How Do Skiers Win Races?

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  • Published on Feb 10, 2018
  • Winning an alpine skiing race can come down to a tiny margin, so the skiers have to make sure they prepare their skis just right!
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    Sources:
    the-raceplace.com/pages/ski-wax-faqs
    spacemath.gsfc.nasa.gov/earth/88Mod11Prob1.pdf
    www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/what-are-snow-ratios/4786333
    fasterskier.com/fsarticle/swix-a-perfect-wax-for-every-condition/
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Comments • 399

  • Lu Cyy
    Lu Cyy 8 months ago +1

    How Do Skiers Win Races?" By getting to the finish line first

  • kangourouuu1
    kangourouuu1 10 months ago

    If wax is what makes the difference of a few hundreds of a second, why do we need different skiers? 'cause, well, I guess that at that point, they are pretty much the same as far as skills go (excepting them having a bad day). No need to "prove who's the best" if it breaks down to hardware and luck. Let's just make a machine run and the best engineers/staff/whatever, that choose the best gear according to the conditions, will get the gold medal.

  • Adrian Contreras
    Adrian Contreras 10 months ago

    Nice delivery in this video

  • Dominik Ebner
    Dominik Ebner 10 months ago

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  • Skyler Hanson
    Skyler Hanson 11 months ago

    In the competitive racing world like the Olympics and the world cup ski racing wax is only a small portion of this all. It depends even more on a skiers edges. A metal edge on the side of a skis base. This is used to carve into the ice and accelerate the skier faster than the base would because of even less friction. And bases aren't just a right and piece of metal. They can be sharpened down to a degree to affect what angle they carve the snow at.

  • Craig A Perman
    Craig A Perman 11 months ago

    As a skier, I always wonder how long the wax actually stays on the ski considering a lot of abrasion is going on between the snow and the ski bottom. .

  • Valdagast
    Valdagast 11 months ago

    I think the main way to win is to be faster than the others.

  • KnighteyKnight
    KnighteyKnight 11 months ago

    Skiers win races by praying that their wax techs are the best and / or luckiest then? Misleading title. This episode is about how wax helps skiers win races, and not at all how the skiers help themselves win... assuming skiers don’t typically wax their own skis.

  • tinkmarshino
    tinkmarshino 11 months ago +1

    and here I thought it was just the one that got down the hill fastest with the least amount of mistakes like keeping low and staying off your edges below the gate and things like that.. But what the heck do i know..

  • gerald lucas
    gerald lucas 11 months ago

    Automobile time sector rough possible museum search accident long whole.

  • Jin Ngee Chia
    Jin Ngee Chia 11 months ago

    Wait till you get into cycling. This idea of marginal gains is mind-boggling.

  • phillip kalaveras
    phillip kalaveras 11 months ago

    By going faster than the other skiers?

  • king james488
    king james488 11 months ago

    just make everyone use candle wax...

  • Kev O
    Kev O 11 months ago

    Inaccurate and gauge leaving multiple variables so overall false. Very UGLY host! Thumbs down even though I love ski racing! Best sport!!!

  • xXxPanicXx
    xXxPanicXx 11 months ago

    what happens if you never brush your teeth

  • Dennis Pinsy
    Dennis Pinsy 11 months ago

    A little disappointed at the oversimplification... cause you know that whole mass and gravity for downhillers and not to mention... aerodynamics...

  • Joe GamingX
    Joe GamingX 11 months ago

    How is this trending....

  • Mr. Nobody
    Mr. Nobody 11 months ago

    Easy. By going faster than the other guys.

  • Matt
    Matt 11 months ago

    More videos with Olivia, please.

  • Sourav Goswami
    Sourav Goswami 11 months ago

    I like Olivia's videos... Her voice is awesome, and she looks awesome 💙

  • JD
    JD 11 months ago

    wow

  • Lord Zev
    Lord Zev 11 months ago +1

    I can't believe someone asked this question...I also can't believe they were able to make this sound scientific.

  • sent4dc
    sent4dc 11 months ago

    How is it even a sport when the outcome depends on the kind of a wax you used? And then what -- how much the guy ate that morning to make him heavier or whether or not he took a frank before the event? And I forgot, is this the one where they have those judges that score it from 1 to 10?

  • boomshizzIe
    boomshizzIe 11 months ago

    water is not wet.

  • Borys Lelonkiewicz
    Borys Lelonkiewicz 11 months ago

    (Alpine) not (Alpain)

  • XPhaededX
    XPhaededX 11 months ago

    Neat.

