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Olympic Alpine Skiing
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Along with 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).

Exciting and 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 combined.

Each event 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.

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More about Olympic alpine skiing around the Web:



FIS Ski - Alpine Skiing
- Check out the complete Olympic schedule at a glance, from the International Ski Federation.

U.S. Ski Team - Here's their official home online, with a team overivew, athlete bios and stats, with updates and video reports,

Alpine Canada - Get event schedules and headline news, in English and French.

Snowport GB - The official British team info featuring proflles, pictures, event schedule.


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