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New Poll: What is your favourite Winter Olympics Sport?

If you’ve read My small part in the 2010 Winter Olympics about my 2010 Winter Olympics experience, you’ll know I’m really psyched about the Winter Olympics being hosted here in my home town of Vancouver.

Please take a moment and cast your vote for which Winter Olympics sporting event is your favourite to follow, whether live, on TV, computer or your mobile device. (One vote per person please.)

Just to keep things interesting, I’ll post the results in early March after the 2010 Winter Olympic Games are over.

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      Although I enjoy watching both the speed and the figure skating events, I would have to say that my favorite Olympic sports are the Alpine skiing events. In Alpine skiing, it is just the athlete, the skis, and the mountain, with little else: no judges to critique form or style, no penalty points, just a race to the finish. I think that anyone who has ever enjoyed the exhilaration of downhill skiing can relate to the Alpine events. As only an intermediate skier I never went anywhere near as fast as Olympic contenders; even so I can almost feel the rush of the cold air just watching the skiers flying down the courses.

      After the recent unseasonably warm weather, I hope that the weather soon improves for you so that the course conditions make for good racing at your Olympics.


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      Jason Cao
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      Hi Gretchen,
      Thanks for your comment. Great point about Alpine skiing - just the skier and the mountain. I would not reach thoes speeds either. What I consider gentle bumps at cruising speeds, these skiers consdier launch pads at their speeds!

      Yes, the weather has been warm. My rhodos are blooming way too early. Shouldn't affect alpine events too much though because there's plenty of snow up at Whistler.

      Enjoy the Games!

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      Alpine Skiing is my favorite...
      Alpine skiing has been practiced in the European Alps for at least 150 years. In addition to adapting cross-country techniques to suit their steeper slopes, alpine skiers also found they needed slightly wider skis to go downhill safely, and developed different ways to use their poles and new turning techniques to match the more vertical terrain of the high mountains.

      The sport became increasingly popular through the early 20th century with the development of T-bars, tows and ski lifts, as alpine skiers no longer had to climb up a slope before skiing down.

      Alpine skiing for both men and women debuted as an Olympic sport in 1936 at Garmisch-Partenkirchen. In 1948, separate downhill and slalom races were added. From that time, super combined was not contested at an Olympic Winter Games until 1988, in Calgary. The giant slalom was added in 1952, and the super-G in 1988.

      How It Works

      In alpine skiing, racers can reach speeds of more than 130 kilometres an hour, travelling down a vertical drop that ranges from 180 metres (slalom) to 1,100 metres (downhill) for men and 140 metres (slalom) to 800 metres (downhill) for women. The vertical drop is made even more difficult because of a series of gates the skiers must pass through. Skiers who miss a gate must then climb back up and go through the missed gate or be disqualified.


      The downhill event features the longest course and the highest speeds in alpine skiing. Each skier makes a single run down a single course. The fastest time determines the winner.


      Super-G, for super giant slalom, combines the speed of downhill with the more precise turns of giant slalom. The course is shorter than downhill but longer than the giant slalom course. Each skier makes one run down a single course. The fastest time determines the winner.

      Giant Slalom

      Giant slalom is similar to the slalom, with fewer, wider and smoother turns. Each skier makes two runs down two different courses on the same slope. Both runs take place on the same day. Usually the first run is held in the morning and the second in the afternoon. The times for both runs are then combined with the fastest total time determining the winner.


      Slalom features the shortest course and the quickest turns. As in the giant slalom, each skier makes two runs down two different courses on the same slope. Both runs take place on the same day. The times are added together and the fastest total time determines the winner.

      Super Combined

      The combined event consists of one downhill run followed by one slalom run using a shorter course. The times are added together. The fastest total time determines the winner.

      Competition Events
      Men’s Downhill
      Ladies’ Downhill
      Men’s Super-G
      Ladies’ Super-G
      Men’s Giant Slalom
      Ladies’ Giant Slalom
      Men’s Slalom
      Ladies’ Slalom
      Men’s Super Combined
      Ladies’ Super Combined


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      ... winter olympics discipline is missing:
      Extreme Couching.


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      Jason Cao
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      LOL! Hey, Anton, I'd make it through to the Qualification Rounds for that event, but you probably won't see me on the podium (or couch). Too many free events to attend in person. Very family-friendly too! 🙂