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Winter Olympics: everything you need to know about downhill skiing

The Beijing Winter Olympics and Alpine Skiing, also known as Alpine Skiing, is undoubtedly one of the main attractions at the Games, with breathtaking jumps and tight turns in the snow.

There will be a total of 11 alpine events, comprising men’s, women’s and mixed formats, with 33 medals up for grabs.

To provide some context on how physically demanding the sport is, only five athletes have ever successfully defended a gold medal in all five formats.

Sportsmail takes you through everything you need to know for the competition.

Alpine skiing once again takes center stage at the Beijing Winter Olympics

Alpine skiing once again takes center stage at the Beijing Winter Olympics

What is the Beijing 2022 location for downhill skiing?

The entire Alpine competition will be held at the National Alpine Ski Center in the Yanqing Competition Zone.

The center, which has seven race tracks, is built in the Xiaohaituo mountain region of northwest Yanqing and has a total capacity of 8,500 spectators, 5,000 seated and 3,500 standing.

The venue will be used for international competitions and athlete training after the Games.

The National Alpine Ski Center will host all 11 alpine ski events at the 2022 Winter Olympics

The National Alpine Ski Center will host all 11 alpine ski events at the 2022 Winter Olympics

The National Alpine Ski Center will host all 11 alpine ski events at the 2022 Winter Olympics

With the first locally broadcast Omicron case confirmed in Beijing in recent days, Beijing 2022 organizers have pulled the plug on plans to sell tickets widely while spectators based abroad have already been banned.

Instead, there will be an ‘adapted program’ that invites groups of spectators.

How does downhill skiing work during the Winter Games?

Alpine skiing is quite easy to understand. The goal is to get from the start of course on a snowy hill to the finish in the fastest possible time, although there are several variations.

downhill — This is the blue ribbon event of the Winter Games. Skiers reach speeds over 80 mph, but only have one run to get it right. There are gates to navigate, but these follow the natural slope and are largely just a guideline to avoid shortcuts.

Super-G — This engrossing race essentially combines the speed of the descent and the turns of the giant slalom. However, the drop isn’t as steep as it is in the downhill format. Again, the athletes get one run.

Giant slalom — With narrower gates than Super-G, it’s a slightly more technical race, but with intense speed still the primary target. The winner is the skier with the fastest time over two races.

Slalom — The tightest gates of all. Poles are used to mark the track and skiers must be fast over two runs, then adding the times together to calculate the final score.

ssuper combined — A combination of one slalom descent and either a shortened descent or a super-G course. Again, the athletes’ times are added together to calculate their final score.

The downhill events are popular and Aksel Lund Svindal won gold in the men's competition in 2018

The downhill events are popular and Aksel Lund Svindal won gold in the men's competition in 2018

The downhill events are popular and Aksel Lund Svindal won gold in the men’s competition in 2018

SPEED SKATING AND SHORT TRACK SCHEDULE

Sunday, February 6

Men’s descent (3 hours)

Monday 7 February

Giant Slalom Run 1 Women (2:15)

Giant Slalom Run 2 women (5:45 a.m.)

tuesday 8 february

Men’s Super-G (3 hours)

Wednesday 9 February

Slalom Run 1 Women (2:15)

Slalom Run 2 women (5:45 a.m.)

Thursday 10 February:

Men’s Alpine Combined Descent (2.30am)

Men’s Alpine Combined Slalom (6:15 a.m.)

Friday 11 February

Women’s Super-G (3 hours)

Sunday 13 February

Giant slalom course 1 men (2:15)

Giant Slalom Run 2 men (5:45 a.m.)

tuesday 15 february

Women’s downhill (3h)

Wednesday 16 February

Slalom Run 1 Men (2:15)

Slalom Run 2 men (5:45 a.m.)

thursday 17 february

Women’s Alpine Combined Descent (2.30am)

Women’s Combined Alpine Slalom (6 hours)

Saturday 19 February

Mixed teams parallel 1/8 final (3:00)

Mixed Team Parallel 1/4 Final (3:47)

Mixed Team Parallel 1/2 Final (4:14 am)

Mixed teams parallel small final (4:37am)

Mixed Team Parallel Grand Final (4:46 AM)

*All UK times

Who are the athletes to watch in Beijing?

