Original series follows three skiers from the French women's speed team racing in downhill and Super-G races and is free to watch without subscription.
Ever wondered what really goes on behind the scenes of a team training and competing in the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup?
The series, which takes its title from the nickname ("White Circus") given to the World Cup circuit by racers, launches today, with episode 1 now available to watch for free and without subscription on OlympicChannel.com and Olympic Channel apps.
Amid the difficulty and uncertainty of the effects of the global health situation on the sporting calendar, the documentary series will follow the highs and lows of the French women's speed (downhill and Super-G) team, which is looking for its first alpine skiing World Cup podium since 2013.
Cirque Blanc will follow the team and protagonists Romane Miradoli, Tiffany Gauthier, and Tessa Worley across four episodes, each premiering monthly.
Miradoli was the French downhill national champion in 2018 and 2019 and Gauthier her predecessor from 2017, and both are speed specialists – Miradoli also has two Super-G national titles to her name.
"I can't wait to show people what life is really like behind the scenes of elite skiing. We live pretty extraordinary lives – we're lucky to live our passion. We know that skiing this fast brings risks, but we also know why we do it – for the adrenaline," Miradoli said.
Those risks, unfortunately, came true for Miradoli, who suffered a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament injury in the giant slalom at Courchevel the week before the first speed race of the season.
Worley, meanwhile, is the most established World Cup skier of the trio.
The Australian-French skier, who claimed the 30th individual World Cup podium of her career earlier this week with a giant slalom third place in Courchevel, is a giant slalom specialist but also races in Super-G, in which she won the 2018 and 2019 national titles.
While all her 13 World Cup race victories have come in the technical giant slalom, she does also have 10 career top-10 finishes in Super-G on the circuit and hopes to add to that total.
The first episode is titled A Unique Alpine Ski Season Begins, and is released today.
It follows Miradoli, Gauthier, and Worley from their homes in the Annecy prefecture to their preparations for the season-opening speed races in Val d'Isère, France.
Although the speed season was originally due to open with a pair of Super-G races in St Moritz, Switzerland, they were cancelled due to heavy snow and high wind. Ahead of this weekend's races, the skiers share their thoughts about this challenging and unique season in the episode.
Future episodes will centre around a pair of downhill races in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, in January; the Cortina d'Ampezzo World Championships in February; and a look back on their season and a look ahead to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics in March.
The series is available with subtitles in one of 12 languages by selecting the "subtitles" button found on the lower right of the episode videos. Subtitles are available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
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