To qualify for selection for the British Aerial Team, athletes must prove themselves both on the water ramp and on the competition circuit. Once established, athletes should qualify for Europa Cup and World Cup level competition in Freestyle Aerial events.
The Freestyle Selection Policy introduced by British Ski & Snowboard will be used by the Selection Panel to select athletes for the season. This governs the progression of athletes through the junior and development squads to the Elite Performance Squad and ultimately their eligibility for selection by the British Olympic Association to represent Great Britain at the Winter Olympic Games.
Criteria also exists for selection to the Youth Olympic Winter Games and World Junior Ski Championships. Athletes are also asked to provide information about their intended training and competition schedules when applying for a Licence.
The British Aerial Ski Team consists of only those athletes awarded an A Licence. This is to ensure that British Team status accurately reflects that the athlete is engaged at the highest level of competition, that is World Cup, World Ski Championships and the Olympic Winter Games.
Aerial athletes wishing to obtain an A licence to compete at World Cup level require a minimum of 50 FIS points and have qualified two double somersaults at or over DD 2.60 (Women) or one jump of 3.15 plus more than one jump of 2.85 (Men) for performance on snow, and received a minimum judges’ score of 70 (men) or 60 (Women) in snow (not water ramp) competition, on two occasions during the preceding 12 months.
To obtain a B Licence to compete at Europa Cup or NorAm Cup events, athletes must qualify two different inverted Aerial manoeuvres of DD 2.00 or above, for performance on snow.
Licences in Aerials will be awarded provisionally at the start of the season, and reviewed for confirmation in October prior to the winter season but after summer training and water ramp competition.
Representing Great Britain at the XXII Winter Olympics in aerials means satisfying the eligibility of the international governing body FIS, and meeting selection criteria set out by GBR governing body, British Ski & Snowboard during the programme leading up to the Games.
The maximum number of athletes per NOC is 26 (a maximum of 14 males or 14 females) and is limited to a maximum of four entries per gender in each of the Freestyle events (Aerials, Moguls, Ski Cross, Ski Halfpipe and Slopestyle). The number of FIS quota spots is 25 per gender. The Olympic Quota Allocation List of 20 January 2014 will determine the number of quota spots for each NOC.
For consideration to represent Great Britain in aerials, an athlete must meet the following criteria set by the BOA:
A Top 30 placement in a FIS World Cup or FIS World Championship.
A minimum total of 80 points on the Olympic FIS Points List AND at least one of the following:
Two top 50% finishes in a registered FIS World Cup event during the Olympic Qualification Period (1 July 2012 – 19 January 2014); or
A top 66.7% finish in the 2013 FIS World Championships.
The current ranking and points standing of all freestyle skiing athletes is available on the Official FIS website.