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Downhill skiing speed

It should be obvious that the maximum and average speed in downhill skiing strongly depends on the course racer runs on. On a typical FIS-approved, international-level course racers can run about 130 km/h (80mph) but some courses can be faster. For example, in certain sections of “Streif” course in Kitzb├╝hel, Austria racers can run up to 140 kilometers per hour (87 miles per hour) (Course Start at 1.665m/5462.6ft, finish 805m/2641.08ft, vertical drop 860m/2821.52ft, length 3.312m/10866.14ft, average gradient 27%, maximum gradient 85%, minimum gradient 2%)

Right from the start, racers require a great deal of courage and self-confidence to fully charge the course, launching off to jumps of 50 m to 80 m at the sharp edge into Mausefalle. The Compression following Mausefalle has proved fatal to many a favorite in his struggle to resist the tremendous forces acting on him. (Source: hahnenkamm.com)

Vancouver 2010 downhill men will run February 13th, 2010 on Dave Murray downhill track in Whistler Creek (length 3158m, vertical drop 853m, maximum gradient 47%, average gradient 28% Source:scribd.com )

Speed skiing
Speed skiing is the sport of skiing downhill in a straight line as quickly as possible. It is one of the fastest non-motorized sports on land … The current world record is 251.4 km/h (156 mph), held by Simone Origone. Speed skiers regularly exceed 200 km/h (125 mph), which is even faster than the terminal velocity of a free-falling skydiver; about 193 km/h (120 mph) in the belly-to-earth position

Speed skiing official world records
Men: Simone Origone, Italy – 251.4 km/h (156.2 mph), April 2006 Les Arcs, France
Women: Sanna Tidstrand, Sweden – 242.59 km/h (150.74 mph), April 2006 Les Arcs, France

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