Author of Story: Zac Amidan with US Ski Team News/USSA.ORG
Slopestyle and Halfpipe Take Over PCMR
PARK CITY, UT (Feb. 1) – Slopestyle and halfpipe skiers fresh off the X Games are preparing for this week’s FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships at Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR). The two events are up for consideration by the International Olympic Committee for possible inclusion in 2014. The first medal event, skiing slopestyle, is on schedule for Thursday at 9:30 a.m. MT.
Training kicked off Tuesday for the inaugural slopestyle World Championships. It’s the first time slopestyle skiing will be included in the World Championship schedule. Qualification for slopestyle takes place Wednesday Feb. 2 at 9:30 a.m. MT on the King’s Crown run, home of the biggest jumps at PCMR. From there the top qualifiers will have the opportunity to ski in Thursday’s finals. The first ever slopestyle men’s and women’s World Champion will be crowned after the top skiers throw down Thursday Feb. 3 at 9:30 a.m. MT.
Skiers will take to the halfpipe on Wednesday morning for their first training runs on PCMR’s Eagle Superpipe. The superpipe is one of the largest halfpipes in North America and was the site for an American sweep in halfpipe snowboarding at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
The American halfpipe ski team will be looking to repeat the success of its snowboarding counterparts. Halfpipe qualifications will take place Friday, Feb. 4 at 9:15 a.m. MT from there the top skiers will move onto the finals. Final runs will be happening on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 11:00 a.m. MT where the halfpipe World Champion will be named for both the men and the women. Halfpipe has been on the World Championship schedule since 2005 and is growing stronger on the international field each year.
The 2011 FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships is a steppingstone for both slopestyle and halfpipe skiing as they fight for inclusion into the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. The event at PCMR will bring together the top skiers from all over the world and show the strength of the international field.
For the complete schedule of events visit: www.parkcitymountain.com
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