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History

Trick skiing was first seen in norway in the 1700s, but Freestyle skiing began in the 1930s when Norwegian skiers began preforming acrobatics during alpine and cross-country skiing. The first competitions of Freestyle skiing started in 1971, before that all of it was non completive freestyle skiing. The sport was only recognized by the international skiing federation 1979 and brought in new regulations regarding certification of athletes and jump techniques in an effort to curb the dangerous elements of the competitions. The first World Cup series was staged in 1980 and the first World championships took place in 1986 in Tignes, France. Freestyle skiing was a demonstration event at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. Mogul skiing was added as an official medal event at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville.( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freestyle_skiing)


What is Freestyle skiing

Their are many different types of Freestyle skiing, including: Mogul Skiing, Ski Ballet, Skiercross,New School and ariel skiing .

- Mogul skiing is when their are series of bumps in the trail and the skier has to go between the bumps.
- Ski Ballet is no longer part of competitive Freestyle skiing Ballet involved a choreographed routine of flips, rolls, leg crossings, jumps, and spins performed on a smooth slope.
- Skiercross is a new event in the Olympics were the skier will race with out a judged component.
- New school is basically doing all the same jumps and obstacles snowboarder do and doing them on skies.
- "Aerialists ski off jumps, usually built of wood, sometimes metal and then covered with snow, that propel them up to 40-50 feet in the air. Once in the air, professional aerialists perform multiple flips and twists before landing on a 34- to 39-degree inclined landing hill about 100 feet in length

These events will be held in the Vancouver Olympics in 2010."( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freestyle_skiing)


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Traing
Moguls- "The highly technical nature of moguls requires core and muscular strength as well as endurance. Strength is necessary to absorb the impact of the moguls, making the bumps look easy and smooth-flowing. Inverted tricks require a lot of patience and repetition as they are learned over time."
Ski cross- "Like aerials and moguls, ski cross requires a strong technical alpine ski base. Many of the best ski cross athletes come from competitive alpine ski racing or mountain free skiing backgrounds.
These athletes focus on technical skills and speed work. As much as possible, ski cross athletes will train by racing up to four other skiers on a course in order to increase their comfort level skiing with other athletes. Many national teams don't have ski cross course set up full time, but these special courses are often built for training camps. Every ski cross course is different so skiers will spend two or three days training on a competition course before an event begins to become familiar with its contours and features.
The explosive start is the most critical part of the ski cross race. Athletes’ dryland training consists of upper body work, focusing on muscles used to propel themselves out of the start gate by using two parallel handles. They also work on leg strength in the weight room by doing squat lifts and power cleans.
The key to being a strong ski cross athlete is being strong and supple in the legs and having the ability to manoeuvre any kind of terrain with good technical skill. Increased practice provides athletes with increased comfort in the air. Versatility and fearlessness are key in this discipline."
Aerials- "The older, more experienced athletes will execute five to ten high difficulty tricks per training session, up to five to six days a week, while younger aerialists perform more jumps with a lesser degree of difficulty.
When off their skis, aerialists work on core and abdominal muscles as well as balance exercises with wobble boards and yoga balls. Cross-training consists of cycling, light jogging and exercises that minimize knee strain as these athletes absorb much of their landings in their knees. In the off-season, they will also train on water ramps." (http://www.vancouver2010.com/olympic-freestyle-skiing/additional-information/training_145930oq.html)


Canadian successes for Freestyle skiing in the Winter Olympics
Canada has now won 6 medals in FreeStyle skiing in the Winter Olympics. They have won 2 gold medals, 2 silver medals and 2 bronze medals for a total of 6 medals.
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Event That will Occur at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010

February 13, 2010

16:30 - Freestyle Skiing - Ladies' Moguls Qualification
19:30 - Freestyle Skiing - Ladies' Moguls Final

February 14, 2010

14:30 - Freestyle Skiing - Men's Moguls Qualification
17:30 - Freestyle Skiing - Men's Moguls Final

February 20, 2010

10:00 - Freestyle Skiing - Ladies' Aerials Qualification Jump 1
10:50* - Freestyle Skiing - Ladies' Aerials Qualification Jump 2

February 21, 2010

9:15 - Freestyle Skiing - Men's Ski Cross Qualification
12:15 - Freestyle Skiing - Men's Ski Cross 1/8 Finals
12:48* - Freestyle Skiing - Men's Ski Cross Quarterfinals
13:07* - Freestyle Skiing - Men's Ski Cross Semifinals
13:18* - Freestyle Skiing - Men's Ski Cross Finals

February 22, 2010

18:00 - Freestyle Skiing - Men's Aerials Qualification Jump 1
18:50* - Freestyle Skiing - Men's Aerials Qualification Jump 2

February 23, 2010

10:30 - Freestyle Skiing - Ladies' Ski Cross Qualification
13:00 - Freestyle Skiing - Ladies' Ski Cross 1/8 Finals
13:33* - Freestyle Skiing - Ladies' Ski Cross Quarterfinals
13:52* - Freestyle Skiing - Ladies' Ski Cross Semifinals
14:03* - Freestyle Skiing - Ladies' Ski Cross Finals

February 24, 2010

19:30 - Freestyle Skiing - Ladies' Aerials Final - Jump 1
19:58* - Freestyle Skiing - Ladies' Aerials Final - Jump 2

February 25, 2010

18:00 - Freestyle Skiing - Men's Aerials Final - Jump 1
18:28* - Freestyle Skiing - Men's Aerials Final - Jump 2
Freestyle skiiers who will participate in the 2010 winter olympics in vancouver.
Men

  • Alexandre Bilodeau
  • |Renaud Jacques-Dagenais
  • |Maxime Gingras
  • Vincent Marquis
  • Pierre-Alexandre Rousseau
Women
    • Chloé Dufour-Lapointe
    • Jennifer Heil
    • Kristi Richards
    • Stephanie St-Pierre


About Alexandre bilodeau
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Date of Birth: September 8, 1987
Age: 22
Place of Birth: Montréal, Que.
Place of Residence:Rosemère, Que.
Height: 176 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Years on National Team: 5

Result highlights
• 2009 FIS Overall Champion
• 2009 FIS World Cup Mogul Champion
• 2009 Dual Mogul World Champion
• 2006 FIS Rookie of the Year

Career Highlights
• Had eight podium finishes (five golds, three silvers) in nine starts in the 2008/2009 World Cup season.
• Part of two historic Canadian men’s mogul podium sweeps in 2009 at Ski Mt. Gabriel and Are.
• Youngest man in FIS history to win a gold at a World Cup event at the 2006 Ski Mt. Gabriel in 2006.
• Competed in his first Olympic Winter Games in Turin in 2006, placed 11th
• First freestyle mogul skier to perform a double twisting flip in competition at the 2005 Fernie Nor Am
My Heroes
My brother, Frédéric Bilodeau and Jean-Luc Brassard
Charities I support
Cerebral Palsy Association of Quebec
What’s on my iPod
Anything but country or classical
Favorite Movies
300, Gladiator, Old School, Hangover
Favorite TV Series
Prison Break
Things I like to do outside of skiing
Play piano, free ski
It would surprise you to know that
I used to compete in both aerials and moguls. At 14 years old, I was the youngest athlete to perform a triple jump. Upon joining the National Development team program in 2004, I chose to pursue a career in moguls
If I wasn’t an athlete I would be
Fighter jet pilot


The equipment for freestyle skiing

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