This sport provides some of the best entertainment during the Winter Olympics as individual skiers race down the mountain at massive speeds while they combat different obstacles. Olympic Alpine skiing began in 1936 and today has become one of the most popular events at the Olympics, currently hosting five events each for men and women. These events include slalom, giant slalom, downhill, super-G and super combined, these all test the skiers in their skill, speed and athletic ability. Unfortunately for the skiers, no amount of skill can change the weather, as it plays a large part in their performance in Alpine skiing and many times can cause the event itself to be postponed.
The event is typical dominated by Europeans and 2014 could be no different with Switzerland’s 2010 gold medalist Didier Défago, three-time medalist Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway and Tina Maze of Slovenia competing. But the U.S. will bring a formidable team themselves including decorated veteran Bode Miller, rising star Mikaela Shiffrin and 2006 Turin gold medalist Ted Ligety.