Aerodynamic drag is not the major determinant of performance during giant slalom skiing at the elite level

  title={Aerodynamic drag is not the major determinant of performance during giant slalom skiing at the elite level},
  author={Matej Supej and Lars S{\ae}tran and L. Oggiano and Gertjan J. C. Ettema and Nejc {\vS}arabon and Bojan Nemec and Hans-Christer Holmberg},
  journal={Scandinavian Journal of Medicine \& Science in Sports},
This investigation was designed to (a) develop an individualized mechanical model for measuring aerodynamic drag (Fd) while ski racing through multiple gates, (b) estimate energy dissipation (Ed) caused by Fd and compare this to the total energy loss (Et), and (c) investigate the relative contribution of Ed/Et to performance during giant slalom skiing (GS). Nine elite skiers were monitored in different positions and with different wind velocities in a wind tunnel, as well as during GS and… 

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