After Ruka's, Kuusamo (FIN) and Meribel (FRA) successful events, today Friday 17 December, Beida Lake (CHN) will host the third stage of the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup season 2010/2011.
The FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup opening competition in Ruka was a feast for North American athletes. Five of the six podium spots were claimed by North American skiers, including both victories going to the USA. The strong North American field was only broken by Guilbaut Colas of France in third. Patrick Deneen won the men's moguls event, while Olympic champion Hannah Kearney took the first place in the ladies' competition.
In Meribel, the local hero Guilbaut Colas won the men's dual moguls ahead of Ruka winner Patrick Deneen. Yulia Galysheva of Kazakhstan triumphed in the ladies' competition beating Ruka winner Kearney in the final.
China's Beida Lake Ski Resort will host four FIS Freestyle events this weekend: Aerials today and tomorrow, an Aerials Team event on Sunday December 20, and a Moguls World Cup event on December 21st. These competitions mark the third time China has hosted a FIS Aerials World Cup Event. Beida Lake, designed by Ecosign, is located in Yongji County in North East China.
Innichen/San Candido (ITA) is also ready to host the Skicross World Cup Opening this weekend. The "Haunold-Baranci" ski area is a small family ski resort in the middle of the Dolomites of Sesto (Südtirol). The world cup slope brings you directly into town, and will be a 1 km long powerful slope with jumps, curves, mogles and other spectacular obstacles.
With a total of 10 FIS World Cup events on the schedule within the next week, a lot of exciting Freestyle action is in store pre-Christmas.