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Freestyle Skiing

Freestyle Skiing
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.52

     challenging words:    ahhs, backscratcher, daffy, finishers, landing, motocross, navigate, oohs, creativity, presented, stunts, based, flips, midair, crashes, airborne
     content words:    Olympic Games, Stein Eriksen

Other Languages
     French: Le Ski Acrobatique
     Spanish: Estilo Libre
     German: Freestyle Skifahren

Freestyle Skiing
By Jane Runyon

1     Freestyle skiing is a fairly new event in the Olympic Games. Freestyle skiing has quickly become one of the favorite events to watch. Imagine sliding down the snow at almost forty miles an hour. While you are traveling down the hill, you are dodging huge bumps. While you are dodging the bumps, you are jumping off ramps. While you are jumping off the ramps, you are doing flips, twists, and somersaults.
2     Freestyle skiing is divided into five different categories. Freestyle moguls was the first freestyle skiing event to become an official Olympic sport. The first medals were presented in 1992. In freestyle moguls, the skier must make his or her way through and over mounds of snow on the course. Some of these mounds are the size of cars. Two eight-foot jumps are placed on the course. The skier must do aerial tricks off these two ramps. The names of some of these aerial stunts include helicopter, daffy, iron cross, and backscratcher. Judges award points for three things. They see how easy the skier makes the run look. They judge the two aerial tricks. Finally, they see how fast the skier completes the course.
3     The aerials event was the second category of freestyle skiing to become an Olympic event. As you might expect, judging in this event is based on tricks the skier does in the air. Skiers try to get a lot of speed before hitting the jump ramp. Good aerialists will be moving at close to forty miles per hour. When they go off the end of the ramp, they may soar as high as fifty feet into the air. You might see a champion do a triple back somersault with four twists before coming back to earth. Judges in this event award points for the take-off. They judge how good the skier looks while doing the tricks. They also look at how well the skier lands.

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