Sport: Roch Run

To the uninitiated, who take their skiing vicariously from the movies and the newsreels, jumping is the zenith of competitive skiing. But only about one skier in ten is a jumper. Finns prefer the langlanf —racing on the flat. Precision-minded skiers like the slalom—a tricky obstacle race between pairs of flags set irregularly down a steep hillside. For daredevils with a taste for breakneck speed, slashing turns, there is only one sport on skis: downhill racing—probably the most difficult and dangerous form of skiing competition.

The perfect downhill course would have at least one...

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