Paralympic Alpine Skiing at Whistler Mountain’s Creekside
Experience the thrill of watching Paralympic alpine skiers race down Whistler
Mountain at speeds of more than 100 km per hour while travelling down a vertical drop
that ranges from 120 to 800 metres. Their athleticism and commitment is truly
Alpine skiing events include Downhill, Super-G, Giant slalom, Slalom and Super
Combined. Athletes are classified as standing, sitting or visually impaired and compete
against other athletes with a similar disability.
When the clock determines the winner, speed is everything. Featuring the longest
course and the highest speeds in alpine skiing, downhill events are a thrill to watch.
Each male athlete will ski a single run down the Dave Murray Downhill and each female
athlete will ski once down Franz’s Run.
Combining the speed of downhill and the more precise turns of giant slalom, Super-G,
short for super giant slalom, has a shorter course than downhill but is longer than the
giant slalom course. Each Olympian completes one run and the fastest time determines
who gets the gold.
Similar to the slalom but with fewer, wider and smoother turns, giant slalom
competitors ski two runs down two different courses on the same slope. Both runs occur
on the same day with the first usually being held in the morning and the second in the
afternoon. A combination of both run times is used to determine the total fastest time
and gold medal winner.
Like giant slalom, skiers makes two runs down two different courses on the same
slope, but the course is shorter and has the quickest turns. Athletes ski both runs on
the same day and their times are added together to determine the fastest
Olympians ski one downhill run followed by a slalom run using a shorter course. The
results are added together and the fastest total time brings home the gold.
Find more information about the sport from Vancouver2010.com.