Olympic Trials - Moguls Showcase
At Voo Doo ski run at the Steamboat Ski Area
- When: Wednesday, December 23, 2009, 12:45 p.m.
- Where: Steamboat Ski Area, Steamboat Springs
- Cost: Not available
- Age limit: Not available
- Categories: Skiing
Competitive moguls skiing at the Olympic level is much more than a trip through a field of bumps. The freestyle skiing event is judged on three criteria, and the result is one of the fastest, most exciting events on snow.
Skiers will start atop the 240-meter Voo Doo mogul run at the Steamboat Ski Area. They must not only make their way down to the bottom of the icy bumps run, but also hit two jumps on the way down, turn and land a series of tricks — and do it all without showing the judges any sweat.
The scoring is split into three segments. Half of a skier’s score is based on turns. They are judged on taking the most direct route from the starting gate to the bottom, their ability to carve between the bumps, their ability to absorb and extend their legs through the bumps, and the composure of their upper body — keeping their chest and head forward, and shoulders level.
Twenty-five percent of the final score is based on the air components, or the quantity and quality of tricks a skier is able to turn while flying off two kickers that are built into the course.
Finally, another 25 percent of the final score is based on a skier’s time on the course compared with the rest of the field.
The field is wide open for the men and women. The women’s race will be between a few highly accomplished, veteran skiers. Three skiers in that field have already competed in previous Olympic Games.
The four U.S. men at the 2006 Games, meanwhile, have retired. There’s no shortage of competitors eager to take their places.