Downhill skiing consists of four main events which include Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super Giant Slalom, and Downhill. The different between these events is the placement of the gates. You also wear different gear and use different length skis for each event. Slalom - This event is when the ski gates are the closest together. Ski racers quickly navigate through the ski course. The ski gates "breakaway" as the ski racer hits them with their shin and/or arm as they ski by them. The reason ski racers hit the ski gates is to try to ski the straightest line possible down the ski slope. The straighter the line, the faster you go and the faster your run. Ski racers bring the tip of their ski close to the ski gate and sometimes catch their ski tip and spin out. Ski racers were shin, arm, and hand guards plus a protective helmet. Giant Slalom has the gates farther apart then slalom. Ski racers do not hit the gates like they do in slalom. Therefore, they tend to wear less guards. However, a helmet is still required. Super Giant Slalom and the Downhill, in addition to Slalom and Giant Slalom, are usually done in professional ski racing or at Junior Olympic ski races for aspiring professional ski racers. The length of skis varies from year to year. Typically, though, slalom requires a much shorter ski then giant slalom. Super Giant Slalom and the Downhill require longer skis. Ski racers usually wear skin tight "GS" suits in a range of wild colors. I know because I used to compete in downhill ski racing.
This is NOT who won... (:In Alpine Skiing (commonly referred to as "downhill skiing"), there are currently five events:SlalomGiant slalom (GS)Super GDownhillCombined (Traditionally composed of one run of downhill plus two runs of slalom, although the new "super combi" format including just one run of downhill is more common and will make its Olympic debut in 2010)Additionally, there are three Freestyle Skiing events:MogulsAerialsSkicross (or "skiercross"), which will make its Olympic debut at Vancouver in 2010 and is grouped under freestyle despite being a timed event with no judged component
'downhill'While it may seem obvious that all skiing would be downhill, nevertheless there is a sporting race in skiing that is specifically called 'downhill' skiing, or the 'downhill' event. This race has very few turns, as opposed to the skiing 'slalom' event, which is also downhill, but has a zigzag course with many turns.
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