A history lesson for all you snowsports freestylers out there…

So you’ve enjoyed what you’ve seen of the 2010 Olympics? Well here’s how it all began for freestyle:

In this video, Dick Barrymore chronicles the metamorphosis of freestyle aerial acrobatic skiing from 1969 to 1983. You can find this segment and other hard to find historical footage in his film “The Golden Years of Ski Films”.

As you while away the lions share of the 8+ minutes wondering if anyone will make a successful landing you can judge for yourselves which is more entertaining – the skiing, outfits, or the shapes being thrown up there in the air…



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