World Cup Skiing-Women’s Slalom

November 26, 2006 | By Jed Jacobsohn | Creative

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Photographing skiing, is one of the few sports that requires you to be on the “field of play” in order to do your job. To get the required shots that show the skiers in a dynamic fashion, you are often placing yourself in a position to be in what is called the “fall line.” This literally means the line the skier would take if the edges of their skis are no longer in contact with the snow, causing gravity to take over. Today, while shooting the women’s slalom race, German skier Maria Riesch lost her edge and slid into where a half dozen photographers were shooting from.

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Luckily, both John Mabanglo with EPA, who was the closest other photographer to the crash and the skier Riesch were unharmed. Slalom skiing is the slowest of the alpine disciplines, so luckily there was time to react to her fall and dodge out of the way. All in a days work!

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