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Olympians Rely on Standards for Safety in Alpine Skiing Events
Alpine skiing events will be a highlight for many viewers at the 2010 Winter
Olympics in Vancouver. With downhill, slalom, giant slalom, super G, and super
combined competitions taking place from February 13-27, recreational skiers
will have a blast watching their professional counterparts take to the slopes.
Thanks to standards, Olympians and casual athletes alike can enjoy the trill of
cruising down the mountain with confidence.
High-quality equipment is critical for the safety and performance of skiers.
Several standards by ASTM
International, a member and audited designator of the
American National Standards Institute (ANSI), provide guidelines for
skis, boots, bindings, and more:
Standard Practice for Functional Inspections and Adjustments of Alpine
Standard Test Method for Determining Mass and Moment of Inertia of Alpine Skis
Standard Specification for Ski Binding Test Devices
Ski equipment used by recreational athletes in rental facilities is also
addressed by ASTM, in
ASTM F1064-07, Standard Practice for Sampling and Inspection of
Complete and Incomplete Alpine Ski/Binding/Boot Systems in Rental Applications.
These guidelines help to assure the safety of skiing gear that is rented from a
ski lodge, sports shop, or similar facility.
Whether leisurely or professional, skiing requires special goggles and shields
to protect the face.
ASTM F659-06, Standard Specification for Skier Goggles and
Faceshields, guides equipment that protects skiers against foreign
objects that could strike the eye, causing irritation or damage. The standard
also offers guidelines that minimize fogging and vision restrictions that
distract or handicap the skier and could cause accidents.
As fans worldwide tune in this week to watch their favorite athletes hit the
slopes, standards are in place to enhance performance and provide protection
during the 2010 Winter Olympics.
To learn more about Alpine skiing events in the 2010 Winter Olympics, visit the
2010 Vancouver Olympics website.