Ladies' aerials finals from Voss at the 2013 FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships
Ballet 15 metre above the ground is the best way to describe the strong competition in the ladies Areils finals. Mengtao Xu (CHN) is 1st place, Veronika Korsunova (RUS) in 2nd place and Danielle Scott (AUS) in 3rd.
Freestyle is one of the six Olympic disciplines administered by FIS - The International Ski Federation. The Event consists of the disciplines Moguls, Aerials, Skier - Cross and Half-Pipe and Slope Style. Freestyle skiing is a young snow sport. 1960's were a time of evolution, as young people looked for different forms of expression in winter sports. Freestyle skiing began to be organized in that decade when the advancements in modern ski equipment and freedom of expression led to new and exciting skiing techniques. Originally, a mix of alpine skiing and acrobatics, the first freestyle skiing competition was held in Attitash, New Hampshire in 1966. A relative newcomer to the Olympic Winter Games, Freestyle Moguls became an Olympic event in 1992 in Albertville. Freestyle Aerials were added for the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer. The newest Olympic Winter Games event, Freestyle Ski Cross, made its debut in Vancouver in 2010. In 2014 two additional Freestyle events have been added to the Olympic schedule Freestyle Halfpipe and Slope Style
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FIS Freestyle website
As the governing body of international skiing and snowboarding, FIS manages the Olympic disciplines of Alpine Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Jumping, Nordic Combined, Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding, including setting the international competition rules. Through its 116 member nations, more than 6'500 FIS ski and snowboard competitions are staged annually.