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'No slow motion needed' on tame Pyeongchang downhill course

No super-steep gradients, no rock-hard ice, no death-defying speeds.

It's not what Christof Innerhofer had in mind for the downhill course for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. The Italian skier prefers only the toughest challenges and the Jeongseon piste — the first downhill developed in South Korea — is much tamer than what World Cup racers are accustomed to.

"Downhill is (called) downhill because you must go 130-160kph (80-100mph). When you see the speed and you see 96 kph (60 mph) a lot of people will say, 'What is this for downhill? I can do this, too.' This is a little bit sad."

"They don't need slow motion here," added Innerhofer,...

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