There are three factors that the international panel of judges use to decide who will ultimately mount the podium: technicality, style, and overall impression. If those aspects sound somewhat nebulous and subjective, that's because, well, as with any sport that includes subjective elements, they are. Thus, while technicality is relatively straightforward for judges to score – "That means the doubles, the amount of spins, innovation, new tricks, things like that," Dumont explains – it isn't the only factor. Scoring may swing wildly depending on the preferences of judges. "The overall impression is the biggest thing," Dumont says. "Top to bottom, do you have everything in the package? Even in the flat bottom, are you skiing in control? Are you in front of your boots? Are you back seat? Top to bottom, did you have everything needed to complete a halfpipe run?"
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