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This is a big debate surrounding the ski slopes at Whistler where the 2010 Winter Olympic games will kick off in about a month. It is a fairly common practice evidently in competitive skiing events to use water injection. Using this method, water is injected via a tiny nozzle one to two feet below the snow level and freezes. The idea is that it creates a skiing surface that is better able to withstand repetitive skiing over the same area and less than ideal weather conditions. The down side is that many skiers dislike skiing on the water injected surfaces which have been compared to skiing on “pond ice” according to U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn. Vonn evidently suffered injuries after falling on a slalom course which caused her to have to use a sling on her arm.

It is anticipated that the Olympic ski courses, at least those used by the men’s events, may well use the water injection method.

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