The event was held between 18th and 22nd February, 1992.
At the 1992 Winter Olympics, Speed Skiing was going to be presented for the first (and last) time as a demonstration event. The venue was Les Arcs, about 60km from Albertville, on a course with a potential that had been calculated at 230km/h...
Going Faster - Speed Skiing at Albertville 1992
Speed skiing was a demonstration sport at the 1992 Winter Olympics. Michael Prufer and Tarja Mulari won the events.
Gold at Les Arcs
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From a sporting point of view, despite unfavourable weather conditions during the first period, the result was highly positive. It was proof that this event could be staged while respecting the security norms for the athletes and the spectators and remaining a spectacular and high quality event for the media.
In World Cup competitions, it was stipulated that the event would be stopped if at any moment the world record was officially broken. As this was the Olympic Games, and out of respect of the spectators, the regulations were changed.
Outside the competitions, a fatal accident happened on Saturday, 22 February, the day of the final. That morning, on a run open to the public and outside the Olympic sporting venue, Swiss skier Nicholas Bochatay was killed while making his way to the start area. Skiing down beside a ski lift, he did not see a snow cat below him, and they met in a head-on collision.
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