Alpine Skiing Competition of the Winter Olympics

Alpine Skiing Competition of the Winter Olympics Maximum Cards

Stock #: 430024
Type: Postcard
Era: Continental Chrome
Publisher: The Maximum Card Collection
Postmark: 1984 Jan-6
PM City: Lake Placid
PM State: NY
Stamp: 20c
Size: 4" x 5.75" (10.25 x 15 cm)

Additional Details:
The alpine skiing competition of the Winter Olympics consists of three different events - slalom, giant slalom and downhill. Of these events, downhill is ultimately the most dangerous and exciting. In contrast to the slalom events - where athletes must ski at more moderate speeds in order to maneuver through obstacles - there are no obstacles which must be avoided during the downhill race. As a result, the average racing speed of a downhill skier is usually over fifty miles per hour, with top speeds approaching one hundred miles per hour. Because of the break-neck speeds involved in this event, downhill skiing is perhaps the most dangerous of all events in the Winter Olympics Games. This hazardous event joined the Winter Olympics in 1948 when the Olympics were held in the Swiss Alps surrounding St. Moritz, Switzerland. To honor this world-class sports event which will soon take place at the 1984 Winter Olympics, the United States Postal Service issued the stamp that is featured on the front of this Maximum Card