On Thursday, January 15th the Jamaica Ski Team arrived at the Lake Placid Freestyle World Cup. ? Lake Placid is located about 5 hours north of New York City and was the site of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games. ?This weekend's events will include moguls, aerials, and ski cross.
History of Freestyle In the early days of freestyle skiing the sport was named for the "free" and creative element introduced by athletes who resisted traditional alpine and nordic skiing. Competitions included an all-in-one-run event where skiers were judged on a run that included ballet, moguls and a spontaneous aerial maneuver. Today the evolution of freestyle skiing is made up of six different disciplines; aerials, halfpipe, moguls, dual moguls, ski cross and slopestyle. Each discipline is judged and scored to their own points list. Freestyle skiing was added to the Olympic program in 1992 for moguls, aerials in 1994, and ski cross will debut in the 2010 Olympic Games.
Schedule at Lake Placid; and TV Schedule ?The international ski cross teams are staying at the town of Lake Placid and will compete at Whiteface Mountain. ?Ski Cross practice begins on Friday, January 16th, with the qualification on Sunday, and the finals on Monday. ?For a complete schedule, please visit:
Ski Cross Schedule (East coast time/Jamaica time) 9:45-11:15 ?Qualifications -- Sunday, January 18 11:00-12:00 FINALS ? ? ? ?-- Monday, January 19
For television coverage of the event, according to USSA... "NBC will air the Nature Valley Freestyle Cup ski cross competition Sunday, Jan. 25 at 1:30 p.m. ET. Versus will air the Nature Valley Freestyle Challenge aerials competition that same day at 2:00 p.m. ET as well as?the?Nature Valley Freestyle Cup?ski cross show on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 3:00 p.m. ET.UniversalSports.com?and TV will also carry coverage."
Among those attending the event, will be... Jamaicans from Toronto and Jamaica will be attending the event. ?Mr. Richard Salm, President and Founder of the Jamaica Ski Federation, will be flying up from Jamaica to encourage and support the team. ?
Members of the National Brotherhood of Skiers will be driving from New ?York and Vermont to watch Kerr compete. ?The NBS is an African American organization that promotes winter sports among African Americans, and grants scholarships to worthy African American youth to assist in their expenses in ski racing. ?In February 2008, NBS members were present at the Deer Valley Freestyle World Cup, and showed strong support of Errol.
Racing and Training: Jamaica Ski Team The Lake Placid event will be Kerr's second World Cup of the 2008-9 season. ?At the first World Cup in St Johann, Austria, Kerr finished 30th among a field of 78. ?During the past week, Errol, along with his coach and technician, returned to California to train at Alpine Meadows. ?Said Kerr, "Those were the best days of training I have had in 2 years," referring to the hard snow surface and excellent training conditions at Alpine.?
For further updates and information, please visit?errolkerr.com