Sunday, April 4, 2010

Arc to Arc

In the Alpine Ski Racing event, it is known to be faster for racers to make smaller arcs with their skis in the snow while going around the designated gates, making them have a tighter and more aggressive line to cover less of an area which means less time on the snow. This is ideal!

Instead of comparing times and speeds, you can guess which competitor may be faster by studying the arcs they left in the snow with their skis after each run of Giant Slalom, measuring them in degrees with a compass.
The average degrees of various competitors were recorded below.
Predict who was the fastest!

Bode Miller: 84 degrees
Ted Ligety: 87 degrees
Herman Mier: 81 degrees
Mario Matt: 90 degrees

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