Vancouver, BC – Freestyle Canada is staring down a jam-packed international and domestic competition schedule this 17.18 Olympic season, with World Cup and NextGen team members traveling all over Canada and the world in advance of and following the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
There are over 22 events on the FIS World Cup and AFP Tours this season, 17 domestic events on the FIS NorAM and Canada Cup Series pres. by Toyo Tires, and the biggest multi-sporting event on earth in the middle of the season. The complete schedule this season can be viewed HERE.
Freestyle Canada will host two FIS Mogul World Cups in Canada this season: the first FIS Freestyle – Ski Acro presented by Toyota will be hosted on January 6th, 2018 at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park – the 9th consecutive FIS World Cup hosted there.
For the first time since 2005, moguls skiing will return to Mont Tremblant on January 20, 2018, for the second FIS Freestyle – Ski Acro presented by Toyota. It will be the last opportunity to see our athletes in action on Canadian soil before their departure to Pyeongchang.
Freestyle Canada’s media partners CBC Sports & TVA will continue to be host broadcasters for both FIS Mogul World Cups in Canada. CBC Sports will also be live-streaming multiple events on the FIS World Cup and AFP tours this season. You can check out the schedule HERE.
The official Olympic Freestyle Team will be determined and announced on January 22, 2018 in Montreal, QC. As of October 2017, three athletes have been named to Team Canada: Justine Dufour-Lapointe, Andi Naude and Mikaël Kingsbury.
The 2018 Games in Pyeongchang will mark Freestyle Canada’s 30th year as part of the Olympic movement. Freestyle skiing first joined the Olympic movement at the 1988 Winter Olympics as a demonstration sport in Calgary, where Jean-Marc Rozon and Lloyd Langlois captured the gold and silver medals, respectively, in the Aerials event. Since 1988, Freestyle Canada has won 16 medals at the Olympic Games, with a record high seven medals captured in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
Back in Canada, Freestyle Canada’s NextGen athletes will participate in several events on the Canada Cup Series, presented by Toyo Tires (Schedule HERE). The tour will kick off once again in Whitehorse, Yukon and include stops in Penticton, BC, Red Deer, AB, Calobogie Peaks Resort, ON and Stoneham, QC.
Athletes will once again be competing for the Toyo Cup, to determine the most consistent overall performers across all our disciplines on the Canada Cup Series (see ranking criteria). At the end of the season, the Toyo Cup will be awarded to the top male and female freestyle skiers, along with a set of winter tires, courtesy of Toyo Tires. This year, Toyo Tires has decided to extend the education bursaries to the top three male and top three female athletes. The six athletes will share $10,000 in education bursaries.
Freestyle Canada’s Canadian Championships will be presented by Toyota this season. The four events include the Moguls Championships, hosted in Jasper, AB, the Aerials Championships and Canadian Junior Championships (MO/AE), hosted in Penticton, BC and the Canadian Junior Championships (SS/HP/BA), hosted in Barrie, ONT.