Sunday Mar 01 2009
HOW TO: Ski a slalom course
By: Todd Mordhorst, Journal Sports Editor
One miniscule mistake can mean the difference between a gold medal and a run-of-the-mill finish when you're skiing competitively. Slalom skiing forces competitors to test their technique, physical stamina and concentration in an arena where there is little margin for error. The course is set up on a steep slope with 40 to 60 gates, each around 30 feet apart. The skiers must pass between the two poles forming the gates, often blocking the poles with their arms or legs as they pass through. Most races consist of two runs and the skier with the lowest combined time is the winner. THE EXPERT: Placer High sophomore Karly Kenworthy has been nearly unbeatable so far this season. She won five of six races in the Central Division II season and will lead the formidable Hillgals team into the California-Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation Championships next week at Mammoth Mountain. Kenworthy races for Auburn Ski Club in USSA Far West Division competition throughout the season. She was recently recognized on the Far West All-Academic Team Selections.