POSTED: February 18th 2016
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Olympics: Freestyle Ski World Cup slopestyle qualification races kick off in PyeongChang

PyeongChang 2018 Bokwang Freestyle Ski & Snowboard Slopestyle venue / POCOG
PyeongChang 2018 Bokwang Freestyle Ski & Snowboard Slopestyle venue / POCOG

The course offers lots of options for the athletes and the feedback is good / POCOG
The course offers lots of options for the athletes and the feedback is good / POCOG

The athletes are comparing the slope to
The athletes are comparing the slope to

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(SFC) Bokwang Phoenix Park is hosting the second round of test events for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games starting February 18th with the Freestyle Ski World Cup slopestyle qualification races.

Skiers and snowboarders from around the world are competing in 2018 host city PyeongChang namely defending Olympic champions Joss Christen, a freestyle skier of the U.S., and Jamie Anderson, a slopestyle snowboarder of the U.S.

Roberto Moresi, FIS race director, noted on the slopestyle course, "It is very creative and different from the usual course, at least from the past courses that FIS has been using in the past years. It is very variable. There are a lot of options to choose during the run."

Moresi spoke about the athletes' enthusiasm for the challenging course after two days of training and said that their first impression was to compare it to 'playing on a video game'. He added that they were really surprised and that the "athletes are saying that it is even better than expected. They are really enjoying and having fun on the course."

Moresi explained, "It really is different. Normally kickers are pretty straight here we have different types of kickers with different type of angles. The rail features are very mixed up and very creative, so you can do at least two or three different tricks on each section.

"You can do combination of tricks on different rails, which are one after the other. In other courses, hit one rail and gap, and other rail gap. But here, it is more concentrated and variable."

 PyeongChang will be hosting the 2016 FIS Freestyle World Cup February 18-20 and the Snowboard World Cup February 25-27 and Ski Slopestyle events will be held on Feb 20th and the Snowboard Slopestyle events on Feb 21st.

The 2016 FIS Snowboard World Cup and Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup will be held the following weekend, with the Snowboard Cross events on February 27th and the Ski Cross events on February 28th.

The Jeongseon alpine ski venue successfully staged the AUDI FIS Ski World Cup February 6-7 and again with that event the athletes were very pleased with the venue and the level of competition of the slope. 


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