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Ski cross racers self-police loose clothing, as some competitors try to tighten up

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Poster: A snowHead
The radical alternative to conventional ski racing - head-to-head 'ski cross' and 'snowboard cross' - has its own clothing aesthetic based on regular recreational skiwear. It's considered a cultural convention of the event. But the raised profile and increasingly lucrative fight for victories is inducing some racers to wear tighter more aerodynamic clothing. Feathers are starting to fly.

This report from The New York Times.

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When peer pressure and mocking do not work, the fashion police monitoring ski cross and snowboard cross at the Winter X Games can resort to more hands-on measures: pinching the fabric on an athlete’s pants between boot and midthigh should produce at least eight centimeters of play — roughly the length of a credit card. If not, well, the rules are not fixed.


How would you like your thighs pinched at the start of a ski race?


Last edited by Poster: A snowHead on Thu 28-01-10 9:23; edited 1 time in total
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P.S. Other news from the world of ski-cross: Daron Rahlves, veteran racer on the World Cup circuit, has switched to ski cross for his fourth Olympics.

This report from DenverPost.com
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Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Ernst Goldsmith wrote:
P.S. Other news from the world of ski-cross: Daron Rahlves, veteran racer on the World Cup circuit, has switched to ski cross for his fourth Olympics.

This report from DenverPost.com


Thats not news, thats history Smile
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The same happened in downhill mountain biking. The people that didn't fancy looking like ladies' front bottoms wearing skinsuits started to get a bit grumpy about people beating them in skinsuits. Skinsuits were banned and it's all evened up and now people don't look like idiots. Everyone's a winner. People also started taking peaks off their helmets but that disappeared by itself.
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Isn't this all a bit pathetic?
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Lizzard, not really. If snow sports are trying to connect with der Yoof, or even old gits like me, having them wear things that are not sprayed on lycra does keep alive the idea that we are all engaged in roughly the same activity.

A bit like how touring car/rally cars are easier to relate to than F1 - even if the only bit that is actually from the same parts bin as your own car is the badge on the boot.
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Having been a pro mountainbiker in my past I can see a distinct distancing of the sport from a potential bike buying customer, lycra is not a good look ever! Give me some casuals & I'm more than happy.
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Lizzard wrote:
Isn't this all a bit pathetic?


Not really - you've written six words, and I wouldn't be ashamed of most of them.
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