A look back at X Games freeskiing
Andreas Hatveit, 2009
Freeskiing has come a long way since it first started as a more unregulated offshoot of freestyle skiing. In February, halfpipe and slopestyle will make their Olympic debut. First, let's take a look back at where the sport has come from.
Candide Thovex, 2007
Freeskiing debuted at the X Games in 1998 in Crested Butte, Colo., with a Skier X contest. Big Air was added the following year and Slopestyle and SuperPipe several years later. By the mid 2000s, skiers like France's Candide Thovex, shown here, were winning gold in Aspen, Colo.
Dan Marion, 2004
"What we were working for and what we were envisioning 15 years ago is happening now," says freeskiing pioneer Julien Regnier. "There are many kids in the park, the sport is big, companies are selling skis and many new companies have appeared. It's a healthy industry."
Grete Eliassen, 2005
"I used to be the only girl in the park and now there are 20 girls," says long-time X Games competitor Grete Eliassen. "It just keeps growing. It's pretty awesome."
Jon Olsson, 2004
In 2002, ski Slopestyle and SuperPipe were added to the X Games program. Jon Olsson, pictured here in 2004, won SuperPipe gold that first year.
Men's SuperPipe Podium, 2004
Jon Olsson (silver), Simon Dumont (gold) and Peter Olenick (bronze) on the men's SuperPipe podium at X Games in 2004.
Sarah Burke, 2007
Late freeskiing pioneer Sarah Burke was one of the strongest advocates for getting women into the X Games. Burke won a three-peat in women's SuperPipe in 2009 and returned to the podium many times after.
Simon Dumont, 2006
"To be there on the first Olympic team, it would be amazing," says halfpipe star Simon Dumont. "I've been through that whole cycle. I think it would be cool to be in that position and tell that story."
Women's SuperPipe Podium, 2007
Grete Eliassen (silver), Sarah Burke (gold) and Jen Hudak (bronze) on the women's SuperPipe podium at X Games in 2007.