How To Watch Freestyle Skiing – The 2018 Winter Olympics

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Freestyle skiing embraces all the aspects of the sport not used by alpine or cross-country skiing. In the 2018 PyeongChang games, skiers from 28 different countries will jump, twirl, and carve their way to Olympic gold in five different events for men and women each. Freestyle skiing takes an incredible amount of skills from all the disciplines needed to do it well. Here’s a breakdown of each event.

Moguls

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In this event, skiers attempt to navigate a trail filled with large lumps of snow called moguls. Sharp parallel skiing skills are needed to get through these difficult trails. Canada dominated the course in the 2014 Sochi games, winning gold and silver in both men’s and women’s moguls.

Aerial

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Here skiers are hitting 2-4 meter jumps in order to perform tricks in the air. Skiers are scored by a group of judges on the creativity and difficulty of their jumps. Grades also involve sticking the landing like gymnastics.

Halfpipe

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Introduced in the 2014 Sochi games, the halfpipe event has skiing going down the snowboard halfpipe and attempts tricks of their own. This is the most dangerous form of skiing in the Olympics – Canadian skier Sarah Burke was killed in a halfpipe training accident in 2014.

Slopestyle

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Think of the slopestyle event as an obstacle course. Skiers head down a trail while taking advantage of rails, jumps, and other hindrances. Like the aerial event, this competition is scored by judges on the basis of originality and difficult. Slopestyle for skiing and snowboarding was introduced at the 2014 Sochi Games.

Ski Cross

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This competition began in the 2010 games in Turin, giving the freestyle skiing events a timed race instead of a box of judges. Participants encounter both natural and man-made obstacles as they try to get the best timed run. What makes this different than alpine skiing?  ALL skiers hit the trail at once.

PyeongChang Olympics Freestyle Skiing Schedule

Men’s Moguls

  • First Qualification Run – Feb 8 at 9:45 p.m. ET
  • Second Qualification Run – Feb 12 at 5:30 a.m. ET
  • Medal Runs – Feb. 12
    • 5:30-6 a.m. ET
    • 7-8:40 a.m. ET

Women’s Moguls

  • Qualification Run – Feb 9 at 8:00 pm ET
  • Medal Runs – Feb. 11
    • 5:30-6 a.m. ET
    • 7-8:40 a.m. ET

Men’s Aerials

  • Qualification Run – Feb. 17 6-7:15 a.m. ET
  • Medal Runs – Feb 18 starting at 6:00 a.m. ET

Women’s Aerials

  • First Qualification Run – Feb. 15 6-7:15 a.m. ET
  • Medal Runs – Feb. 16 6-7:20 a.m. ET

Men’s Slopestyle

  • Qualification – Feb. 17 8-10:05 p.m. ET
  • Medal Runs –  Feb 17 11:15-12:50 a.m. ET

Women’s Slopestyle

  • Qualification – Feb 16 8-9:40 p.m. ET
  • Medal Runs – Feb 16 11 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET

Men’s Halfpipe

  • Qualification – Feb. 19 11 p.m.-12:25 a.m. ET
  • Medal Runs – Feb. 21 9:30-11 p.m. ET

Women’s Halfpipe

  • Qualification – Feb. 18 8-9:25 p.m. ET
  • Medal Runs – Feb. 19 8:30-9:55 p.m. ET

Men’s Ski Cross (all events on Feb 21)

  • Seeding – 9:30 pm
  • ⅛ Finals – 10:15 pm to 10:43 pm
  • Quarterfinals – 10:50 pm to 12:02 am
  • Semifinals – 12:14 am to 12:18 am
  • Small Final – 12:30 am
  • Big Final – 12:35 am

Women’s Ski Cross (all events Feb 23)

  • Seeding – 9:30 pm
  • ⅛ Finals – 10:15 pm to 10:43 pm
  • Quarterfinals – 10:50 pm to 12:02 am
  • Semifinals – 12:14 am to 12:18 am
  • Small Final – 12:30 am
  • Big Final – 12:35 am

How to Watch

Events will be on the NBC family of networks (NBC, CNBC, NBC Sports) and NBCOlympics.com is dedicated to streaming live events. Streamers should have no problem watching events either on their computers or smartphones.

For Cord-Cutters, here’s a list of services that allow you to stream the Olympics LIVE to your TV. Here are the streaming services that carry NBC:

For more details about these services and details about the Olympic Games, visit our main 2018 Winter Olympics page.




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