The Basics of Alpine Skiing Competitions

Keefe Gorman, currently a Merrill Lynch managing director, has built a reputation for being an outstanding financial advisor. He has been listed as a top-50 broker by Registered Representative Magazine, and Barron’s Magazine twice named him to its list of the “Top 100 Advisors.” When he’s not focusing on assisting clients at Merrill Lynch, Keefe Gorman enjoys competitive skiing and has raced on both the U.S. Pro Mogul Tour and the U.S. Pro Ski Tour.

Currently, Gorman participates in the Song Mountain Training Center and Race Club, which offers training in alpine skiing skills. In alpine skiing, racers follow a set path marked by sets of two tall poles to keep them away from obstacles. In downhill skiing competitions, racers wind around the poles while focusing on achieving the best time, reaching speeds of 80 miles per hour or higher.

In the slalom competition, skiers focus on showcasing their turning ability by maneuvering through narrow gates at speeds averaging 25 miles per hour. Some alpine skiing competitions also include giant slalom or “Super G” events, which test both downhill speed and slalom turning skills. Finally, freestyle alpine skiing competitions allow competitors to incorporate “hot-dogging” tricks into a downhill ski run.

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