The alpine skiing events on display at the Youth Olympic Games
Five Alpine Skiing disciplines will feature at the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games in January: Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super G, Alpine Combined and Parallel Mixed Team.
Alpine Skiing: the popular pastime that is so difficult to master. That is why spectators attend Alpine events in their droves every winter, as pro skiers slalom down slopes at near unfathomable speeds.
It's for this reason Alpine Skiing makes for incredible viewing, and you will be able to watch the thrill-a-minute action at the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games in January.
But do you know your Slalom from your Giant Slalom? And what makes up the Alpine Combined event?
Slalom vs Giant Slalom vs Super G
The Slalom sees skiers race down two different courses, with their times combined for an overall score. This discipline requires quick turns through gates – alternating between pairs of red and blue poles – which are placed closely together.
In the Giant Slalom, skiers race between sets of poles, with the gates further apart than Slalom. It follows a similar format with the times combined from two runs.
The Super G increases the distance between the gates, making it the fastest of the three events as there are fewer sharp turns. Unlike the other two disciplines, however, Super G consists of one single run.
The Alpine Combined tests both technique and speed as it consists of two runs – Super G and Slalom. The times are combined for an overall total, with Super G traditionally the first race.The Parallel Mixed Team Event is all about head-to-head racing between nations (one male and one female per team), as skiers slalom around gates with the aim of crossing the finish line before their opponent.
If YOG skiers are looking for inspiration, they need look further than Slovakia’s first ever skiing world champion, Petra Vlhova. The step-up from youth to senior competition is never easy, but Vlhova has certainly made her mark after impressive results at junior level. The 24-year-old won Slalom gold at the 2012 Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, and was crowned the junior world champion two years later.
After picking up four World Cup wins between 2016 and 2018, 2019 proved to be a year to remember for Vlhova. She ranked second behind Mikaela Shiffrin in the overall World Cup standings, placing second in the Slalom and Giant Slalom too. But it was at the World Championships in Are where Vlhova made history, taking home Slovakia’s first gold in the Giant Slalom, beating Viktoria Rebensburg and Shiffrin to top the podium.
Vlhova also won silver in the Combined and bronze in the Slalom, proving she is a force to be reckoned with, and set to challenge Shiffrin for further glory in the years to come.
Alpine Skiing schedule in Lausanne
Friday, January 10
10:15 - 11:30 - Women's Super G
13:30 - 15:00 - Men's Super G
Saturday, January 11
10:30 - 11:30 - Men's Alpine Combined
12:30 - 13:30 - Women's Alpine Combined
Sunday, January 12
10:00 - 11:30 - Run 1 Women's Giant Slalom
12:45 - 14:15 - Run 2 Women's Giant Slalom
Monday, January 13
10:00 - 11:30 - Run 1 Men's Giant Slalom
12:45 - 14:15 - Run 2 Men's Giant Slalom
Tuesday, January 14
09:30 - 11:00 - Run 1 Women's Slalom
11:00 - 12:30 - Run 1 Men's Slalom
13:45 - 15:00 - Run 2 Women's Slalom
15:00 - 16:15 - Run 2 Men's Slalom
Wednesday, January 15
11:00 - 12:30 - Parallel Mixed Team Event