Olympic Slalom is an alpine skiing snowboarding sport including skiing between poles or gates. These are more closely than those in giant slalom super giant slalom and downhill necessitating faster and shorter turns. Fans from all over the world can buy Olympic Slalom tickets online.

Globally the sport is contested at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships and at the Olympic Winter Games. With the invention of shaped skis around the turn of the 21st, century equipment used for slalom in worldwide competition changed drastically. 

Olympic Slalom at Tokyo Olympic Summer Games 2020
Olympic Slalom at Tokyo Olympic Summer Games 2020

World Cup skiers commonly skied on slalom skis at a length of 203, 207 centimeters 79.9, 81.5 in the 1980s and 1990s but by the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City the most of competitors were using skis measuring 160 cm.

The term slalom comes from the Morgedal Seljord a Norwegian dialect word slalom meaning slightly inclining hillside and lam meaning track after skis. The inventors of modern skiing classified their trails according to their trouble. 

Slalom was a trail used in Telemark by boys and girls not yet able to try themselves on the more challenging runs. Ufsilam was a trail with one obstacle fuse like a jump it’s a difficult turn gorge a cliff often more than 10 meters 33ft high and more. Uvyrdslam was a trail with several obstacles.

The rules for the current slalom were developed by Arnold Lunn in 1922 for the British National Ski Championships and accepted for alpine skiing at the 1936 Winter Olympics.

Olympic Slalom at Tokyo Olympic Summer Games 2020
Olympic Slalom at Tokyo Olympic Summer Games 2020

Below these rules gates were marked by pairs of flags rather than single ones were arranged so that the racers had to use a variation of turn lengths to negotiate them and scoring was on the basis of time alone rather than on both time and style.

Slalom course is made by laying out a series of gates formed by alternating pairs of blue and red poles.  Skier must pass between the 2 poles forming the gate with the tips of both skis and the skier’s feet passing between the poles. Course has 40 to 60 for women and 55 to 75 gates for men. The vertical drop for a men’s course is 180 to 220 m and slightly less for women.

The main blocking method in modern slalom is cross blocking in which the skier takes such a tight line and angulates. So strongly that he or she is able to block the gate with the outside hand.

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