INTRODUCTION: Skiers from eight countries have taken part in the European Cup "hot-dog" skiing competition at Kranjska Gora, the most popular winter sports centre in Yugoslavia. "Hot-dogging" or "freestyle" skiing is only in its infancy.
INTRODUCTION: Skiers from eight countries have taken part in the European Cup "hot-dog" skiing competition at Kranjska Gora, the most popular winter sports centre in Yugoslavia. "Hot-dogging" or "freestyle" skiing is only in its infancy. But already it has attracted a considerable following, with enthusiasts watching spectacular, daring, but sometimes risky acrobatics on skis.
SYNOPSIS: "Hot-dogging", as the term suggests, is an American idea. It represents a complete change from the traditional discipline of Alpine skiing. Traditional competitive skiing events consist of downhill slalom or jumping, which demonstrate well-established styles and techniques. But the younger and more athletic skiers have been looking for something different and more dramatic.
Freestyle is divided into three classes: mogul, stunt ballet and aerials or jumping. And here is a demonstration of the latter: aerials as performed by the competitors in Kranjska Gora. Instead of the conventional ski-jump in which the jumper simply soars in a streamlined attempt to achieve distance, he behaves in the same way as a highboard diver.
So, the competitors, both men and women, "flip" -- somersault or "helicopter" -- pirouette in mid-air. Aerials were long through to be too dangerous to be allowed. But enthusiasts claim that their sport is as safe as others. Dry land training is supposed to ensure that no-one ever attempts a manoeuvre that he or she is not ready for. Yet there seems to be a little luck involved as well. And some competitors in Kranjska Gora didn't have it....
The winners were Fraulein Susi Schmidl - number four - and Herr En Hezenauer - number eleven - both of West Germany.