2014 Olympic Alpine Skiing: Preview and Predictions for Men's Super-G

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2014 Olympic Alpine Skiing: Preview and Predictions for Men's Super-G
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The super-G, also known as the super giant, is one of the most exciting events at the Winter Olympics. It is a hybrid combination of the downhill competition and the slalom. As if traversing down a slope at top speed was not difficult enough, skiers also have to navigate between gates spread out like a slalom course.

Because it is a timed event, skiers are racing against the clock, but also battling the biggest adversary—the mountain itself. To take home a medal in the super-G, the athletes must have tremendous athleticism, stamina and strategy. With some very sharp turns on the course, split-second decisions must be made.

Taking a tight corner may shave off a precious hundredth of a second and could be the deciding factor between gold and silver. But take the turn too quickly, and you run the risk of a dreaded "DNF" next to your name.

Read on as we take a look at the men's super-G competition.

 

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