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What's "compression" in a course design?

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During a Universal broadcast of downhill race, I heard the commentators say the "compression" part of a course. What's a "compression" in a course design?

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I've always thought it was an upswoop in the terrain?
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A compression occurs where the gradient changes quickly from steep to flat. When travelling at high speed through this zone a skier will feel extremely "heavy" and that the forces are compressing them into the ground.
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