What are the FIS Freestyle World Championship

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[edit] What are the FIS World Championships?

The FIS Freestyle World Championships is a gathering of all of the best freestyle skiers in the world.

A world championship(s) is the top achievement for any sport. The title is usually awarded in Freestyle Skiing competitions that test the ability of of the competitor to performance on a particular date at a particular time. These competitions determines the best nation and individuals in the world in Freestyle Skiing.

[edit] FIS World Championships by Discipline

The International Ski Federation (FIS) hold their World Championships in the following Olympic events;

  • Nordic Skiing since 1925 [1]
  • Alpine Skiing since 1931 [2]
  • Freestyle Skiing since 1986 [3]
  • Snowboarding since 1996 [4]

[edit] The Most Important FIS Freestyle Competitions

They are the most important FIS Freestyle Skiing competitions;

  • They are Exclusive; with limited quotas (maximum 4 competitors per nation / per event)
  • They are Rare; Occurring every second year and so far only 12 Championships have every been held
  • They are Global; With over 30 nations attending
  • They are Prestigious; To be awarded a FIS World Championship medal, is the highest recognition in skiing that a competitor skier can achieve.

These competitions occur every two years (odd numbered years), and it either follows the Winter Olympic Games or precedes the Winter Olympics.

[edit] FIS Freestyle World Championships Competition Program

The competitions usually occur over a five (5) to seven (7) day period. See the program section for details of the 2005 Ruka FIN, 2007 Madonna di Campiglio ITA or 2009 Inawashiro JPN program.

Each Freestyle Skiing event has a qualification competition and then followed by a final.

In a qualification competition, all the competitors compete on the course.

For the final; just the top skiers make a second run(s), which determines who will be crowned as the;

[edit] An Evolving Competition Program

The number of different ski events staged at the FIS Freestyle World Championships has varied over the past 25 years.

The first set of Championships (1986 – 1997) included the ‘original’ or ‘classical’ Freestyle events of Moguls, Aerials, Acro and Combined. The Combined competitions were an addition and ranking of results of these 3 different events.

Both Acro and Combined were dropped after the Meiringen, SUI (1999) due to limited interest and participation by the National Ski Associations.

From 1997 till 2003, the most popular “Olympic’ Freestyle events of Moguls and Aerials have been staged. Dual Moguls, a variation of the Mogul competition, was added in 1999.

Based upon the continuing evolution of competitive ski competitions, a newer set of events has been recently added. After a proposal was made to the FIS Congress in 2002, it was agreed to add ‘Freestyle Ski Cross’ and ‘Freestyle Ski HalfPipe’ to the Freestyle program.

[edit] New Freestyle World Championship Competitions

These new competitions were first introduced in 2005 in Ruka Finland. These two new events of ‘Halfpipe’ and ‘Ski Cross’ have been successfully introduced into the Freestyle FIS World Cup starting in season 2002 / 2003.

In Ski Cross, this new form of ski competitions, links together certain elements of Alpine Ski Racing but has 4 persons on a Snowboard Cross like course at once.

The IOC recently agreed to Ski Cross to the program of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, due it dramatic development and interest by many National Ski Associations.

The feeling and spirit of Snowboarding is presented in the Halfpipe event.

The addition and the deletion of Freestyle events can be looked at as a renewal process and search to be relevant to young skiers of today.

The developments of these events are based upon the youthful interest of the young skiers, in competitive ski competitions.

[edit] Also See

Return to Freestyle Skiing, Back Ground Information on the FIS Freestyle World Championships or FIS Freestyle World Championships

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