With skiers hitting speeds upwards of 80 miles per hour on the downhill track at Sochi, just watching it on TV can result in sweaty palms.
American Bode Miller, who finished eighth in Sunday’s men’s downhill, said the course is so fast, it could be deadly. Ice on the track has made it even more dangerous, with 10 skiers crashing during Saturday’s practice run.
But what does it look like when you’re going down the track? Is it really as insane as it looks? Yes, and BBC reporter Graham Bell has the video to prove it.
And this isn’t just some guy going out for a leisurely cruise down the mountain.
Bell, a five-time Olympian, takes the course in an aggressive manner and unofficially, his time was just a hair over two minutes (based on the time stamps on the video), which was on pace with the Olympians who competed.
As he heads down the track with camera in hand (money for a GoPro apparently isn’t in the BBC’s Olympic coverage budget), Bell struggles to hit the turns.
“That is really rough and bumpy,” Bell says on the way down. “… ah … ahh … my legs are burning up. We still have those two biggest jumps on the course to come.”