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Last Updated: Thursday July 05 2007 13:19 GMT

Alpine skiing

Janica Kostelic

Perhaps the most famous events of the Winter Olympics come in the alpine skiing, with the downhill and slalom events.

Downhill basically involves getting from the top of a mountain to the bottom as quickly as possibly, while getting round a series of fairly well spaced out gates.

Slalom is a little different as the gates are much closer together, testing the skiers' ability to twist and turn at pace.

There is also a slalom on a much longer course called a Giant Slalom and an even longer event called the Super G - or Super Giant Slalom.

There is another event that combines the two, imaginatively called the combined event, with skiers doing one downhill run and two slaloms.

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