Super-G men Olympics 2018 Odds
Who wins men's super-G during winter olympics 2018?
Amongst the alpine sports, Super-G is somewhat of a newcomer. Even if lots of people are looking forward to this years Winter Olympic Games, taking places in 2018 in Yongpyong and Jeongseon in Pyeongchang in South Korea, it wasn't until 1988 when this sport become an Olympic event. But, what is Super-G? Sometimes it's also called super giant slalom. And just as the related alpine combination, it's a sort of variation of giant slalom and downhill.
Compared to slalom and giant slalom. It's another step towards higher speeds and gates even further apart. But unique to Super-G is the fact that the downhill part is performed more or less without preparation. The skiers only get one chance to perform a single review of the path. And this means that super giant slalom is a highly technical event since the demands of the skiers are huge due to the fact that they need to adjust as they go.
So Super-G is a quite unique combination of high speed, technical skill and stamina. And the name does, for obvious reasons, hint to speed. Traditionally, this sport has had a high degree of injuries. And much criticism has been raised due to the sport not adjusting and making the event more safe. During 2004, a new rule was added. The length of the skies was increased to 205 cm for men, and in 2014 the turning radius was increasd to 45 m. This was done in order to decrease the injuries that often occurred when sharp turns were performed in extremely high speeds.
Amongst spectators, Super-G is a true favorite. And Hermann Maier of Austria is, with his twenty four world cup wins, generally considered to be one of the all time greats. But the high demands, both materially and technically has made the sport extremely expensive. It's not all bad since spectators will be experiencing a very intense and unique sport. In turn, less newcomers have appeared due to increased costs. But even though the event hasn't been around for more than thirty years, it's now a given for every Winter Olympic game.