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 developed out of ski acrobatics which started in the 1930s in the United States. It became popular in the 1960s, with the first formal competitions starting at Waterville Valley, New Hampshire in the USA.

Freestyle skiing was first 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. Freestyle has become a very popular spectator sport at the Olympics and the program has expanded to now include aeriels, moguls, skier-cross, halfpipe, and slopestyle events for both men and women. Ballet was never contested as a medal sport at the Olympics, and international competition in that event basically stopped after 2000.

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). The FIS was founded on 2 February 1924 during the Chamonix Olympics. The FIS succeeded the Internationale Skikommission (CIS) which was formed on 18 February 1910 in Christiania (today Oslo). FIS not only governs freestyle skiing, but also Alpine skiing, cross country skiing, Nordic combined, ski jumping, and snowboarding. As of 2020 the FIS had 132 member nations.

All-time medal table

Olympic Games

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

Youth Olympic Games

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Switzerland SUI 3 0 1 4
United States USA 2 4 3 9
People's Republic of China CHN 2 2 0 4
Austria AUT 2 0 1 3
Canada CAN 2 0 1 3
Czech Republic CZE 1 2 1 4
Russian Federation RUS 1 1 2 4
Sweden SWE 1 1 2 4
Great Britain GBR 1 1 1 3
Norway NOR 1 1 1 3
Finland FIN 1 1 0 2
Estonia EST 1 0 0 1
New Zealand NZL 0 1 2 3
Australia AUS 0 1 1 2
France FRA 0 1 1 2
Belgium BEL 0 1 0 1
Germany GER 0 1 0 1
Ukraine UKR 0 0 1 1

Most successful competitors

Olympic Games

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
Aliaksei Hryshyn 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

Youth Olympic Games

Athlete Nat Gold Silver Bronze Total
Gu Ailing CHN 2 1 0 3
Kiernan Fagan USA 1 1 0 2
Madison Rowlands GBR 1 0 1 2
Kai Mahler SUI 1 0 0 1
Lisi Gram AUT 1 0 0 1
Lana Prusakova OAR
RUS
1 0 0 1
Talina Gantenbein SUI 1 0 0 1
Marie Krista SUI 1 0 0 1
Kelly Sildaru EST 1 0 0 1
Andrew Longino CAN 1 0 0 1
Matěj Švancer CZE 1 0 0 1
Erik Wahlberg SWE 1 0 0 1
Michaela Heider AUT 1 0 0 1
Niki Lehikoinen FIN 1 0 0 1
Reece Howden CAN 1 0 0 1
Birk Ruud NOR 1 0 0 1
Birk Irving USA 1 0 0 1

Event types

Name Gender Still contested? Times held?
Moguls Men 10
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