There's not a lot that even we can say to tie the capital city of the People's Republic of China in with the sport of skiing. The second most populous city in the most populous country on Earth, Beijing has been a center of culture, commerce, co-mingling for over 3000 years. It is a vast, beautiful, and overwhelming entity that sits at the head table in a gathering of the world's Great Cities. It's too huge for most people to comprehend, let alone see all of. It simply is.
However, while there's currently little in the way of ski-associated imagery that pops into most peoples' heads when they conjure up an image of Beijing, FIS Freestyle is working to change that.
How? Well, in 2013/14, for the first time ever, the FIS Freestyle World Cup tour brought the 'White Circus" to the center of the great Chinese city by way of a World Cup aerials competition held in Beijing National Stadium - also known as "The Bird's Nest."
The Chinese aerials team has a long standing as perhaps the strongest in the world, and World Cup competition in Beijing is a huge draw for the hometown fans. Whether through photos, video, or actual attendance at the event, this is one spectacle that every Freestyle fan should witness.
The 2013/14 event was a great success, with tens of thousands of fans on hand to witness the incredible action. After last year's success, this season's competition promises to be even better, as the now-annual Beijing aerials stop gains momentum and profile in conjunction with Beijing's bid to host the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.
Beijing’s famous Bird’s Nest will see some high-flying action this weekend. Time for the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team’s aerials squad to kick off its season with the first FIS World Cup in China Dec. 20th - 21th.
In the two weeks leading up to the start of the 2014/15 FIS Freestyle World Cup we will be running season previews for all five Freestyle events, beginning today with the aerials preview.