Olympic Trials - Aerials Run 1

  • When: Thursday, December 24, 2009, 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Where: Steamboat Ski Area, Steamboat Springs
  • Cost: Not available
  • Age limit: Not available
  • Categories: Skiing

At the Voo Doo ski run at the Steamboat Ski Area

After being added to the 1994 Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway, the sport of aerials has truly become one of the must-see events.

Skiers soar 50 feet in the air off of a jump made of snow, landing on a steep slope where the snow is chopped for a softer landing. Keys to a successful run are finding the right speed to take the jump. Once in the air, skiers perform flips and twists.

Judges score athletes on the quality of the takeoff, height, form and body position and how skiers maintain balance when they land.

In the Olympics, skiers compete in two rounds of qualification jumps, and the top 16 move on to the final round.

The skier with the best combined score from two finals jumps wins.

Currently, the highest scored trick is the Hurricane, performed by Jeret “Speedy” Peterson. It involves three flips and five twists. The second flip alone has three twists.

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