No Race? No Problem! Fun Times and Some Stress at the Downhill Start in St Moritz - BtS

02 February 2014 08:03

There are days when weather decides to dictate the rules and long, frequent delays set the pace of the days. The downhill race in St.Moritz had to be cancelled after seven attempts to try to get it going. There is not much to do but wait for the teams and different skiers found different ways of entertaining themselves while waiting. We were there showing you what they did. 

The FIS Alpine Ski World Cup is the top international circuit of Alpine Skiing competitions staged annually. It is considered the premier competition in alpine ski racing together with the quadrennial Olympic Winter Games and the biennial FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. Some experts event consider winning the World Cup to be athletically a more valuable title than winning gold at the Olympic Winter Games or the World Championships, since it requires a competitor to ski at an extremely high level in several events throughout the season, and not just in one race. Today, the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup races are held primarily at famous ski resorts in the European Alps, along with regular stops in Scandinavia, North America, and Far East Asia. Competitors attempt to score a maximum of points during the season in five events: slalom, giant slalom, super-G, downhill and super combined. The fifth event, super-combined, was introduced in 2005 and generally consists of a shorter downhill race and a one-run slalom. Sometimes the downhill is replaced by a super-G. Alpine was added to the Olympic winter schedule in 1936.
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