View Full Version : Artistic Skiing????
03-23-2012, 04:44 AM
ummm, what IS this???
And Why have I not heard of it before?? And why is it sooo... WEIRD???
03-23-2012, 04:51 AM
Ski Ballet was then called Acroski. Was a demonstration sport at the 1988 and 1992 Winter Olympics. Fell out of favour I guess when other freestyle sports took over. particularly moguls. He is using the same music Beillmann uses in one of her programs. Very artistic. I could have seen myself interested in the sport to be honest as I love all that gymnastic/acrobatic/figure skating stuff.
03-23-2012, 04:53 AM
Thanks!! NEVER heard of it!
I love how his name is Reitberger :P
03-23-2012, 04:57 AM
LOl never thought of his name. What was the most interesting was the way they used the ski poles to pull off tricks. BTW the above was a regurgitation of wikipedia basically as I started reading up on snow/ice sports after the 2010 Winter Olympics.
04-04-2012, 05:48 PM
OMG! Thank you. I remember seeing this in 1992 and being completely amazed but then I never ever saw it again. I even asked people about it and they all looked at me like I was completely nuts when I described it as being a mix of figure skating and gymnastics done on skis. It is really amazing and I wonder where the sport could have gone if it had retained its popularity.
04-04-2012, 07:04 PM
It must be really hard to find the right conditions to practice this.
You need a well groomed, not too steep slope, and for regular skiers (who have to be thinking WTF? Since it is incredibly obscure) to stay out of the way.
Very neat- and the jumps and tricks just come out of nowhere.
I wonder how you score it. It is kind of amazing. And when he turns out the front leg and places the ski down in the other direction -- someone could really blow out a knee doing that the wrong way.
I love his drama! The Toller Cranston of ski ballet!
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