What it’s like to ski an Olympic downhill course


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/02/26/what-its-like-to-ski-an-oly.html


#2

Seems like a fair number of these clips won’t embed, and you have to click through to Youtube to watch.

I would bet @codinghorror could hack something together that warns you when trying to post one. (Feature request!)


#3

I want to know what the time on that run was and how it compares to Olympic times. Based on shadows the skier was carrying the camera and not using poles. I bet a go-pro helmet cam on a top athlete would be waaaay faster.


#4

Not my style, I’m a hiker, not a skier. About as exhilirating as I get would be a glissade like this. (Not my vid, I don’t own a helmet cam.) (Occasional profanity)


#5

The real thing on an Olympic track is … something else. To get an idea of what the surface is, you need to understand that it’s prepared by a horde of workers who wet it down to give it a nice, slick-as-an-ice-rink hard surface. Think, “ice skating downhill on a 45-degree slope.”


#6

I wonder how accurate the sound levels are on that. Is it really that quiet?


#7

Kind of. Seems more like what it’s like to be carried down an Olympic downhill course, about waist high. They couldn’t strap a GoPro 4K to a helmet? o_O


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#9

Nope. Could watch only about 20 seconds before feeling nauseous and dizzy, even on my wimpy laptop screen. Even a relatively minor disconnect, like this POV video, between what my eyes see and what my body/inner ear feels makes bad things happen in my brain, and it seems to be getting worse the older I get. Blerg…


#10

I did my ice axe training on a ski jump, originally built to host the Winter Olympics, that was still groomed for ski jumping outside the window that the club rented it, so I’ve got a general idea. :slight_smile:

An actual glissade on a steep, narrow trail with the ever-present possibility of “inadvertent tree-assisted self-arrest” is a different sort of excitement. Maybe not as fast, but just about as high a pucker-factor as a double-diamond ski run. (Not that I was ever that good on skis.)


#11

No. They usually scream all the way down.

:smiling_imp:


#12

Are these YouTube video marked as “refuse to embed” by the video owners?


#13

Yep. That’s the message shown.

This cropped up in another thread; seems like maybe the problem is that the poster is not using the “preview” feature of the BB blog.


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