The following is a summary of Yahoo! Sports’ article on the 2014 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing Events. To read the entire article, click here.
Since alpine skiing was officially added to the roster of the Olympic Games in 1936, 10 events are held: 5 for men, and 5 for women. Listed below are the 10 events and a corresponding explanation.
- Downhill: The fastest and most dangerous, skiiers participating in the downhill event can reach up to 80mph. In this event, athletes ski one at a time, and the gates are far apart.
- Slalom: The gates in this event are closer than any other alpine skiing event. Skiiers ski two separate courses and the times for each are added together at the end to determine the winner.
- Giant Slalom: Women compete with 46-58 gates and men with 56-70, though the gates are further apart than Slalom. Times are combined for two different courses, and the skier with the lowest time wins.
- Super-G: Also known as “Super Giant,” the Super-G combines both downhill and giant slalom elements. Athletes reach high speeds similar to those achieved on Downhill while competing on a course that resembles a giant slalom. Like Downhill, skiers race one at a time, and the athlete with the lowest time wins the event.
- Combined: Times for a Slalom run and Downhill run are combined. The athlete with the lowest time wins the event.