Olympic freestyle skiing types
At a time when Olympic freestyle skiing is trending at ski resorts worldwide, it is good to know about the roots or origins of this favorite wintertime sport. This popular skiing discipline consists of much more than skiing down slops or mountains because “it requires a certain skill set,” explained a longtime skier commenting online. For instance, the art of “freestyle” involves slop styles, moguls, cross and half-pipe as part of the Winter Olympics and other free skiing events.
Understanding the ins and outs of freestyle
While most fans say they enjoy freestyle skiing when watching Winter Olympics action, they usually don’t understand that this type of skiing involves required aerial spins, flips and even skiers having special boxes and sliding rails on their skis. For example, the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association recently unveiled its website with details on how any ski fan can become skilled in freestyle skiing. The association noted that freestyle requires “the best preparation possible,” and that safety on the slopes is always job #1 for both experts and novices.
Preparing for 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea
While Olympic skiers are busy preparing for the forthcoming 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, there are others who simply enjoy freestyle as part of their day out on the slopes. What Olympic skiers offer in terms of instructions about how best to freestyle ski is experience, because “experience is all-important when attempting a ‘freestyle’ halfpipe or aerial,” say former Olympic ski professionals commenting online.
The best way to train for freestyle includes:
– Focus on strength training first and foremost before ever getting on skis because safety is the watchword when attempting the mogul and aerial disciplines that this sport requires.
– Emphasis on being a really good all-around skier before taking on the required freestyle skiing somersaults and aerial twists that can result in serious injury if not performed properly.
– Learning the rules of freestyle skiing that includes the required components of being able to “fly in the air,” and land; while always keeping one’s perfect form. This is important because your safety during mogul skiing very much depends on the successful landing. What we mean, you can see in this video with Jason Begg Smith.
– Training for the razzle-and-dazzle of freestyle ski moves that includes being able to do a “back-scratcher,” “helicopter,” or many other creative and unique ski jumps.
In general, the “art” of Olympic freestyle skiing is all about being a great all-around skier who can also jump, fly in the air and always land with grace and pose during competition.