BEAVER CREEK, Colorado (AP) Skiing's top official says he is optimistic China can host the 2022 Winter Olympics even if the venues get little snow.
International Ski Federation President Gian Franco Kasper says "we are quite confident" if Beijing becomes the first city to host Summer and Winter Games.
Kasper says "the only question we still have is the snow."
Ten alpine skiing medals will be awarded in Sochi - five men's and five women's - as has been the case since 1988. The sport was introduced to the Olympics in 1936 and has been practiced in the European Alps for at least 150 years with its earliest competitive origins are in Norway. In five different timed events, skiers maneuver through gated courses. See what differentiates each event, what standard equipment is used, track the sport's Olympic history and its most decorated athletes, and check out the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center that will be used for all alpine skiing events in Sochi.