scheme began in North America in the mid-1800s when miners strapped longboards onto their feet and slid down the slopes to pass the time during the long winters in those days a good skier was someone who could just get to the bottom of the hill without falling but by the 1960s the world had more than 10 million avid skiers and a good skier was someone who could keep his skis together and make his way down the slope with a few jumps and some quick Wiggles but things change in the 70s millions of skiers created millions of mobiles and the hot dogger was born on March 10th 1971 in Aspen Colorado a hundred skiers and 3,000 spectators were on hand to take part in the world's first hot dog contest a new pair of skis would be awarded to the skier who can make the hottest fastest run down the ridge of Bell Mountain a fall was only judged as a fall if the skier came to a complete stop otherwise it was considered a recovery and great recoveries scored high the rules were made is the contest progressed and contestants received points in the judges based on the reaction of the crowd Sun Valley's Dave wheeler a dazzling off-the-wall performance and stocks and sex the crowd went wild when squirrel O'Callahan put in this winning run that covered the entire course and included a near-miss of the crowd unscheduled airtime and several disastrous Falls that O'Callahan craftily converted into incredible recoveries within two years hot-dogging became Skeens biggest spectator event and 200 competitors would show up for a contest where $50,000 in cash prizes would be awarded the winners during a three-day festival local skiers would arrive on the scene and join in just for the thrill of competition while serious skiers quit their jobs and join the circuit the name was changed from hot doggin to freestyle but the crowd still gave the biggest cheers for the biggest crashes it was because of hot doggin that the new fear binding became a big seller if you got scared enough your findings would eject these are the early 70s the golden years of freestyle where almost any skier could come out and perform as the crowd encouraged him onto new heights and out of these years came some exceptional skiers like Scott Brooks Bank one of the best freestyle runs ever made was performed in 1973 at Vail Colorado by airborne Eddie Ferguson you this run by Ferguson epitomizes the sport of freestyle it demonstrates the skill and spontaneity of the early hot dogger you freestyle today is a sanctioned part of FIS competitions and at the world championships in team France one could see the change in the organised event gone were the days of spectacular recoveries and unnecessary crashes and in its place good skiers on tough runs bashing down through moguls with precise pole plants but once in a while we see one of those all-out go-for-broke runs the remind us of the old days and proves that the hot dogger is still alive you today's all around world champion of freestyle is Canada's Greg Athens a seven year veteran and one of the few survivors of the early freestyle era after seven years of freestyle Greg proves the spectacular recoveries still score high especially with the photographer

Origins of Freestyle Skiing
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41 thoughts on “Origins of Freestyle Skiing

  • May 31, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    Kenny Smith, my uncle, at the 2:33 mark? Sure looks like him

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    Bones of rubber and muscles of steel! Incredible. One of theirs jumps made of me = immediately helicopter rescue.

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    Ski invented in America?!
    Some nations in Europe and central Asia beg to differ.

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    origin of freestyle is boarding

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    That's me, 17th on the left at 1:50…………………………..

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    I feel like this is how I look when I ski

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    That is one of the most fantastically entertaining things I've ever seen 😀

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    Skiing was not invented in the USA; see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skiing

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    And then Candide Thovex descended to earth from heaven to show the humanity what freestyle skiing is about. Amen.

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    WTFF 7:40 min the fucking reception flip is awesome

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    These guys are made of rubber.

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    I've never seen anybody ski this good before

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    6:42 — Nice one Greg. Good to be able to watch you again. From Dick Mason — Thredbo.

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    Basically, there were two types of freestyle skiers then: those in the backseat, and those in the trunk. Sheesh!

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    these ancients are so good and so crazy!LOL

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    I have a friend that still hotdogs to this day loooool

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    @1:07 He seems to have been accidentally shot by Claudine Longet!

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    That old, ankles locked, parallel style used to be considered "aesthetic". I remember watching older skiers as a child, and being impressed by it. But god damn it looks so dumb in hindsight, they look like wobbly little sausages, bending and flailing all over the place just to keep the skis close.

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    Drè ba la moraine !

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    the more sketchy the better

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    Where is Wayne Wong?

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    I‘ve got my knees blown out watching this video

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    I'm wondering where is helmetnazis?

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    this is the perfect contest for people who hate their knees and ankles

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    this is stupid fun

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    Its funny how Americans rly think they invented anything 😂😂skying didn't have its Origin in north america

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    This looks like a mix of falling and skiing.

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    Hardest binding setting

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    You lost me when saying skiing began in america.

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    It's so funny to watch.

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    Who needs a helmet

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    skiing did not originate in america

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    all that started in Europe) history exists apart of America dude!

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