Swedish Skiers relaxing before a World Cup race - Courchevel - Behind the Scenes - Ladies

02 January 2014 16:18

In the life of skiracers, there are very few moments when one can kick back and relax but, there are certain places which will make you want to do just that - Courchavel is definitely one of them! Host of one of the most exclusive World Cup races on the Tour, the French resort provides the athletes with some amazing experiences.

In this Behind the Scenes we spent the afternoon between training, time off and bib draw with Swedish skiers Anna Swenn-Larsson and Nathalie Eklund.

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.

For further information about FIS Alpine visit:
http://www.fis-ski.com/alpine-skiing/

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