Alpine skiing is among the most exciting Olympics events and
was introduced to the Olympic program at the 1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Games with a men's and women's combined event, featuring a
downhill and two slalom runs. After the cancellation of the
following two Games because of war, alpine skiing returned
to St. Moritz with a program of six events. The Oslo Games
in 1952 welcomed giant slalom to the program and marked the
departure of the combined event. The combined event did not
return until 1988.
The 2002 Winter Olympic Games
will host 10 alpine competition events (Downhill, Super-G,
Giant Slalom, Slalom and Combined) - five for women and five
for men. The rules are the same for men and women, but the
courses differ. In all cases, time is measured to .01 seconds
and ties are permitted.
Learn More About Alpine Skiing
United States Ski Team is headquartered in Park City,
Utah, with a full time staff of more than 100 coaches
and administrators and with four field offices around
racers starting position relates to their predetermined
skill level. This is called "seeding." Each event
tests competitors' skills at different speeds.
country may enter up to four skiers per event. The
total size of the team may not exceed 22, with no
more than 14 of either gender.
skier, Picabo Street completed an amazing comeback
by winning Olympic gold in the Super-G in 1:18.02,
one-hundredth of a second faster than Austrian Michaela
Dorfmeister. She was suffering from headaches from
her concussion nine days earlier, when, traveling
at 75 mph, she lost a ski and crashed into the safety
Winter Olympic Sports
Olympians will compete in dozens of sports this winter. Even
though Gateway to the Winter Games can't feature them all,
you can learn about each and every one by visiting the sites
Publishing Group's Official Olympic Sports page
This K-12 education Internet site is filled with Olympic
facts, lesson plans, athlete profiles and more.
This official site of the International Olympic Committee
reports Olympic schedules and features an excellent Olympic
Sportsline's Olympics 2002
Get top news stories and in-depth features about every sport.
In addition to news on every sport, this site contains athlete
Select a sport to study or hear firsthand from an athlete
who plays it.
Lake 2002 Winter Olympics
This is the Official 2002 Winter Olympic site for Salt Lake.
This site has schedules, sports outlines, athlete bios,
and much more.
Salt Lake Winter Games 2002
Get a countdown to the games, with background on some of
the different sports and the participating athletes.
States Olympic Team
The United States Olympic Team site includes athlete bios,
diaries, and pictures. Also, check out the exciting video
and audio clips of the various athletes in action.
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