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Coaching Alpine Skiing Quiz

Coaching Special Olympics athletes is rewarding and makes use of the experience and knowledge coaches already have. In all sports, there are special rules and adaptions that make participation fairer, safer and more competitive for athletes of all abilities. The quiz below highlights aspects of Special Olympics Alpine Skiing that coaches and officials should know about. Test your knowledge!

1) All Special Olympics Alpine Skiing coaches must strive:

  • To develop personal skiing skills
  • To develop knowledge of ski racing
  • To develop an understanding of Special Olympics Article 1
  • To develop an understanding of Alpine divisioning
  • To develop an understanding of FIS rules for Alpine Skiing
  • To develop an understanding of Special Olympics rules for Alpine Skiing
  • All of the above
  • None of the above
2) The two most important principles of dressing for skiing are:

  • To maintain body heat and be as aerodynamic as possible
  • To keep dry and wear colors that are easily seen
  • To maintain body heat and keep dry
3) A helmet appropriate for Alpine ski racing is required on all athletes and coaches during official Special Olympics training and competition.

  • True
  • False
4) Before any Alpine Skiing practice or competition, it is necessary to begin with a warm up.

  • True
  • False
5) It is advised that coaches use ____________ words as possible when working with athletes.

  • As many
  • As few
6) Once an athlete can link turns on easy terrain (controlling speed and turn radius), he or she may be able to compete in the ________.

  • Super-G
  • Slalom
  • Super Glide
  • Giant Slalom
7) The following is not a teaching point of controlled linked turns on a novice course:

  • Athlete can make rounded turns in both directions
  • Athlete can maintain control while turning in a variety of snow conditions
  • Athlete can quickly pick up speed while turning
  • Athlete can understand moving between gates from red to blue
8) If an athlete is observed leaning back when turning, he or she may _________.

  • Have boots that are too stiff
  • Need to ankle flex
  • Have boots that are the wrong size
  • All of the above
9) A ski resort is selected for the site of a Special Olympics competition based on:

  • The number of chair lifts it has
  • Suitable terrain that would ideally allow all four ability levels of competition to run in close proximity
  • Whether or not the course has natural or man-made snow
10) The ideal Alpine venue would include:

  • A location for athletes and volunteers to register for the event
  • A location for athletes and volunteers to get ski ready
  • A location for athletes and volunteers to eat meals
  • Indoor restroom facilities at the base of race courses
  • All of the above
11) Coaches, volunteers and venue partners are advised to review ___________________ for information about Alpine Skiing venue selection and competition management:

  • Special Olympics Article 1
  • SO Alpine rules of competition
  • FIS Rules of competition
  • SO Alpine Divisioning
  • All of the above
12) During Special Olympics Alpine skiing competitions, when is it appropriate to change rules to suit athletes’ special needs?

  • When athletes request rule modifications
  • When competitions are running long
  • When athletes appear to be struggling with the demands of the course
  • None of the above
13) It is recommended that athletes be divisioned in each discipline held at a competition. However, if time constraints don’t allow for this, it is recommended that athletes be divisioned in ________.

  • Super-G
  • Giant Slalom
  • Slalom
  • Super Glide
14) _________________ must be worn during course inspection and competition so that athletes can be easily identified. 

  • Bib numbers
  • Name tags
  • Team warm-up jackets
15) The proper way to inspect a race course is not: 

  • At race speed
  • Using a slide slip
  • Using a slow snow plow
16) During course inspection, the coach:

  • Goes behind the athletes
  • Goes first and the athletes follow him/her
  • Allows the athletes to inspect the course independently while he/she waits at the bottom of the course
17) Immediately prior to competition, coaches should help athletes: 

  • Clear snow off skis
  • Tighten and adjust boots
  • Make sure helmets are on properly
  • All of the above
  • None of the above
18) It is the coach and athlete’s responsibility that the athlete arrives in the starting gate of their competition venue on time.

  • True
  • False
19) Shin, face and hand guard protection are allowed for the _________ competition only.

  • Super-G
  • Slalom
  • Super Glide
  • Giant Slalom
20) The red line drawn in the finish area of advanced courses is a signal for athletes to:

  • Celebrate
  • Remove their helmets and skis
  • Slow down and come to a stop
  • Pause for a picture
21) The “Two Minute Rule” states that:

  • If a competitor moves out the general direction of the line of the course, he or she has two minutes from the time of the deviation to re-enter the course.
  • A competitor has two minutes from the release of the start command to enter the course. Competitors have a maximum of two minutes to complete the Super-G, Slalom and Giant Slalom courses.
22) How many timed runs per competitor determine the results for awards in Slalom and Giant Slalom competitions? 

  • One
  • Two
  • Three
  • Four
23) Competition organizers may vary the degree of difficulty of Super-G courses dependent upon the ability levels of competing racers. 

  • True
  • False
24) One training run prior to Super-G competition is a highly-recommended option for competitors:

  • True: the Super-G training run is a highly-recommended option for competitors
  • False: the Super-G training run is a requirement for all competitors
  • False: no training runs are allowed prior to Super-G competition
25) During the Glide Event, competitors may elect to use or not use ski poles.

  • True
  • False

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