Freestyle Skiing at the 2018 Winter Olympics

Dates 9 – 23 February 2018
Medal Events 10

The freestyle skiing events at the 2018 Winter Olympics were held at Phoenix PyeongChang ski resort, known until shortly before the Games as Bogwang Phoenix Park, which had opened in December 1995 and would also host the Olympic snowboarding tournament. The program remained the same as it had been in 2014, when halfpipe and slopestyle had been added to the tournament.

Canada captured the most gold medals, as they had in 2010 and 2014, as well as the overall medal total, which they had also accomplished at the previous edition. Canada and the United States were not, however, quite as dominant as they had been in Sochi, where they took 16 of the of 30 available medals and 7 of the 10 titles between them. This time they took only eleven of the medals and five of the golds, with Canada’s four victories making it the only nation to win more than one event. Many more nations, therefore, were able to experience a podium finish in freestyle skiing in PyeongChang.

Perhaps the most unlikely victory came from Ukraine’s Oleksandr Abramenko who, despite competing in his fourth Olympics, was relatively unknown before he won the men’s aerials. It was his country’s first podium finish in freestyle skiing and only its third winter Olympic medal as an independent nation. Izzy Atkin of Great Britain, Yuliya Galysheva of Kazakhstan, and Nico Porteous of New Zealand, meanwhile, snagged their countries’ first medals in freestyle skiing by taking bronze in women’s slopestyle and moguls, and men’s halfpipe respectively.

Brendan Newby of Ireland, competing in the men’s halfpipe, became the first Olympic freestyle skier from his country, as did Robert Franco of Mexico after his participation in the men’s slopestyle. Franco’s participation was somewhat controversial, as he was born in the United States and represented them abroad through the 2015 World Championships, thereafter switching to Mexico on the basis of his dual nationality. Far more controversial, however, was Liz Swaney, who became Hungary’s first freestyle skier by taking part in the women’s halfpipe. The American-born Swaney competed internationally for Hungary through the ancestry of her grandparents, and performed basic tricks that would ensure she finished in the top 30 competitors enough times to earn a spot at the Games. At the Olympics, she maintained her simplistic style and finished last, with opinion divided on whether she was an outsider who made her dream come true, or someone who took advantage of the system and stole a spot that might have gone to someone who had worked harder for it.

Events

Event Status Date Participants NOCs
Moguls, Men Olympic 9 – 12 February 2018 29 11
Aerials, Men Olympic 17 – 18 February 2018 25 11
Ski Cross, Men Olympic 21 February 2018 31 11
Halfpipe, Men Olympic 20 – 22 February 2018 27 11
Slopestyle, Men Olympic 18 February 2018 30 12
Moguls, Women Olympic 9 – 11 February 2018 30 14
Aerials, Women Olympic 15 – 16 February 2018 25 9
Ski Cross, Women Olympic 23 February 2018 23 13
Halfpipe, Women Olympic 19 – 20 February 2018 24 13
Slopestyle, Women Olympic 17 February 2018 23 12
266 (142/124) 27 (23/23)

Medals

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Moguls, Men Mikaël KingsburyCAN Matt GrahamAUS Daichi HaraJPN
Aerials, Men Oleksandr AbramenkoUKR Jia ZongyangCHN Ilya BurovROC
Ski Cross, Men Brady LemanCAN Marc BischofbergerSUI Sergey RidzikROC
Halfpipe, Men David WiseUSA Alex FerreiraUSA Nico PorteousNZL
Slopestyle, Men Øystein BråtenNOR Nick GoepperUSA Alex Beaulieu-MarchandCAN
Moguls, Women Perrine LaffontFRA Justine Dufour-LapointeCAN Yuliya GalyshevaKAZ
Aerials, Women Hanna HuskovaBLR Zhang XinCHN Kong FanyuCHN
Ski Cross, Women Kelsey SerwaCAN Britt PhelanCAN Fanny SmithSUI
Halfpipe, Women Cassie SharpeCAN Marie MartinodFRA Brita SigourneyUSA
Slopestyle, Women Sarah HöfflinSUI Mathilde GremaudSUI Izzy AtkinGBR

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Canada CAN 4 2 1 7
Switzerland SUI 1 2 1 4
United States USA 1 2 1 4
France FRA 1 1 0 2
Belarus BLR 1 0 0 1
Norway NOR 1 0 0 1
Ukraine UKR 1 0 0 1
People's Republic of China CHN 0 2 1 3
Australia AUS 0 1 0 1
Russian Olympic Committee ROC 0 0 2 2
Great Britain GBR 0 0 1 1
Japan JPN 0 0 1 1
Kazakhstan KAZ 0 0 1 1
New Zealand NZL 0 0 1 1