About 40 young skiers are using a plastic ski slope in their bids for selection in the United States' Winter Olympic team for Innsbruck next year.
GV TILT DOWN Skier down ski slope
SV Skier jumps
MV PAN & GV PAN Skiers down jump (2 shots)
SV Skier over hill and down slope
GV PAN Skier off jump and down slope
VARIOUS SHOTS OF YOUNG SKIERS USING ARTIFICIAL SLOPE.
TRANSCRIPT: AMUNDSON: "Forty skiers who are trying for positions on the United States' ski jumping team will be in Madison through October twentieth, training on this country's only plastic jumping facility. The coaches say there is very little difference between the plastic surface and snow. Several European countries have plastic hills, for off-season training and the people responsible for getting the United States' team together, say year-round competition has become necessary. A skier's performance here helps about twenty-five per cent towards his selection for the Olympic team. After Madison, the Olympic hopefuls will go the Canadian Rockies for two weeks of training, then it's on to Thunder Bay, Ontario, for a training period in December. Following two meets in the United States in january, the team will be selected. The Winter Olympics will be held in February at Innsbruck, Austria. This is Charles Amundson reporting."
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Background: About 40 young skiers are using a plastic ski slope in their bids for selection in the United States' Winter Olympic team for Innsbruck next year.
The skiers are all aiming for the jumping event and have used the artificial slope to help with off-season training.
The skiers had their first run on the slope in Madison, Wisconsin, on Tuesday (14 October) and will continue their preparations for another week.
Several European countries have plastic slopes for training and coaches say there is very little difference between the plastic surface and snow.
U.S. Olympic officials say the skiers' performances on the Madison plastic hills will count about twenty-five per cent towards selection.
This film is serviced with an English commentary by TVN reporter, Charles Amundson. A transcript appears overleaf.