Category Archives: Downhill

XXII Olympic Winter Games – Events Full Calendar

The XXII Olympic Winter Games will be held in Sochi, Russia starting next February 6th and closing on the 23rd.

Below you will find the full schedule for this Winter Olympics, as well as some relevant posts we have published about several events technical details, so you can follow all the action in a more informed way.

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 February
TH6
FR7
SA8
SU9
MO10
TU11
WE12
TH13
FR14
SA15
SU16
MO17
TU18
WE19
TH20
FR21
SA22
SU23
Ceremonies
Alpine Skiing
Biathlon
Bobsleigh
Cross-Country
Curling
Figure Skating
Freestyle Skiing
Ice Hockey
Luge
Nordic Combined
Short Track
Skeleton
Ski Jumping
Snowboard
Speed Skating

Alpine Skiing – ‘The Downhill’

The downhill event is the longest course in which the highest speed in Alpine skiing is reached, sometimes way over 130 km/h. It includes challenging turns, jumps and gliding phases. Each skier makes a single run down a single course and the fastest time determines the winner.

A Downhill course normally begins at or near the top of a mountain. Gates (flags) are farther apart than in other events (e.g. Slalom or Giant Slalom) due to the high-speed that requires more space to overcome the flags. The courses in the world’s most notable ski areas do not change a lot from year to year.

Due to safety reasons (crashes are extremely violent) a helmet is compulsory for downhill and some skiers choose to attach a chin guard. The poles used by skiers are curved to fit around the body to reduce air resistance.

Unlike Slalom and Giant Slalom, where skiers final classification is computed by two combined times over two runs, in the Downhill, the race is a single run. The time course is normally between 1.5 and 2.5 minutes for World Cup races and must be over 1 minute to meet international minimum standards. Tenths and hundredths and, occasionally, thousandths of seconds count: World Cup races and Olympic medals have sometimes been decided by as little as one or two hundredths of a second, and ties are not unheard of.

The best ‘downhillers’ ever in Word Cup events are both Austria’s Franz Klammer in men (25 race wins and 5 world titles) and Annemarie Moser-Proll in women (36 wins, 7 world titles).