The freeskiers who invented it don’t have to like it, but skiercross—make that ‘ski cross’—is now an official, FIS-controlled Olympic event, and former World Cup racers like Daron Rahlves are among the favorites. Burning questions remain, like how baggy should your clothes be, what exactly are the rules, and who’ll win the first gold medal.
The Austrians have long dominated the speed events, but if Lindsey, Bode or the Swiss team have anything to say about it, a change is coming.
Skiing two miles downhill without taking a break is hard enough. Try doing it at 80 mph on a sheet of ice. That's what it feels like to be an Olympic racer. Think you've got what it takes? Give it a shot on one of these former Olympic downhill courses. Quad burn mean anything to you?