Alexander Smyshlyaev is a Russian Freestyle Mogul Skier, 2014 Winter Olympic bronze medalist, Master of Sports of International Class. By the way, he is the World Cup 2015 bronze medalist, 11-time World Cup winner, nine-time champion of Russia.
Many people don’t know what freestyle and mogul are. In general, freestyle is a discipline, spin-off from skiing, originally included freestyle ski ballet, acrobatics and mogul skiing. Mogul skiing is a type of freestyle skiing where skiers display their tricks, jumps and incredible turning abilities on a mogul slope making high-quality, aggressive turns while remaining in the fall line.
Mogul isn’t very popular in Russia. However, Russian athletes show not bad results. At the 1994 Olympics in women’s moguls Elizaveta Kozhevnikova won bronze. But a true legend of the sport was Sergei Schupletsov, who won a silver medal in mogul at the same Olympics in Lillehammer in 1994. Schupletsov became one of the trendsetters in the Moguls, brightly performed at the World Cup. Unfortunately, he tragically died in a car crash at the age of 25.
After the success in the early 1990s, Russia had no medals in this discipline for 20 years.