Alpine Skiing at the 2022 Winter Olympics – NBC10 Philadelphia
Alpine skiing, also known as ski racing, has been contested at every Olympic Winter Games since 1936. The sport tests the ability of athletes to hurtle down a snow-capped mountain as fast as possible on a defined course. Skiers race against the clock one at a time in a time trial format. The nature of the course depends on the discipline of skiing.
Downhill is the fastest discipline, characterized by few turns and wide doors. Slalom is the slowest and most technical discipline with the most turns and doors. Giant slalom and super-G combine elements of both, while the combined requires skiers to run both downhill and slalom in the same competition. Since 2018 there is also a mixed team parallel slalom competition, in which skiers run side by side on identical courses.
Austria leads the all-time Olympic medal count with 121 (37 gold medals), followed by Switzerland with 66 (22 gold medals) and the United States with 47 (17 gold medals). gold).
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