Olympic Briefing: Slalom Skiing

Press Clippings: Ted Ligety is one of the top U.S. Alpine skiers and one of our best hopes for an Alpine medal in the Sochi Olympics. ┬áLigety was 2006 Olympic Gold Medalist in the combined and four time World Cup giant slalom champion. To give you some perspective of what’s involved in the alpine skiing disciplines, ┬áthe opening video of this post shows what a slalom run looks like from Ted Ligety’s perspective, shot with a GoPro camera attached to his backpack. One thing you’ll notice: it all happens very fast. For background, here’s a wiki on slalom skiing. For even deeper background here are a couple of nice videos on slalom skiing, one of Petra Vlhova racing in Innsbruck in 2012 and another of the Swiss Skier Sandro Simonet at Innsbruck in the same race meeting. When you look at these videos one things is clear besides the technical excellence of the skiers: we sure miss real, snowy, grey, winter, conditions for the skiing events.

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