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Transcript of Maxime Dufour-Lapointe
Maxime Dufour-Lapointe is a freestyle moguls skier. She was born on February 9th, 1989; she is 25 years old. She is 165cm tall and weighs 63kg. Maxime's hometown and birthplace is Montreal, Quebec. She is the oldest of three sisters, who both also compete in freestyle skiing.
All About Maxime
Maxime Dufour-Lapointe started skiing at the age of 12 because she had a friend who was doing it and she thought it would be fun. Maxime considers herself an adventurous skier and three words to describe her are: determined, hard-working, and intense. Some of her other interests and hobbies are: surfing, horse-back riding, sailing and drawing. She has a college diploma in natural science and would like to study medicine in university. Maxime's favourite motto is : There is no starting or stopping, only doing. She and both of her sisters support Fitspirit, an organization that promotes fitness for high school girls.
Maxime's Freestyle Skiing Career
Freestyle Skiing History
Freestyle skiing is believed to be created
in the 1930s when Norwegian skiers performed acrobatic moves during their training for alpine and cross-country skiing.
This led to small competitions until freestyle skiing was officially recognized by the International Ski Association in 1979.
After this, the first Freestyle World Ski Championships were held in 1986, followed in 1988 by demonstrations in Calgary of the events moguls, aerials and ski ballet. Moguls obtained official medal status for the Olympics in 1992, closely followed by aerials in 1994. These were the only freestyle skiing events in the Olympic games until ski cross debuted in the 2010 Vancouver games. The Sochi games are introducing two new freestyle events: halfpipe and slopestyle.
Disciplines of Freestyle
The aerials event is one of the most technically challenging. Skiers approach the jumps at speeds of 60 km/h or faster. They then launch up to 20m in the air and perform up to 3 back somersaults, accompanied by as many as 5 twists. Then they land on an immensely steep hill, to a smattering of applause. The athletes final score is made of 20% of their takeoff, 50% on their performance in the air, and 30% of their landing.
In the single moguls event, skiers must negotiate a path of moguls (bumps) while they go to both of their 2 jumps. The full course is 200-270m long and the moguls are set approximately 3.5m apart. The athlete then performs tricks off the 2 jumps. The competitors final score is made of 50% of their turns, 25% of their 2 aerial maneuvers, and 25% of their speed. Did you know that the skiers cover as many as 4 moguls per second???
Moguls Skiing Course
Dual moguls have the same course style and objectives as single moguls, but two competitors compete at the same time, racing head to head. The skiers race side by side and often push themselves beyond their limits. In the event, there are separate judges for each part of the performance; turns, jumps and speed. Speed is part of the scores in single and dual moguls, but it does not always determine the winner. Each of the judges has five votes, which he can give out between the two skiers.
The halfpipe came from surfing, then skateboarding, and then snowboarding. Skiers then started skiing on a half pipe, which was originally for snowboarders. As halfpipe skiing evolved, the tricks and pipe did, too. The tricks have become larger and more difficult, while a standard competition pipe is now 22m wide. The competitors are judged on their amplitude, the degree of difficulty of the tricks, their execution of the tricks, and overall, their personality and style, how they make the tricks their own.
In the slopestyle event, athletes go down, through and over a course, comprised of a variety of obstacles, such as rails, jumps, and other terrain park features. The competitors are also judged on their amplitude, the degree of difficulty of the tricks they perform, the execution of their tricks and their originality. A lot of the tricks will fall under the categories of spins, grinds, grabs, and flips.
Dual Moguls Skiing
Half Pipe Skiing
Slope Style Skiing
Maxime has competed in numerous freestyle skiing events; she won first in the Europa Cup Moguls on Dec. 5th, 2009 in Suomu, FIN. Maxime also won first in the Nor-Am Cup Dual Moguls on Feb. 22nd, 2011 in Vall St. Come, CAN.
Another competition in Canada was Beaver Valley, CAN. on Feb. 25th where she ranked 2nd in the FIS Race. On March 26th 2006 in Apex, CAN. Maxime competed in the National Championships in Dual Moguls and ranked 2nd.
These are only some of the results of Maxime's competitions. A fun fact about Maxime is that in 2009,she was one of the first women to perform a backflipwith a full twist in competition.
Thank you for listening to my presentation! I hope that I helped you to learn more about the freestyle skier Maxime Dufour-Lapointe and about the sport of freestyle skiing!