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Alpine Ski Racing Vocabulary
Suspension net 4 to 6 meters tall installed in hazardous zones on alpine courses
Alpine Training System: the USSA athlete development system
Safety nets used on the sides of courses for protection, supported by poles.
The pattern that is ground into the base of the ski depending on the snow type.
The angle that is applied to the side edge relative to the base of the ski.
The start order of the top 30 finishers in SL and GS: 30th fastest goes 1st.
Velcro straps applied to the cuff of ski boots to increased the stiffness.
An adjustment made to boots to achieve a neutral stance.
Nylon brush markers used alone or with gates in training courses to set the line.
One of many different tuning toolsused to sharpen and polish ski edges.
The top 15 ranked racers in an event.
Federation Internationale de Ski: international governing body of ski racing.
A single combination of gates set in SL to change the rhythm or move across hill.
Different grits of gummi stones are used to buff ski edges.
A double combination of gates set in SL to change the rhythm or move across hill.
Portion of the race entry fee paid to USSA.
Certification of a race course meeting FIS standards.
intent to compete
Coaches intend their racers for an event; entry is dependent on quota
A thin plastic platform attached to the binding to lift the boot higher off the ski.
make the flip
To finish in the top 30 in the 1st run. Racer start position is "flipped" for 2nd run.
National Governing Body: USSA
North American Cup; a higher level FIS race series contested in the US and Canada
The seal affixed to speed suits to testify they comply with FIS standards
Qualification Race Points: the system used to select elite athletes to teams.
Race Organizing Committee
1.Approve a race 2. Penalize an athlete.
The regulated shape of the ski which determines the arc of the turn it can make.
In speed events when higher ranked athletes are sent ahead to clear new snow.
DH and SG/SL and GS
A protective, padded shirt worn under the speedsuit.
Short gates used in training runs.
Technical Delegate: the representative of the FIS overseeing the race.
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