Alpine Slalom Skiing

By: Allison Pitala

The History of Skiing

Skiing changed from a method of transportation into a sporting activity during the late 19th century. The first non-military skiing competitions are reported to have been held in the 1840s in Norway. The first national skiing competition in Norway, in 1868, is regarded as the beginning of a new era of skiing enthusiasm. A few decades later, the sport spread to the remainder of Europe and to the US, where miners held skiing competitions to entertain themselves during the winter. The first slalom competition was organised by Sir Arnold Lunn in 1922, in Switzerland. Slalom is an alpine skiing sport, involving skiing between poles or gates. These are spaced more closely than those in giant slalom and downhill, and the skier accelerates quicker and has shorter turns. Men’s and women’s alpine skiing both debuted on the Olympic Games in 1936, and some well known Olympics athletes who competed for this sport are Phil Mahre, Nolan Kasper, Mikaela Shriffin, Barbara Cochran, and Gretchen Fraser.

What do I Need to Know?

In this article, you will find out more about this sport, and how it has changed and improved over time. You will also find out how the statistics of men's alpine slalom skiing compares to the statistics of women's alpine slalom skiing.

Who's Improving the Most?

Have you ever wondered about how men's slalom skiing compares to women's slalom skiing in the Olympics? Who's skill level is increasing, and who's is decreasing? Do men and women ever have the same skill level? Well, keep reading and you will find out the answers to those questions, and the math behind them.
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Scatter Plot Graph

Then, I converted the chart into a scatter plot graph. The pink squares represents women, and the blue X's represents men.
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Lines of Best Fit

Each line of best fit represents the average (data points/trend) for the men and women gold medalist times. Red represents the women's line of best fit and blue represents the men's line of best fit.
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