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       Curious Things That You Probably Didn't Know about Skiing

Think you know everything there is to know about skiing?  Well think again! Here are a number of facts you probably didn't know:

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                     Origin of the word Ski

The word “ski” comes from the Old Norse word skíð, which means a piece of wood.

And ancient carvings unearthed by archeologists in Norway suggest the locals started skiing many thousands of years ago, with one rock drawing thought to date from 4000BC.

Modern skiing also owes a big debt to Sondre Norheim from Telemark, in Norway, who invented Telemark bindings, letting skiers jump and turn, in the 1800s.

     The First Snowboard was called a Snurfer

Sherman Poppen, an engineer from Michigan, made the first snowboard for his daughter by binding two skis together to create a sort of skateboard without wheels. Poppen originally created the device on Christmas Day in 1965.  His wife, Nancy, named the invention, a “snurfer”, noting that the board allowed the rider to surf on snow.

The Snurfer’s popularity quickly spread beyond the inventor’s backyard, attracting the attention of the Brunswick Corporation, a sports equipment manufacturer, which licensed the Snurfer and began producing and distributing it nationwide  About a million “snurfers”, which were steered with a handheld rope and had no bindings, were sold over the next 10 years.

                  Snowboarding only became an

                          Olympic Sport in 1998

Cross-country skiing has been part of the Winter Olympics every year since the competition began, in 1924.

But, Alpine (or downhill) skiing only became an Olympic sport in 1936, despite the first recorded downhill race taking place decades earlier, in Sweden, in 1879.

And the relatively new sport of snowboarding made its Olympic debut when the games were held in Nagano, Japan in 1998

         Sherlock Holmes' creator brought

                     skiing to Switzerland

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is reportedly responsible for bringing skiing to Switzerland. He headed to Davos for the first time in 1893 where he imported skis from Norway, and kept going year after year until he created what he called ”ski-running”.  At this time, nobody was skiing in Switzerland and Doyle was one of the first persons known to have skied outside Scandinavia. He even predicted the ‘ski season’, writing in the Strand Magazine which published his Sherlock Holmes stories, “the time will come when hundreds of Englishmen will come to Switzerland for a skiing season”.




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