“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.