VIDEO: Ski ballet is the one event that should return to the winter Olympics
Slope-style is a cool addition to this year’s winter games, but instead of adding a new event where athletes could risk danger, the whimsical sport of ski ballet should make a return to the Olympics.
Ski ballet is a form of competitive freestyle skiing that involves a graceful combination of spins, flips, rolls and jumps while the skier gently glides down the slope. The skiers need to be nimble and agile while executing ballet moves. The event was first featured during the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada and once again in 1992 at the games in Albertville, France. Music was later added to the downhill event, giving it a true ballet experience. Both women and men competed in this event and it was as entertaining as it was impressive to watch.
Here is a look back at the fine sport of ski ballet – the Olympic game that needs to make a comeback.
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