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Collision Course

Collision Course
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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.

This we know about Daron Rahlves: He is the most accomplished American downhill racer of all time. A competitive streak runs so deep in his system that
it’s like a thread spun directly into his chromosomal helix.

But can that explain why a 36-year-old father of 2-year-old twins would subject himself to the often violent rigors of ski cross, the newest sport—some would say “blood sport”—on this winter’s Olympic agenda? He already has a hall-of-fame résumé. What else is there to prove?

[ Tue, 2010-01-26 18:13 ]
World Cup Ski Champion Lindsey Vonn 1/10/10
America's skiing sweetheart credits her team of coaches for her stomping form this season

When we say we're "in the zone," usually we mean the Deli Zone sandwich shop over on Boulder's University Hill. But sometimes we mean we're skiing "in the zone" -- slicing the fall line like a hot knife, thinking not about how tired or old or unskilled we are but about how bomber and awesome and stardom-worthy our skiing is.

Collision Course, Page 8

Collision Course, Page 8
It used to be called “Chinese downhill”; now it’s an Olympic sport. One thing hasn’t changed: It’s patently unsafe.
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.

In the two World Cup events he entered last year, he registered the third-fastest times in qualifying runs.

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