It’s likely that when you think of skiing, Alpine skiing is what comes to mind. It’s like sliding down a slope on a pair of wooden planks, with your lower body helping out a little and gravity doing the rest.
Difference Between Super G And Slalom
There are four different types of downhill skiing competitions at the Winter Olympics. Alpine skiing is broken up into four distinct disciplines: downhill, super slalom (Super G), giant slalom (Giant Slalom), and slalom. The first two events emphasise speed, while the second two are regarded more technical since competitors must make a series of sharp bends through tight gates.
Despite their superficial similarities, each of these four competitions actually calls for very distinct abilities on the part of the athletes that participate. Let’s take a closer look at two of these competitions—the Super G and the Giant Slalom—in this article.
In the Giant Slalom, skiers race down the mountain through a series of tight gates set up at various locations down the ski line, just like in the Slalom. Gates are spaced 10 metres further apart than in the Slalom event since the course is longer and more technical skill is required to navigate the tight curves between them. Skiers take two runs in each competition, with the best time counting.
Each skier takes one run in the Super G, as the Super Giant Slalom is nicknamed, because it is a speed event. The course length is greater than that of the Giant Slalom, and the vertical drop is greater as well. Downhill races still require athletes to successfully negotiate a set of gates, albeit these gates are spaced widely apart than in the Giant Slalom to allow for the greater speed involved.
Mikaela Shiffrin is the Most Well-Known Member of Team USA.
She has earned more medals than any other American skier in history despite being only 26 years old. In 2018, she took home the Giant Slalom gold. There are +250 odds on her winning another gold medal in the women’s Giant Slalom this year.
Ryan Cochran-Siegle, a Vermont native, is competing in the Olympics for the second time. In 2020, he won the Super G at the World Cup, and he’s shaping up to be in peak form for the 2022 games. At +1500, he has the greatest odds of any U.S. male skier to win the Super G and become Olympic champion.