Thursday, January 28, 2010

Olympic Skiing

“Olympic Skiing Attire”

In the New York Times the article “Freestylers Are Uptight About Keeping Things Loose” by Ruben Sprich, Olympic skiing is changing its rules on the appropriate racing suits to wear. They have banned the single piece racing suits made from rubber and other elastic material. Racers are now forced to wear a two piece suit which is looser fitting. The pants have to be at least eight centimeters thick and the top has to be at least six centimeters thick. Anyone racer that doesn’t meet this criteria will not be able to qualify or participate in the Olympics. Many racers feel this will be positive to the sport but some feel it can affect their racing due to wind resistance.
Ski racing is all about how fast you can get from point “A” to point “B”. Racers that use these streamline suits will definitely have faster times because there is less wind resistance. With the new two piece suits that racers are being forced to wear it will cause slower times. Racers feel this is really going to affect their racing and are trying to get this rule reversed. With this rule racers are going to be relying true skill and not on their equipment. This rule is definitely better for the sport and should make it a lot more interesting.


  1. Joe -

    I agree with you. The times will definitely be slower. However, at the same time, I agree with everyone being uniform. As long as everyone is wearing the same type of suit, then the race depends on an individuals skills to win the race. In my opinion, skills is what the Olympics is all about; not who can develop more stream-lined clothes or not.

  2. I don't think it really matters if they change what the skiers are wearing anyway. If they have talent then they should still be able to do really well no matter what they're wearing.

  3. I do not think that there should be a requirement on what they wear. If you can get disqualified for your outfit that is insane. I think it is the patricipant's choice what they wear and how tight it is.