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10 things to know about Olympic Alpine Skiing ahead of Sochi

December 16, 2013 08:00 am

10 things you need to know about the Winter Olympic sport of Alpine Skiing

Venue: Rosa Khutor Alpine Center

Gold medals on offer: 10

Dates: Sunday February 9 – Saturday February 22

Chemmy Alcott Team GB

Carving: A series of clean turns using the edges of skis. Carving turns can vary from tight turns to giant ‘S’ shaped swoops.

Piste: French for a groomed course on snow or the groomed portion of a ski area 

Tuck: A tight, forward-lean position used for fast downhill runs. The skier is in a squatting position with the arms tight against the sides and skis parallel.

Briton Jeanette Kessler was a double world medallist and competed in the first-ever women’s Olympic alpine skiing event in 1936, finishing eighth. She co-wrote one of the first ski tourism books – Ski Holidays In The Alps.

Jeanette Kessler Team GB

Konrad Bartelski’s second place in a World Cup downhill race in 1981 remains the best ever performance by a British skier at that level.