popularity of Olympic figure
skating, the Alpine downhill is one of the most anticipated
spectacles of the Winter Games.
It all begins
as racers curl up in a "tuck" position. This is to gain
aerodynamic speed as they hurtle down the mountain at times in
excess of 120 km/h (75 miles per hour).
action-packed, it's a race against the clock as top skiing teams
from around the world compete in such events as the Slalom, Super-G
and the Nordic
has its own rules and discipline, but all of them maintain the
same level of excitement and danger! as competitors try to outdo one
another (sometimes by hundredths of seconds) down the steep and
hard-packed slopes.Speed and
agility are the two mainstains of competition in the Super-G,
which features the blue and red alternating gates that number
at least 35 for the men and 30 for the women.
This is followed
by the Giant Slalom, where the gates become closer, and the demand
for maneuverability is at its utmost. The Nordic Combined includes
both a downhill and a slalom descent, which totals the times acheived
over the two events to determine the winner.
Alpine skiing at the 2014 Winter Olympics will be held at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort near Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
On the USA team, watch for American daredevil Bode Miller to compete in Sochi during the ten alpine events scheduled from February 9–22, 2014.
February 2014 Olympic Alpine Skiing Schedule & Medal Events