The blue riband event – the men’s downhill – is on Sunday, with the ladies’ downhill on Wednesday 12th.
I’ve never been brave enough to race pure downhill – it takes a special kind of person to do that, but I’ve done timed slalom a couple of times and some ‘parallel slalom’, which was great fun. I see they’ve introduced parallel slalom snowboard races into the Winter Olympics schedule, so I’ll be sure to watch that!
I’m in the process of writing Episode 3 of the ‘White Cairns’ series, and it features some parallel slalom races, and is set around the time of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. So no doubt I’ll get some ideas and inspiration from watching the Sochi events. Can’t wait!