freestyle skiing

Freestyle skiing at the 2002 Winter Olympics

Four freestyle skiing events were held at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, at the venue in Deer Valley. There were both men's and women's competition in both aerials and moguls events. In moguls, the athletes ski down a slope littered with moguls, attempting to get down in as fast a time as possible while also attempting to get points for technique and their two aerial jumps during the course. The aerials events consisted of two jumps, which were judged by air, form and landing.

Men's events

Men's aerials

February 19, 2002
Medal Athlete Score
Gold Aleš Valenta (CZE) 257.02
Silver Joe Pack (USA) 251.64
Bronze Alexei Grichin (BLR) 251.19
Jeff Bean (CAN) 250.97
Stanislav Kravchuk (UKR) 246.30
Brian Currutt (USA) 245.19
Dmitri Dashinski (BLR) 244.29
Andrew Capicik (CAN) 243.78
Valenta completed five twists in three flips to take the gold, while defending Olympic champion Eric Bergoust, in first place after the first jump, fell on the second after jumping too hard and ended up in last place.

Men's moguls

February 12, 2002
Medal Athlete Score
Gold Janne Lahtela (FIN) 27.97
Silver Travis Mayer (USA) 27.59
Bronze Richard Gay (FRA) 26.91
Jonny Moseley (USA) 26.78
Tapio Luusua (FIN) 26.67
Scott Bellavance (CAN) 26.55
Ryan Johnson (CAN) 26.55
Mikko Ronkanen (FIN) 26.49
Before a crowd of 14,237, Lahtela performed a near-flawless run with a quad twist and triple twist spread to win the gold.

Jonny Moseley, the defending Olympic champion and crowd favorite performed his unusual Dinner Roll jump in both the preliminary and final rounds but was slower than the medalists, and finished fourth.

Women's events

Women's aerials

February 18, 2002
Medal Athlete Score
Gold Alisa Camplin (AUS) 193.47
Silver Veronica Brenner (CAN) 190.02
Bronze Deidra Dionne (CAN) 189.26
Olga Koroleva (RUS) 188.37
Li Nina (CHN) 185.23
Anna Zukal (RUS) 174.24
Natalya Orekhova (RUS) 170.54
Lydia Ierodiakonou (AUS) 169.38
The second Australian winter gold was by Camplin instead of Jacqui Cooper, who injured herself before the competition.

Women's moguls

February 9, 2002
Medal Athlete Score
Gold Kari Traa (NOR) 25.94
Silver Shannon Bahrke (USA) 25.06
Bronze Tae Satoya (JPN) 24.85
Jennifer Heil (CAN) 24.84
Hannah Hardaway (USA) 24.77
Aiko Uemura (JPN) 24.66
Ann Battelle (USA) 24.62
Sandra Laoura (FRA) 24.12

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