Skiing Events to Watch at the Winter Olympics

Freestyle Skiing

The newest of the Olympic skiing events, freestyle has only been in the Olympics since 1992. The addition, however, has brought a whole new dynamic and level of entertainment to the games. This sport became popular in the 1960's and was originally considered showboating. But with its growth came the development of its main disciplines: aerials, moguls and ski ballet. Today the sport also includes the styles of ski cross, half-pipe and slopestyle.

If you are looking to witness theatrical displays of grace and athleticism this winter, this would definitely be the category to watch.

Ski Jumping

Impressive in both uniqueness and elements of danger, this event dazzles the crowd with skiers launching themselves off massive jumps and then rocketing toward their landing. Prominent since the 1924 Olympics, this sport now has two styles: large and normal hill. Large hill is a bigger jump, at 125 meters, and normal hill has a 95-meter jump. Participants try to land as far as possible down the hill, but points are also awarded by judges based on style. This sport is done individually and as a team.

With so many options in the different categories of Olympic skiing, it's sometimes difficult to decide which events to invest the most time in watching. But, as you can tell, with such diversity in speed, technicality and theatrics, there's no shortage of entertainment during the upcoming Winter Olympics.

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Born and raised in Montana, Tyler developed a reverence for adventure at a young age which he continues to refine. This sentiment has led him all over the United States and around the world; his current goal is to visit all of the U.S. national parks. Though he has dabbled in professional wrestling, archaeology, social-justice advocacy and academia, at his core he is a writer. Find more of his work at www.tylerdunning.com.
Born and raised in Montana, Tyler developed a reverence for adventure at a young age which he continues to refine. This sentiment has led him all over the United States and around the world; his current goal is to visit all of the U.S. national parks. Though he has dabbled in professional wrestling, archaeology, social-justice advocacy and academia, at his core he is a writer. Find more of his work at www.tylerdunning.com.

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