Alpine skiing at the 2006 Winter Olympics – Men's super-G
at the XX Olympic Winter Games
Pictogram for alpine skiing
|Competitors||63 from 27 nations|
|Vertical||650 m (2,133 ft)|
|Top elevation||2,536 m (8,320 ft)|
|Base elevation||1,886 m (6,188 ft)|
In super-G competitions, skiers must navigate between gates at high speed, and the gates are further apart than in slalom and giant slalom competitions. As in the downhill, there is only one run of the super-G.
The defending World Cup and world champion in super-G was Bode Miller of the United States, Austria's Hermann Maier led the current season and won the Olympic gold medal in 1998; the defending Olympic champion was Kjetil André Aamodt of Norway.
Aamodt won the gold medal again, Maier took the silver, and the bronze medalist was Ambrosi Hoffmann of Switzerland; Miller did not finish. Through 2018, this is the only successful Olympic title defense in a men's alpine speed event. It was Aamodt's third victory in the Olympic super-G (1992, 2002, 2006) and eighth Olympic medal.
Held on the Kandahar Banchetta piste, the course started at an elevation of 2,536 m (8,320 ft) above sea level with a vertical drop of 650 m (2,133 ft) and a course length of 2.325 km (1.44 mi). Aamodt's winning time of 90.65 seconds yielded an average course speed of 92.333 km/h (57.4 mph), with an average vertical descent rate of 7.170 m/s (23.5 ft/s).
The race was started at 14:45 local time, (UTC+1). At the starting gate, the sky was mostly cloudy, the temperature was −6.5 °C (20 °F), and the snow condition was packed; the temperature at the finish was −0.5 °C (31 °F).
- "Alpine Skiing at the 2006 Turin Winter Games: Men's Super G". Sports Reference. Retrieved 2 April 2018.