Italy had its first taste of world-class hot-dog skiing over the weekend when the regional preliminary round for the world hot-dog championship was held at Ortisei - Val Gardena near the Austrian border.
GM PAN Ortisei
GV Skier Somersaults off ramp (2 shots)
GV No 1 jumps off ramp
GV Noll does one spin off ramp
SV&GV No 43 somersaults off ramp (2 shots)
GV Skier somersaults and loses skis and falls
GV PAN No 43 with twisting somersault
GV No 16 in ballet event
SV Skier rolls down slope and continues ballet to crash at bottom
SV No 21 performs ballet movements
GV No 43 performing ballet movements.
Initials ET/2221 ET/2242
SPORT: HOT DOG SKIING
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: Italy had its first taste of world-class hot-dog skiing over the weekend when the regional preliminary round for the world hot-dog championship was held at Ortisei - Val Gardena near the Austrian border.
Skiers from all over Europe and the U.S.A. flipped, rolled, somersaulted and pirouetted their way down the slopes heading for the $15,000 (about 6,500 sterling) prize money at the final of the championship in Cervinia, italy in April.
Last weekend's contest was the fourth in a series of five regional preliminaries.
The acrobatic event -- where the skier somersaults and twists in mid-air off a small ski jump -- was won by Henri Authier of France. He won the first Swiss regional preliminary in January.
In the ballet event -- where the skiers pirouette, jump and even do forward rolls in time to recorded music -- West German Ernst Garhammer headed off fellow-countryman Peter Lindecke to take first place.
The first ten in each section qualify for a place in the national finals to be held in March.
In hot-dogging the skiers use shortened, specially strengthened skis as they think up and perform complicated and unusual manoeuvres on--and above -- the snow.