In Australia, the sport of hotdog, or aerial, skiing has had another boost with the staging of their most successful-ever national titles at Mount Buller in the Victorian Alps.
GV Hot-dog skier down jump, doing a single flip and falling, at Mount Buller, Victoria, Australia. (2 SHOTS)
GV Skier down slopes.
GV Skier completing triple-twisting double somersault. (2 SHOTS)
GV Another skier somersaulting.
GV Double somersault.
GV Skier off jumps and tumbling. (2 SHOTS)
GV Another twisting jump.
GV World Cup winner John Eaves of Canada winning with double-twist double somersault. (2 SHOTS)
GV Scott Fulmer of Canada jumping and falling. (2 SHORA)
GV Other jumpers trying and falling. (3 SHOTS)
NESS: "Four years ago, just a single flip was considered the ultimate in freestyle skiing. Now the skiers are more like Olympic gymnasts and divers, performing stunts such as triple-twisting double somersaults.
"This year's competition attracted the best collection of freestyle skiers ever assembled in Australia, including champions from Canada and America. They were competing for fifteen thousand dollars in prize money, including eight thousand dollars for the winner.
"The freestylers launch themselves from specially-prepared jumps, rising about ten metres in the air, and landing more than thirty metres down the hill. But they make it clear that it's not a sport where amateurs should rush in.
"Professionals spend much of their time on trampolines and springboards, gaining the strength and timing for their manoeuvres.
"The 1980 World Cup winner, John Eaves from Canada, won the competition with this double-twist, double somersault.
"But even the professionals make mistakes. Another Canadian, Scott Fulmer was one of those whose timing was a split second out."
SPORT: HOTDOG SKIING
REPORTER: DUNCAN NESS
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Background: In Australia, the sport of hotdog, or aerial, skiing has had another boost with the staging of their most successful-ever national titles at Mount Buller in the Victorian Alps. Three-times world champion John Eaves of Canada won the freestyle title from his compatriot Rick Bowie. Duncan Ness of the Australian Broadcasting Commission was there.
SYNOPSIS: There were hot-dog skiers from Yugoslavia and West Germany whirling and spinning above the best snow ever seen in the Australian Alps; there've been record snowfalls this season. The strength of this field of competitors underlined claims that hotdogging on skis has become Australia's fastest-growing sport.