Del Bosco Tops Podium at Opener

Canadian skier Chris Del Bosco conquers his first World Cup success in two years in Val Thorens, first Ski Cross of the season. His last win occurred in the French resort in December 2015. Frenchmen Bovolenta and Tchiknavorian complete podium spots on home soil in first Cross Alps Tour stage.

Chris Del Bosco’s ski cross career is something that most only dream of, and he isn’t done yet. As one of the most decorated Canadian ski cross athletes ever, Del Bosco has 25 World Cup podiums to his name since 2009. He was also crowned World Champion in 2011 and has claimed gold twice at the X-Games (2010 & 2011). Del Bosco finished the 2015-16 season ranked second in the world. Del Bosco battled through multiple injuries in the 2016-17 season to claim second-place in front of the home crowd in Blue Mountain, Ont. A talented all-round athlete, Del Bosco is also a professional mountain bike racer and spends his summers on two wheels competing in mountain bike enduro races.

Freestyle is one of the six Olympic disciplines administered the – The International Ski Federation (FIS). The discipline consists of five events Moguls, Aerials, Skicross, HalfPipe and Slopestyle. Freestyle skiing is a young snow sport beginning in the 1950’s. Originally, a mix of alpine skiing and acrobatics, the first freestyle skiing competition was held in Attitash, New Hampshire in 1966. A relative newcomer to the Olympic Winter Games, Moguls became an Olympic event in 1992 in Albertville. Aerials were added for the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer. The newest Olympic Winter Games event, Ski Cross, made its debut in Vancouver in 2010. In 2014 halfpipe and slopestyle were added to the Olympic winter schedule.