29 JAN 2013 – It's another huge week of action in the 2012-13 FIS Freestyle World Cup season, with moguls, dual moguls, aerials, halfpipe, and ski cross events all set to take place in the span of five days.
Things kick off on Thursday, 31 January, with the first of three consecutive night events at the legendary venue in Deer Valley, Utah, USA. That night's moguls competition will be followed by aerials on Friday, and then the spectacle that will be Saturday night's dual moguls showdown under the lights at the former Olympic venue.
Earlier on Saturday, and just down the road from Deer Valley, the Visa US Freeskiing Grand Prix halfpipe competition at Park City will see some of the best freestylers in the world take to the U-tube in an effort to earn coveted FIS points en route to the halfpipe event's inclusion in its first Olympic Winter Games at Sochi in 2014.
That same Saturday – which is possibly the biggest single-day happening of events in the entire 2012-13 season – the Audi FIS ski cross World Cup gets back underway after a two-week break with the first of back-to-back races in Grasgehren, Germany. It will be an eventful weekend at the sleepy German resort, with Saturday's race followed by a jam-packed Sunday featuring both qualification and the second race of the weekend happening on the same day.
With points races heating up in all disciplines, an intriguing Nations Cup battle being waged, the Olympic qualification period in full swing, and the 2013 Freestyle skiing World Championships just around the corner, there's a lot to watch out for as we pass the halfway point in the 2012-13 season.
Canada, with 2955 points, currently leads the Nations Cup standings by a margin of only 136 points over the USA, who sits at 2819.
Switzerland sits 3rd in Nations Cup scoring at 2115, and leads in both men's and ladies' ski cross overall, with Swiss athletes Fanny Smith ahead for the ladies and Alex Fiva atop the men's ski cross division.
with 72 points, mogulist Mikael Kingsbury (CAN) leads the men's overall Crystal Globe race, followed by aerialist Zongyang Jia (CHN), and ski cross racer Alex Fiva (SUI).
also with 72 points, aerialist Mengtao Xu (CHN) leads the the ladies' overall Crystal Globe race, followed by ski cross racer Fanny Smith (SUI), and mogulist Justine Dufour-Lapointe (CAN).
- Thomas Krief (FRA) leads the men's halfpipe standings, while Manami Mitsuboshi (JPN) sits on top for the ladies.
with 12 events scheduled for this week, by Sunday evening the FIS Freestyle World Cup tour should be through 46 of the 86 events scheduled for the 2012-13 season.
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