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Re: Risk Assessment
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I agree with RA and Harry. If there is no development there would no be progress. First time when I saw what Harry did I said that everything what Harry is doing is outside the rules. But maybe Harry was the first skier who realizes that the speed skiing can be like F1 that there is so much to do in aerodynamic parts and also in safety things. I know Harry and he didnít care about the rules or safety but what he was always thinking how to go faster and how to develop better aerodynamic equipments.

If all the race organization will do the same excellent work as the organization in Sun Peaks Canada is doing we could stop worry about the safety at the outside and the inside of the course. First thing is that it takes a lat of money to build the same kind of nets in Les Arcs as they have in Canada. I donít know is there have to be the same kind of nets in Les Arcs as they have in Canada because there is enough snow to build the small snow walls that when the skier will crash it will stay inside the course. They have the snow walls in a breaking area in Hundfjšllet. The snow walls should be in a same place where the net is normally in Les Arcs. At the moment the nets in Les Arcs are only keeping the tourist outside the course but not the skiers inside. I believe that the snow walls will keep the skiers inside the course and if we but those nets on the top of the snow wall it will keep the tourist also outside the course. I know that it will be little bit more costs to make the race but lets make the question for the organization in Les Arcs, VerbierÖ How much it cost to make the snow walls around the course?

There have to be progress to stick out the media interest. When we stick out the media interest then we get the sponsors. Like 10 years ago they make exploratory of marketing in ski jumping. They didnít change really much the rules but they change totally how they broadcast the ski jump in TV. Three years ago ski jumping has bigger TV audience in Germany then in Football bundesliga had. Miracles can happen.

And I agree with Jukka so free beer to me also

Posted on: 2007/7/27 11:27


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Hello all the speed skiers.

I have read with the big interest the discussion of the new helmet design. I think everybody agrees that we have to change the rules of the helmet. But what are the main issues?

Team Finland opinion is that 40cm rule is old and it should be compensate with a new rule. If we will have a rule that we have to wear FIS race integrate downhill helmets as an inner helmets. This is not a bad thing at all. But there will be big problems to adapt the helmet whit the 40cm rule. Like I am 190Cm and 105Kg and the circumference of my head is 62 cm. For the girls or the smaller people this rule is not a problem. But for all the big skiers this is a major problem. I can guarantee that the skiers who are 165cm and 59kg and the circumference of the heads are 54 cm this 40 cm rule is a huge benefit. I remember when I was racing I had always problems to fit my helmet and we didnít even have any inner helmets.

So my proposal is that we should measure the size of the helmet by the length of the skier. If the skier is under 160Cm. Helmet has to fit through the 40 cm circle in every position. If the skier is over 160cm and under 180cm the helmet have to fit 45 cm circle in every position. If the skier is over 180cm helmet have to fit 50cm circle in every position. All the helmets have to wear two o-rings to buckle the helmet. Not any safety buckles. Aerodynamic part is connected to inner helmet by Nylon screws witch will fall a part when accident happens. They are not wearing any face protectors in downhill skiing, so why shoud us?

Back protector has to be exactly same kind of what they are using in downhill skiing. We should use the same rule as they are using in FIS Downhill competition. Not any more those ridiculous home made back protectors.


I believe that quite many skiers have a problem to find the helmet where you can fit the downhill helmet in. But if we have these changes of the rules as soon as possible I believe that all the skiers have enough time to build a new helmet with the help of Nigel or Beat or any other Pro helmet builder. By these old rules concerning helmets it is totally impossible to but the downhill helmet inside the speed skiing helmet. I know that skiers donít like that the rules are changed every now and then but the last dramatic accidents should not happen again.

I also believe that the helmet and back protector are only beginning what we should fix. We should also concentrate the safety issues inside and outside of the speed courses.

My personal opinion is that the safety issues are always number one. So I hope that the persons who are making these new rules should make these rules such as equal for all the athletics and we donít see in coming seasons some ridiculous tunings.

I hope that all the skiers will give them opinion what kind of rules we should have in a future. Now is the time to talk not wait. For the better future of the speed skiing, we need more talking and twice as much decisions and three times more action. Simple rules for the simple people ;)

Ville Auvinen

Head Coach of the Speedskiing Team Finland

Posted on: 2007/7/20 12:20



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