Coaching Alpine Skiing Quiz

Coaches, this quiz will help you test your knowledge of Special Olympics Alpine Skiing.

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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