Alpine Skiing is a demanding sport, and athletes will benefit by being in good physical condition to compete successfully and safely. In addition to a basic combination of endurance and strength, Alpine Skiing requires a high capacity of quickness and action/reaction endurance. Through proper training, the athletes improve their physical, psychological and mental efficiency.
Did you know?
- Approximately 150 athletes train and compete in this demanding sport each year.
Special Olympics rules follow the International Ski Federation rules for alpine racing with a few modifications.
- In 1993, Special Olympics North Carolina athlete Donna Parker attended the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria to compete in alpine skiing.
- In 1974, Jim Cottrell with the French Swiss Ski College in Blowing Rock was instrumental in introducing alpine skiing to the Special Olympics movement.
- SONC held its first Winter Games in 1994. They have continued ever since hosted at Appalachian Ski Mountain located between Blowing Rock and Boone.
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