With Freestyle skiing making its debut as a demonstration sport back at the 1988 in Calgary Games, 2018 marks our 30 year anniversary as part of the Olympic movement. We couldn’t think of a better way to mark the milestone than by introducing our Freestyle Family to the Top 30 moments in our Olympic history.
Beginning January 8, 2018, we will showcase one moment daily, with the final moment being released on February 9, 2018, which is also the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Pyeonchang Games.
Freestyle Canada sure has a lot of history to introduce you to. From the tremendous run in the late 80s and 90s by the Aerials team, dubbed the ‘Royal Canadian Air Force’, to the longstanding reign in moguls thanks to legends like Jean-Luc Brassard, Jennifer Heil and Alexandre Bilodeau, to the new disciplines of halfpipe and slopestyle skiing named official Olympic sports in 2014. In eight Olympic Games, the team has recorded 19 Olympic medals, with a record seven medals won at the 2014 Sochi Games.
But it’s more than just the wins. It’s about the stories behind the medals, and introducing you to the pioneers, the innovators, the dreamers and the architects that have catapulted Canada to the top of the international freestyle skiing scene these past 30 years.
To kick off our countdown, we return to WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, where freestyle skiing made its debut as a demonstration sport. Our Canadian team competed in the disciplines of moguls, aerials and ski ballet, with our first moment dedicated to Jean-Marc Rozon, a pioneer in the sport of Freestyle Skiing and winner of the gold medal in the aerials event.
Jean-Marc’s moment, along with the rest of the Top 30 count down, will live in Freestyle Canada’s new Olympic section online. Here, you can also download the Olympic broadcast schedule for the freestyle skiing events and get to know members of the team (official announcement happening Monday January 22, 2018).