufour-LapointeCAN Chloé Dufour-LapointeCAN Hannah KearneyUSA
Aerials, Women Ala TsuperBLR Xu MengtaoCHN Lydia LassilaAUS
Ski Cross, Women Marielle ThompsonCAN Kelsey SerwaCAN Anna HolmlundSWE
Halfpipe, Women Maddie BowmanUSA Marie MartinodFRA Ayana OnozukaJPN
Slopestyle, Women Dara HowellCAN Devin LoganUSA Kim LamarreCAN

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Canada CAN 4 4 1 9
United States USA 3 2 2 7
Belarus BLR 2 0 0 2
France FRA 1 2 2 5
Australia AUS 0 1 1 2
People's Republic of China CHN 0 1 1 2
Japan JPN 0 0 1 1
Russian Federation RUS 0 0 1 1
Sweden SWE 0 0 1 1