In the United States, men and women competitors are preparing for the third national parachute ski-ing championships -- a relatively new sport, which combines the skills of parachute jumping and ski-ing.
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SPORT: PARACHUTE SKI-ING
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Background: In the United States, men and women competitors are preparing for the third national parachute ski-ing championships -- a relatively new sport, which combines the skills of parachute jumping and ski-ing. The championships are being held over two days on March 15 and 16 at Sun Valley, Idaho.
SYNOPSIS: The high mountains and abundant snow of the resort offer ideal conditions for the para-ski championships. The new sport requires a high degree of accuracy as well as the ability to parachute and ski. The contestants will be aiming at a tiny 8 centimetres (3 1/2 inches) target in the parachute jump part of the championships. They will be penalised for each centimetre (two-fifths of an inch) they land away from the mark. Here, defending women's champion Jessie Farrington and her husband Jeff use their hands and legs for directional control to get them as close as possible to the target.
After two jumps from 3,000 feet (1,000 metres) competitors will make two timed slalom ski runs. The parachuting and ski-ring scores are combined to determine the overall winner.
The shock of landing from the parachute jump is equivalent to leaping from a six-foot (two metre) ladder. About 60 men and women parachute skiers will be competing for the championship purse of $5000 (about GBP3,100 sterling).