INTRODUCTION: The British elimination heats for the European Hotdog Skiing Championships were held in Scotland over the weekend in brilliant conditions.
INTRODUCTION: The British elimination heats for the European Hotdog Skiing Championships were held in Scotland over the weekend in brilliant conditions. Hotdog skiing ? It's known by its devotees as freestyle skiing. To others,it's a novel form of attempted self-destruction.
SYNOPSIS: The competition, held on Saturday (19 March), was led off by the American girl who is said to have invented the sport, Suzy Chaffee Appropriately enough, she wore Scottish national dress. The organisers of the event at Aviemore, the Scottish Ski Centre, said the snow was the best for years. That was Patsy Field, and now Sarah Ferguson.
Patsy Field again, somersaulting into second place.
Sarah Ferguson doing the same thing - the lard way - to win the Women's section.
Kenny Dickson. Some of the competitors felt the snow conditions made for rather slow going. At least it was soft -- an important requirement for this sort of sport as Dave Short found out.
Dave Short again, trying hard to bury himself.
Chris Newhouse with a difficult forward somersault - but it was George Mckay's full twist that took second place.
Peter Hankey, another competitor with style, flair and a possible death wish. But determination pays off and this effort won him first place in the men's section.
The final of the European Hotdog Championships will also be held at Aviemore on April the ninth. Nineteen competitors took part in Saturday's Elimination series, all of them professionals.