Ever since the first Winter Olympics were held in 1924, when the snowy games were first held, skiing has been a mainstay event at the games.
But are you familiar with the art form known as ski ballet? This choreographed form of skiing, which was first introduced in the 1970s, was actually included in the Winter Olympics in 1988 and 1992 as a ‘demonstration sport.’
A ‘demonstration sport’ is an event that is played to promote the activity rather than being played as part of the standard medal competition, and it was scored in a manner that was comparable to that of figure skating.
On the other hand, as a result of a loss in popularity, the sport was removed from professional tours and competitions, and it was abandoned after the 1999 edition of the FIS (International Federation of Skiing) Freestyle Skiing World Cup.
It is difficult to understand how spectators could have become disinterested in the choreographed sport of ski ballet, which was recently re-posted on YouTube by the Olympics’ official channel.
The competition for the men’s final of the Ski Ballet event took place at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Southeastern France.
This mesmerizing sport takes place on a hill that is covered in snow, and it involves spins, leaps, flips, leg crosses, and rolls. If you want to believe it, you have to watch it to believe it. Look at the video below here.
The three professional athletes who compete in the video that can be found are, in chronological order, Lane Spina, who is representing the United States, Rune Kristiansen, who is representing Norway, and Fabrice Becker, who is representing France. They came in third, second, and first place, respectively.
Becker, who was just 20 years old at the time of the competition, won the Olympic final with a performance that resembled a tango on the slopes of Tignes. He gained points for his dance based on its composition and flair.
Despite the fact that ballet was not included in the Olympic Games after 1992, its recent resurgence on social media platforms like YouTube and TikTok may inspire sports authorities to once again consider including it on the schedule as a showcase event.