World Figure Skating Championships

March 23-29, 2015 – Shanghai, China

Men’s singles, ladies’ singles, pairs, and ice dancing.

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Mikaël Kingsbury – freestyle skier

Mikaël Kingsbury … won an Olympic medal in 2014, finishing second to Alexandre Bilodeau in Sochi. He is the three-time reigning FIS Freestyle World Cup title holder for both moguls and overall freestyle. …

Here he is showing a sextuple twist into water.

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Right now, the 22-year-old skiing phenom from Quebec is so far ahead of the field he already has the overall title locked up, with a third of the season still to go.

And that leaves Kingsbury with an interesting dilemma: he can probably win the final three World Cup races of the season and become the most decorated moguls skier in history, or he can risk losing one to do something no one in his sport has ever done before.

Kingsbury is fairly confident he can land a cork 1440 — that’s a partial back flip with a quadruple twist. …

Canadian freestyler Mikaël Kingsbury eager to push the envelope

ban tobogganing – it’s too DANGEROUS

My home town Calgary is not quite as stupid as, for example, Hamilton. :-)

But we’re pretty stupid. Socialist nations like Canada have governments with enough spare time to invent city bylaws like: “those who slide outside the city’s 18 approved hills could face a $100 fine”.

Calgary’s media has made much ado about the city’s tobogganing rules in recent weeks — to the point where Mayor Naheed Nenshi blamed “bored journalists” trying to stir up controversy.

Now Rick Mercer has taken it upon himself to poke a bit of fun at (the) bylaw ..

(For the record, the city does not recall ever giving out a tobogganing fine. Ever.)

HuffPo

Click PLAY or watch comedian Rick Mercer on YouTube.

Certainly no Calgarian I know pays any attention to tobogganing restrictions. We slide wherever we want. But with one eye out in case a Toboggan Cop shows up. :-)

related – Tobogganing Bans Or Restrictions Growing Across North America

Over protective restrictions on youth activity contribute to child obesity. We want kids tobogganing more, not less.

14yr-old Chloe Kim GOLD Superpipe

Fourteen year old, Chloe Kim, earned gold in superpipe finals at X Games 15 in Aspen, Colorado, and became the youngest athlete of all time to stand atop an X Games podium.

Kim took the win with her last run that included a switch method, cab 9, and a switch backside 7. Despite suffering a gnarly crash in practice, in which she chipped her tooth, Kim was still able to stomp this gold medal run. …

Snowboarding

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Toller Cranston dead at 65

what we know so far – Legendary Canadian figure skater Cranston dead at 65

Toller Cranston (April 20, 1949 – January 24, 2015) was a Canadian figure skater and painter.

He is the 1971–1976 Canadian national champion, the 1974 World bronze medallist, and the 1976 Olympic bronze medallist. Despite never winning Worlds due to his poor compulsory figures, he won the small medal for free skating at the 1972 and 1974 World Figure Skating Championships.

Cranston is credited by many with bringing a new level of artistry to men’s figure skating. …

Cranston was also a commentator on CBC television for figure skating events. However, in 1991, the CBC fired him, citing concerns from the Canadian Figure Skating Association that his often brutally frank and opinionated commentary was denigrating to Canadian skaters. Cranston filed a lawsuit against the CBC that was eventually resolved in his favor. …

He was brutal. But also very funny. Fans loved his colour commentary.

He was an outspoken critic of bad judging. And spoke passionately in favour of allowing back flips in competition, banned after Terry Kubicka included it at the 1976 Olympic Winter Olympics.

Cranston

In Toller’s honour, check this round-off triple back handspring.

related – the comparatively boring Progressive SKATING & GYMNASTICS SPECTACULAR 2014.

Thank Dave Adlard for the link.

Danny Davis wins Snowboard Superpipe

Incredibly talented 16yr-old Olympic bronze medalist Taku Hiraoka 2nd.

Olympic champion Iouri Podladtchikov was 3rd.

Shaun White 4th.

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Triple Cork – Sport Science

John Brenkus and the Sport Science team examines the physics behind one of the most difficult tricks in snowboarding.

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Does that all look correct to you?

John Brenkus has voiced over erroneous biomechanics in the past. He thinks that’s a double twist. :-)

Winter X Games 2015 Aspen begins today.