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Ski instructors could not compete at the first Alpine Skiing event in 1936. Ski instructors are considered professionals, and at that time the Olympics were meant for amateurs.
The shortest alpine event is the Slalom, but skiers have to make their way through the most gates so it requires the most technical skill.
Two different poles are used for Alpine Skiing: a curved one for downhill events to minimize air resistance and a long, straight one in slalom events to help skiers knock the poles out of their way.
In the downhill event, skiers can reach speeds over 130 kilometres/h — that's faster that the speed limit on a regular Canadian highway!
Canada has won 11 medals since Alpine Skiing debuted at the Olympics in 1936 — eight won by women and three by men.