9 words you need to know for freestyle skiing
The 2014 Winter Olympic Games are underway, and we are celebrating this season of sport in the best way we know how: with words.
For the duration of the Games, we are featuring terminology from many of this year’s competed sports. Today’s wordlist primer focuses on:
Freestyle skiing is a ski discipline that incorporates tricks and jumps similar to those found in snowboarding and other sports that have at one time or other been classified as “extreme”. At the Winter Olympics, 5 freestyle skiing events are competed: aerials, moguls, ski cross, and new to the 2014 Games, half-pipe and slopestyle. Here are 9 words you need to know for freestyle skiing, although you’ll also find some of them useful for other disciplines:
crud (n.) – heavy snow on which it is difficult to ski
fall line (n.) – the route leading straight down any particular part of a ski slope
mogul (n.) – a bump on a ski slope formed by skiers turning; also (chiefly moguls): a freestyle skiing event in which skiers negotiate a run featuring a number of such bumps
aerials (n.) – a type of freestyle skiing in which the skier jumps from a ramp and carries out manoeuvres in the air
spreadeagle (adj.) – stretched out with one’s arms and legs extended
superpipe (n.) – an extended half-pipe constructed of snow banks forming a high-walled channel, down which freestyle skiers travel while performing aerial manoeuvres on each wall of the channel alternately
tuck (n.) – a position with the knees bent and held close to the chest, often with the hands clasped round the shins
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