December 11, 2013, Vancouver, British-Columbia (ISN) – Sochi is less than 60 days away and for Canadian Freestyle athletes, this weekend is the start of the FIS World Cup and the quadrennial quest for Olympic Gold.

Ruka, Finland (a stone’s throw from the Arctic Circle) hosts the northern hemisphere’s first Mogul event of the year, while Beida Lake hosts the first of two Aerial World Cups in China. The Slopestyle and Halfpipe skiers will be flying through Colorado air at Breckenridge’s Dew Tour.

Pre-qualified for the Olympics based upon last year’s results are: Kaya Turski (Ranked #1 in the World according to the Association of Freeskiing Professionals) and Dara Howell in Slopestyle; Roz Groenewould (2012 X-Games Gold Medalist) and Mike Riddle (2013 US Grand Prix Champion) in Halfpipe; Justine Dufour-Lapointe, Alex Bilodeau (Olympic and 2013 Dual Moguls World Champion) and Mikael Kingsbury (2013 Moguls World Champion) in Moguls; and Travis Gerrits in Aerials. All other athletes are vying for their spots on the 2014 Olympic Team. David Mirota, Canadian Freestyle Ski Association’s High Performance Program Director, commented that this will make for a “competitive and exciting two months to watch.”

Follow our athletes in the lead-up to the XXII Olympic Winter Games.

DEW TOUR in Breckenridge, Colorado

  • Thursday, Dec 12   Women’s Half-pipe –
  • Saturday, Dec 14   Women’s Slopestyle –
  • Saturday, Dec 14   Men’s Half-pipe –
  • Sunday, Dec 15     Men’s Slopestyle –

FIS WORLD CUP (Moguls) in Ruka, Finland

  • Saturday, Dec 14   Women and Men –

FIS WORLD CUP (Aerials) in Beida Lake, China

  • Sat Night/Sunday Morning Dec 15 Women and Men