Freestyle skiing at the 2014 Winter Olympics

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Freestyle skiing
at the XXII Olympic Winter Games
Freestyle Skiing (Aerials), Sochi 2014.png Freestyle Skiing (Halfpipe), Sochi 2014.png Freestyle Skiing (Moguls), Sochi 2014.png Freestyle Skiing (Ski Cross), Sochi 2014.png Freestyle Skiing (Slopestyle), Sochi 2014.png
Pictograms for Aerials, Halfpipe, Moguls, Ski Cross, and Slopestyle.
Venue Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
Dates 6–21 February 2014
Competitors 277 from 30 nations
2010
2018
Freestyle skiing at the 2014 Winter Olympics
Freestyle skiing pictogram.svg
Aerials   men   women
Halfpipe men women
Moguls men women
Ski cross men women
Slopestyle men women

Freestyle skiing at the 2014 Winter Olympics was held at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park near Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. The ten events took place between 6–21 February 2014.[1]

In April 2011 the International Olympic Committee approved the addition of the halfpipe event for both, men and women.[2] In July 2011, slopestyle was also added to the program, therefore a total of four new events were added to the freestyle skiing program.[3]

Competition schedule[edit]

Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort, the venue for freestyle skiing

The following is the competition schedule for all ten events.[4]

All times are (UTC+4).

Date Time Event
6 February 18:00 Women's moguls qualification
8 February 18:00 Women's moguls qualification 2
22:00 Women's moguls final
10 February 18:00 Men's moguls qualification
22:00 Men's moguls final
11 February 10:00 Women's slopestyle qualification
13:00 Women's slopestyle final
13 February 10:15 Men's slopestyle qualification
13:30 Men's slopestyle final
14 February 17:45 Women's aerials qualification
21:30 Women's aerials final
17 February 17:45 Men's aerials qualification
21:30 Men's aerials final
18 February 17:45 Men's halfpipe qualification
21:30 Men's halfpipe final
20 February 11:45 Men's ski cross qualification
13:30 Men's ski cross finals
18:30 Women's halfpipe qualification
21:30 Women's halfpipe final
21 February 11:45 Women's ski cross qualification
13:30 Women's ski cross finals

Medal summary[edit]

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Canada (CAN) 4 4 1 9
2  United States (USA) 3 2 2 7
3  Belarus (BLR) 2 0 0 2
4  France (FRA) 1 2 2 5
5  Australia (AUS) 0 1 1 2
 China (CHN) 0 1 1 2
7  Japan (JPN) 0 0 1 1
 Russia (RUS) 0 0 1 1
 Sweden (SWE) 0 0 1 1
Total 10 10 10 30

Men's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's aerials
details
Anton Kushnir
 Belarus
134.50 David Morris
 Australia
110.41 Jia Zongyang
 China
95.06
Men's halfpipe
details
David Wise
 United States
92.00 Mike Riddle
 Canada
90.60 Kevin Rolland
 France
88.60
Men's moguls
details
Alexandre Bilodeau
 Canada
26.31 Mikaël Kingsbury
 Canada
24.71 Alexandr Smyshlyaev
 Russia
24.34
Men's slopestyle
details
Joss Christensen
 United States
95.80 Gus Kenworthy
 United States
93.60 Nick Goepper
 United States
92.40
Men's ski cross
details
Jean-Frédéric Chapuis
 France
Arnaud Bovolenta
 France
Jonathan Midol
 France

Women's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Women's aerials
details
Alla Tsuper
 Belarus
98.01 Xu Mengtao
 China
83.50 Lydia Lassila
 Australia
72.12
Women's halfpipe
details
Maddie Bowman
 United States
89.00 Marie Martinod
 France
85.40 Ayana Onozuka
 Japan
83.20
Women's moguls
details
Justine Dufour-Lapointe
 Canada
22.44 Chloé Dufour-Lapointe
 Canada
21.66 Hannah Kearney
 United States
21.49
Women's slopestyle
details
Dara Howell
 Canada
94.20 Devin Logan
 United States
85.40 Kim Lamarre
 Canada
85.00
Women's ski cross
details
Marielle Thompson
 Canada
Kelsey Serwa
 Canada
Anna Holmlund
 Sweden

Qualification[edit]

A maximum of 282 quota spots were available to athletes to compete at the games. A maximum of 26 athletes could be entered by a National Olympic Committee, with a maximum of 14 men or 14 women. The five different events had different quota amounts allocated to them.[5]

Participating nations[edit]

276 athletes from 30 nations participated, with number of athletes in parentheses. Four nations, Belgium, Brazil, The British Virgin Islands and Chile made their Olympic debuts in the sport. Paraguay made its first appearance at the Winter Olympics, with its only athlete competing in freestyle skiing.[6]

Controversy[edit]

Both Canada and Slovenia both appealed separately to the Court of Arbitration for Sport that the three French athletes in the Big Final of the men's ski cross final, had their pants illegally changed by their coach. They argued it gave the three an aerodynamic advantage over the rest of the field. Both countries first appealed to the International Ski Federation, but were rejected since they appealed hours after the end of the competition (when the deadline was 15 minutes after the close of the race). The appeal to the court was ultimately unsuccessful as well, because the Court agreed with the ski federation that the appeal was filed past the deadline.[7]

Notes[edit]

Alexandre Bilodeau became the first freestyle skiing gold medalist to defend his Olympic title, winning the men's moguls, following up his 2010 Olympics gold in men's moguls.[8] Justine Dufour-Lapointe became the youngest freestyle skiing Olympic champion ever in the women's mogul event.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rosa Khutor Extreme Park". SOOC. Retrieved 10 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Dwyer, Olivia (6 April 2011). "Ski halfpipe approved for 2014 Olympics". ESPN. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Dwyer, Olivia (4 July 2011). "Slopestyle approved for 2014 Olympics". ESPN. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Freestyle Skiing Schedule and Results". SOOC. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Qualification Systems for XXII Olympic Winter Games, Sochi 2014" (PDF). International Ski Federation. December 2011. Retrieved 10 November 2012. 
  6. ^ Vincent, Gordon (6 December 2013). "Winchester's Marino is first Winter Olympian from Paraguay". Middlesex East. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Canada's skicross appeal over altered pants dismissed". Associated Press. Sochi, Russia: Toronto Star. 23 February 2014. Retrieved March 2014.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  8. ^ Graves, Will (10 February 2014). "Canada's Alex Bilodeau takes gold in men's moguls, first two-time freestyle Olympic champion". The Republic. Columbus, Indiana. Associated Press. Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. 
  9. ^ The Canadian Press (8 February 2014). "Dufour-Lapointe sisters win gold and silver in Olympic moguls". CTV News.