RACERS AGAINST NEW RULES

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by Paul Maraschiello

More than 500 competitors object to new alpine equipment rules for giant slalom, with 80% signing a petition to protest the changes!

People will be able to purchase better skis at any ski shop than we can race on in the World Cup, quipped Bodie Miller. He said if the new rules go into effect, that he would quit skiing in a statement that aired on TV last night . He said that the FIS was ruining the sport. "It's going backwards every time they do a regulation."

These new specifications were proposed following extensive research and prototype testing conducted in cooperation with SRS, and confirmed by the FIS Council in July 2011. Giant slalom where skis will need a minimum radius of 35 meters, eight more than the current limit.

The meeting participants jointly agreed that the goal of the entire equipment review process is to only implement new rules that are scientifically proven to enhance athlete safety and reduce risk of injury. Conducted in a highly cooperative spirit, the participants agreed to precise the specifications for the radius of the giant slalom skis for both men and ladies. The revised specifications entail a minimum radius of 35 meters for the men's giant slalom skis and 30 meters for the ladies' giant slalom skis.

FIS and SRS confirmed that the new specifications will apply at World Cup and European Cup levels from the 2012/13 season onwards, as already communicated. For all other racing levels, i.e. other Continental Cup series (Nor-Am, Far East), FIS level races and the FIS Junior World Ski Championships, the new rules will apply from the 2013/14 Northern hemisphere season onwards, for the Southern hemisphere beginning with the summer of 2014.

Finally, it was also agreed that the new rules for downhill and super-G skis will be implemented as already communicated. However there will be a further review by FIS of the final time-line for implementation of the new maximum 45mm standing height rule (ski/plates/binding).



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