Dr. Sam Temple
15 April 2014
Olympic Dreams Happen Over a Lifetime
Prior proper planning prevents piss-poor performance. This statement, also known as the seven p’s, explains that without the
appropriate amount of training, anything in life, especially high-risk sports, will inevitably end in an undesirable outcome. This
assertion can be seen in instances where athletes who participate in extreme sports end up with a major fatality such as a broken
bone or nerve damage. One such instance happened recently at the 2014 Winter Olympics when a skier from Great Britain fell
unconscious during a training session. The article states that, “The 18 year-old . . .is understood to have remained unconscious for
several minutes after crashing on the left wall of the pipe before being carried from the course on a stretcher” (Hart 1). From this
example, one can begin to understand the dangers and perils associated with high-risk sports and the sudden, life-altering changes
they can have on the athletes. With this assertion in mind, the statement can be made that preparing for the skiing events during
the Winter Olympics demands the highest degree of proper training and execution because the sport can deliver life-threatening
outcomes to any participant.
Hart, Simon. “Winter Olympics 2014: Britain’s Rowan Cheshire in hospital after being knocked out in freestyle ski training.” The Telegraph 17 Feb. 2014: 1-3. Print.
Haupt, Angela. “Hannah Kearney on Prepping for the Olympics.” U.S. News 14 Jan. 2014: 1-4. Print.
Smorodinskaya, Anastassia. “Q&A: Talking Olympic nutrition with Team USA chef Allen Tran.” Sports Illustrated 31 Jan. 2014: 1-2. Print.
O’Neill, Devon. “Heli-Skiing Regulations to Take Flight?.” Ski Magazine 78 (): 1-20. Print.
Ružić, Lana, and Anton Tudor. “Risk-taking Behavior in Skiing Among Helmet Wearers and Nonwearers.” Wilderness & Environmental Medicine 22 (): 291-296. Print.
– http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1080603211002316 (protection) 5
Greve, Mark W., David J. Young, Andrew L. Goss, and Linda C. Degutis. “Skiing and Snowboarding Head Injuries in 2 Areas of the United States.” Wilderness & Environmental Medicine 20 (): 234-238. Print.
–http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1080603209701267 (percentage of fatality) 6
Fry, John. “Brain Trauma: Does the Sport Need to Change?.” International Skiing History Association 15 Jan. 2014: 1-2. Print.
–http://skiinghistory.org/news/brain-trauma-does-sport-need-change (ways to improve safety) 7
Lund, Morten, and Seth Masia. “A Short History of Skis.” International Skiing History Association : 1-6. Print.
– http://skiinghistory.org/history/short-history-skis-0 (history of skiing) 8
“Snowmaking & Grooming.” Snow Summit RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. . <http://www.snowsummit.com/ski/mountain-info/snowmaking-grooming/>.
–http://www.snowsummit.com/ski/mountain-info/snowmaking-grooming/ (fake snow versus real snow) 9
“Skiing vs Snowboarding.” Snowboarding Essentials. N.p., n.d. Web. . <http://www.snowboarding-essentials.com/info/guide/snowboarding/skiing.html>.
– http://www.snowboarding-essentials.com/info/guide/snowboarding/skiing.html (snowboarding versus skiing) 10
Anderson, Ken. “DANGER: The Thrill of Flight, the Agony of Misperception.” Ski Jumping USA (): 1-4. Print.
– http://www.skijumpingusa.com/index_htm_files/danger01.pdf (dangers of ski jumping) 11
Need for Speed
For this research paper, I wish to answer questions pertaining to the demographic and gender aspect of the high intensity
sport of skiing. I wish to look further into exactly who spends their free time skiing by looking into sources that give statistics about
the sport. By using this data, I want to come up with a reason why these people choose such a dangerous sport by looking at
different articles pertaining to this idea. The following are sources that will help to illustrate and answer these questions.