I was at the Moguls event yesterday. All in all I had a good time (except for the 45 minute line for a $5 beer). It was an amazing thing to see these athletes compete for Olympic Gold, however I have the following to say:
Qualifications were a joke. I understand that quals are very much toned down, however, these guys really took it easy coming down the hill. Well, except the Japanese, they all bit it pretty bad, wait, one made finals, then bit it. John-Luc Bassard (French) (Ok, if I messed this up, sorry) had an amazing qual run, and didn't qualify. This was stupid, he skied far better than 95% of the field Tuesday morning.
Finals were practically fixed. No, I'm not really saying that, but cooommmme ooooon.
Sure Mosley threw an amazing air, but he knew long ago, if he threw it, the judges would score him very low. He chose to do it anyway, he knew what would happen. He threw a tripple twister up top, which is a joke, I learned that when I was 14, and have not done it since I was 15. However, he nailed both jumps with no flaws, and nobody will question if an off axis 720 is more difficult than a spread eagle. (why does a spread score higher?) Mosley landed far better than most of the competors in the field, and skied into the bumps very smoothy afterwards. My problem with this is that Mosley scored full points lower in airs than some competors did who threw spread-twisters. This isn't 70's Warren Miller, judges get out of your Dale sweaters, take your skiing style boots together heads out of your asses long enough to open your eyes! Just because you don't like a trick doesn't mean that it was skilled!
This judgement by me does not include anything including time and turns, which are together 75% of the score, which I assume is what kept Mosley out of the medals.
I am not a huge Mosley fan, however, I believe that he did ski better (including turns and speed) than most of the other athletes out there, is trying to bring the sport to a new level, and deserved a medal.
If the judges are not going to open their eyes to new school moves in the bumps course, they should remove the jumps from the course and just judge time and turns.