Zimbabwe`s pride Luke Steyn at the 2014 Winter Olympics currently underway in Sochi will participate in the Slalom and Giant Slalom events on Feb 19 and Feb 22 at the Khutor Alpine Center.
His events are as follows:
19 Feb 11:00am – Men’s Giant Slalom Run 1
14:30 – Men’s Giant Slalom Run 2
22 February – 16:45 Men’s Slalom Run 1
– 20:15 Men’s Slalom Run 2
In the slalom event, athletes are required to ski a course marked with flags and gates that are spaced much closer together than in the downhill event, giant slalom, or super giant slalom. In this competition, athletes must ski two courses, and the sum of their results makes up their total time. In the giant slalom, the gates are placed farther apart than in the slalom, but not as far apart as in the super-G. Men’s races have 56 to 70 gates, while ladies’ have 46 to 58. The result is the sum of the skier’s times on two different courses. Steyn faces competition from Marcel Hirscher of Austria and Ted Ligety of the U.S., who are among the top-ranked skiers in the world.
Steyn is currently ranked 2,962nd in slalom and 1,711th in giant slalom, according to his biography on the IOC’s website. In 2013 Steyn competed at Chamonix in France, New Zealand’s Coronet Peak and California’s Mammoth Mountain, where he finished sixth in the giant slalom. That was his highest position in 2013, according to the International Ski Federation. Steyn will compete in Sochi’s Rosa, which was developed by ski architect Bernhard Russi. He’ll be facing competition from the likes of Austria’s Hirscher, the No. 1-ranked overall male alpine skier, and Ligety of the U.S., ranked third in the giant slalom by the governing body. Although taking part in the events with great confidence and determination Steyn is not expecting medals at Sochi but is using the experience to hone his performance for future competitions.
From : Zimeye
By Eugene Majuru