No British athlete has ever won an Alpine Skiing medal at the Winter Olympics, after slalom specialist Alain Baxter’s bronze was taken away in 2002 due to a failed drug test.

However, there are hopes this year could be different, with Dave Ryding Britain’s most likely contender. However, there was also a lot of hope for Ryding in 2018, where he finished ninth. He is joined by men’s debutant Billy Major and women’s duo Charlie Guest and Alex Tilley.

Team GB hopes Dave Ryding (pictured) can end Britain's prolonged stint without a medal

Team GB hopes Dave Ryding (pictured) can end Britain's prolonged stint without a medal

Team GB hopes Dave Ryding (pictured) can end Britain’s prolonged stint without a medal

Riding aside, two-time gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin is undoubtedly one of the biggest names in the competition. She won four medals at the 2021 World Cup and is undoubtedly the favorite to win several more medals.

Other notable figures include Ester Ledecka, who remarkably also took first place in the 2018 parallel giant slalom in snowboarding alongside Michelle Gisin of Switzerland and double Olympic champion Marcel Hirscher of Austria.

Team GB Squad: Billy Major, Dave Ryding, Charlie Guest, Alex Tilley

Alpine Skiing: 2006, 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics Champions

Men’s descent

  • 2018 – Aksel Lund Svindal (Norway)
  • 2014 – Matthias Mayer (Austria)
  • 2010 – Didier Defago (Switzerland)
  • 2006 – Antoine Deneriaz (France)

Super-G . Gentlemen

  • 2018 – Matthias Mayer (Austria)
  • 2014 – Kjetil Jansrud (Norway)
  • 2010 – Aksel Lund Svindal (Norway)
  • 2006 – Kjetil Andre Aamodt (Norway)

Giant slalom men

  • 2018 – Marcel Hirscher (Austria)
  • 2014 – Ted Ligety (US)
  • 2010 – Carlo Janka Switzerland
  • 2006 – Benjamin Raich (Austria)

slalom men

  • 2018 – Andre Myhrer (Sweden)
  • 2014 – Mario Matt (Austria)
  • 2010 – Giuliano Razzoli (Italy)
  • 2006 – Benjamin Raich (Austria)

Men combined

  • 2018 – Marcel Hirscher (Austria)
  • 2014 – Sandro Villetta (Switzerland)
  • 2010 – Bode Miller (US)
  • 2006 – Ted Ligety United States

Women’s downhill

  • 2018 – Sofia Goggia (Italy)
  • 2014 – Dominique Gisin (Switzerland) and Tina Maze (Slovenia)
  • 2010 – Lindsey Vonn (US)
  • 2006 – Michaela Dorfmeister (Austria)

Super-G . ladies

  • 2018 – Ester Ledecka (Czech Republic)
  • 2014 – Anna Fenninger (Austria)
  • 2010 – Andrea Fischbacher (Austria)
  • 2006 – Michaela Dorfmeister (Austria)

Giant slalom women

  • 2018 – Mikaela Shiffrin (USA)
  • 2014 – Tina Maze (Slovenia)
  • 2010 – Viktoria Rebensburg (Germany)
  • 2006 – Julia Mancuso (US)

Slalom women

  • 2018 – Frida Hansdotter (Sweden)
  • 2014- Mikaela Shiffrin (US)
  • 2010 – Maria Riesch (Germany)
  • 2006 – Anja Parson (Sweden)

Ladies combined

  • 2018 – Michelle Gisin (Switzerland)
  • 2014 – Maria Hofl-Riesch (Germany)
  • 2010 – Maria Riesch (Germany)
  • 2006 – Janica Kostelic (Croatia)

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