What are your thoughts about
downhill racing becoming an
It would be awesome! The Winter
Games have already embraced many
nontraditional Olympic events, like snow-boarding and half-pipe. The Summer
Games seem to be lagging behind.
Downhill would be a great step towards
helping the Summer Olympics appeal to
the younger generation.
How would downhill racing as a
sport be affected if it became an
Becoming an Olympic event gives
instant credibility and recognition to any
sport. That said, it also comes with a lot
of rules and regulations that downhillers
probably are not currently burdened with.
I think it would be a huge positive for the
sport of downhill and the athletes who
compete in it. ❏
Two-Time National Champion—Cross Country
Three-Time Olympic Cross-Country Racer
Todd raced in the Olympics in 2004,
2008 and 2012. He placed 19th,
43rd, and 10th. He’s not planning
on racing the Olympics this year.
Photo by Russell Finsterwald/courtesy of Scott