  • verdatum
    verdatum 11 months ago

    Olivia has consistently done a fantastic job. Her contributions are the sort of thing that makes the Internet a better place.

    • j p
      j p 11 months ago

      No, she hasn't. You can tell by the comment sections. She consistently gets more complaints, and less views, than everyone else. Stop sucking up.

  • Nathan Gonzalez
    Nathan Gonzalez 11 months ago

    Great episode! Olivia, I have noticed more variation in the tone of your speech. It's a small detail but has such a great impact on the delivery on the dialogue. Keep up the good work!

  • Double A Animations
    Double A Animations 11 months ago

    The answer is by watching my video

  • Evan
    Evan 11 months ago

    Why is there a woman explaining this bruh tf?

    • Hannah Knight
      Hannah Knight 10 months ago

      Yeah. Her vocal chords are too delicate for her to speak continually for these videos. It's pretty tragic. She should really be tending to her children and dying from scarlet fever.

  • zachary paris
    zachary paris 11 months ago

    i wake up shitting wax. is that bad?

  • Logan Hall
    Logan Hall 11 months ago

    Possess balance elementary electrical territory governor joke herb six.

  • Amoriello Studio's
    Amoriello Studio's 11 months ago

    I can't ski . But I can try to get 1000 subscribers

  • E. Banger
    E. Banger 11 months ago

    Love the video on my sport! I've been racing for over 20 years and it was really neat to hear you explain the logic behind wax selection. I was very fortunate to have an amazing tech, Kris who always did the homework for me to ensure my skis were ready for the day's race. Sadly he passed away from skin cancer a few years ago. Truth is while the correct decision on wax selection can make or break a race - it's those dedicated techs, coaches, and trainers that get us across that finish line first ... but most importantly - my amazing parents who were up with me at the crack of dawn for over fifteen years getting me to and from the mountain nearly every day from the moment the snow fell to the last spring thaw. That's how I won races - and still do.

  • moe 425
    moe 425 11 months ago +1

    It's not just wax! The proper base structure is also very important. Different structures for different conditions.

  • A Tr
    A Tr 11 months ago

    Knives and willpower. If you do it right you can win naked and without skis.

  • Greg Fakerson
    Greg Fakerson 11 months ago

    yikes!! guys please this guest is disgusting, unkempt and undisciplined.
    i unsubscribed after her first airing, and i will dislike every video you have until you ceremonially fire her.

  • Maurits Spijker
    Maurits Spijker 11 months ago

    No hate just advise, but at the end of every sentence you sound like you're dying and say those words with your last breath. Pleade try to keep the collorfull and normal voice trough the last words of the sentence

  • Ryan Ellis
    Ryan Ellis 11 months ago

    This is such an interesting thing to learn.

  • Person Pierson
    Person Pierson 11 months ago

    As a ski racer, this was all stuff I already knew.

  • Jim E
    Jim E 11 months ago

    Not bad as a quick primer on flouro vs. hydrocarbon ski waxes. The main part you left out is electrostatic friction. Colder, drier snow creates static cling to the ski base as it slides over. You can see it when you pick up your ski and there are snow crystals sticking to your base. Waxes with graphite or molybdenum added are used to combat this effect and race ski bases are usually made with graphite in the base material (that's why they are black). Bill Johnson took advantage of this effect to win the 1984 Olympic DH in Sarajevo as he had the only pair of skis in the race with black electrographite bases.

  • Daniela Lopez
    Daniela Lopez 11 months ago

    She talk too much

  • IAmAgainst
    IAmAgainst 11 months ago

    I want to be able to brake, not to go faster.. that only takes not doing anything at all.

  • Nyar Lathotep
    Nyar Lathotep 11 months ago +3

    Seriously, it's not just the effing wax.

  • Colt_Fourty5
    Colt_Fourty5 11 months ago

    Ski raced for 8 years never heard the term “bobble”

  • knockdown10
    knockdown10 11 months ago

    i dont know why she reminds me of stewart from the big bang theory

  • Aarongrubbworm
    Aarongrubbworm 11 months ago

    Slide down hills fast

  • Magnimazing
    Magnimazing 11 months ago

    By being the best?

  • Stuart Patterson
    Stuart Patterson 11 months ago

    Your nerdiness is so cute.

  • Jamil Omi
    Jamil Omi 11 months ago

    what do you mean the wax leaks out and provides a slippery surface? as far as i know, the wax has more friction, which melts a thin layer of water under the skies and the skis glide over the water. tvclip.biz/video/7xiIeMBHfi8/video.html this vid explains it in detail