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Mogul Skiing

Mogul skiing, more commonly known in its shortened form as mogul, is a sport of the freestyle skiing discipline in which athletes compete on a specially designed course, in which the primary focus in on techniques used for turns, aerial maneuvers, and speed.

The skis used for mogul skiing have an average length of 185cm for men and 175cm for women. Ski poles, kneepads, helmets, and goggles are some of the other equipment used.

The courses used for moguls are very steep with an average slope grade of 26 degrees. The courses are between 200 - 270m, with each mogul about 3.5m apart. The course also includes two small jumps used for performing aerial maneuvers.

In competitions, athletes run down the course one at a time and their runs are judged and also timed. Each athlete just gets one run down the course. The runs are judged based on several aspects. Turns are the most important and account for 60% of the score. Aerial jumps accounts for 20%. Jumps are evaluated for loops, flips, and rotations. Speed accounts for the other 20% of the score.

Mogul skiing is part of the Winter Olympics which features a medal event for both men and women. It is also contested at the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships.

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