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SkiingThe oldest known artifact representing a ski is believed to be over 4500 years old. This short and wide ski was found in Sweden and was used for work and transportation. Cave and rock drawings suggest that skis were in use long before that time as well. Commonly used in the Northern Russian and Scandinavian countries, the first skiis were probably tools of hunters and travelers. Thus the ancient world of skiing was not focused on speed, but on the practical need to keep below the snow while traveling and going about business.

Skiing did not become a sport until sometime in the 1700s. The people living in the Telemark area of Norway are generally credited for this development, because they invented the Telemark and the Christina (now called the Christie), turns meant to controls speed in an artful manner while cruising downhill descents. They also jumped in their skiing. Disciplines in both alipine and Nordic skiing thus originated with the early Norway pioneers.

In fact, the distinction between different skiing disciplines was not made centuries ago. All skiing was paerformed with skiis that had boots mounted to the skis only at the toe, giving the heel freedom of vertical motion (as the modern day Nordic ski).

Skiing steadily grew in popularity during the early 1900s, as the Europeans began to take part in the Norwegian winter pastime. In the first Winter Olympic Games (1924 Games in Chamonix), skiing was one of the few sports that were conducted.

Today skiing equipment is made for speed and safety. Lightweight and slim models are the most popular. While we no longer need the use of skiis to transport our earthly goods during the winter, they still come in handy for winter recreation!


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