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Speed Skiing

Speed skiing is a skiing sport in which the objective is to ski downhill on a straight path as fast as possible. It is considered as one of the fastest sport where athletes reach speed in excess of 150mph. As of 2016 the highest speed ever recorded was 156.978 mph.

The skis used for speed skiing are specially designed, which are 94 inches long with maximum width of 10 cm.  The skis have provisions to attach the athlete’s boots to it using bindings. The poles used are at least 1m long, and are bent to shape around the body.

The courses used for Speed skiing are specially designed steep slopes that are usually 1km long. Most of these courses used in competitions are at higher altitudes to minimize drag and enable faster speeds. At present, there are about 30 speed skiing courses around the world.

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A course is split into three zones, the first 300 - 400m is the launching zone, which is used to gain speed. The next 100m is the timing zone, where the speed of the run is measured and is used for deciding the winner. The last 500m of the course, called the run-out zone, is used for slowing down before coming to a stop.

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