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Ski ballet

Credit: Suzy Chaffee
From downhill ski ballet set to music, to synchronized skating, to the fastest non-motorized sport on Earth, Live Science explores the wacky and wonderful…Read More »





winter sports that didn't quite make the cut.

Above: The name of this sport says it all: a graceful performance involving flips, rolls, jumps and spins, all performed while skiing down a gentle slope. Later, music was added to the downhill acrobatics. The Winter Olympics featured ski ballet, now known as acroski, as a demonstration sport in the 1988 Games in Calgary, Canada, and the 1992 Games in Albertville, France.

Ski ballet was a freestyle skiing discipline from the late 1960s to 2000. Suzy Chaffee, captain of the U.S. ski team at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France, was one of the sport's pioneers.

"I had been a ballerina when I was 6, and I had fantasies of dancing down mountains," Chaffee told Live Science.

Chaffee is perhaps best known for her pair ballet skiing and her performances in ChapStick commercials that earned her the nickname "Suzy ChapStick." Ski ballet is no longer a competitive sport, but Chaffee still teaches people how to do it.   Less «
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