Behold the downhill racer, the fearless daredevil oblivious to the dangers of skiing 80, if not 90, miles an hour. ...
Scott Macartney, a two-time Olympian, laughed when he was asked what it took to be a downhill racer. “Well, first they gather together all the extremely talented skiers,” he said. “Then they take the dumb ones and make them downhillers.”
But the Swiss ski champion Didier Cuche disagreed. “I am a downhiller,” he said. “That doesn’t mean I’m stupid. It means I’m crazy.”
--Bill Pennington, NYT, on the hazards of downhill ski racing