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World Cup Alpine Race Timing

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
I heard an interesting comment at the Alpine World Championships last weekend about the split times in the women slalom. This individual said that the split times were manually triggered and to make Shiffrin's run more interesting to the public her split time were triggered late so that it would be more exciting to the public. I thought the splits were triggered electronically, but for the technical events I guess I don't really know. Anyone know the facts on how this is done?
post #2 of 7

Photocells for Intermediate Time:

There is no requirement to have a backup (System B) photocell for the intermediate time.

 

If you use photocells install them in close co-ordination with the Technical Delegate and/or the Race Jury.

 

To avoid the photocells (if used) being triggered by anyone other than the competitors, it is recommended that the person responsible for that intermediate timing point use a push-button to arm the photo cells only when a competitor crosses the line. 

 

From the FIS Timing Booklet Version 2.52.

 

The push-button "arms" the photocell, it does not "trigger" it.

post #3 of 7

There's no photo cells on sl and gs races on split times, so yes they are triggered by hand, and therefore not 100% accurate.

post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the responses. I guess that explains some of the obvious erratic split times. Question is, as raised by my friend, does the person who is triggering the split timing do something intentional to make it a better show? I guess I would find that hard to believe.
post #5 of 7

I really don't think they would do it on purpose "to make better show", but accidents and mistakes do happen. We are all human afterall, and I believe only few of us never ever do mistakes... unfortunately I'm not one of them, and I guess those guys responsible for split times are not either :) But in general they do pretty good job, considering it's about hundredths of a second.

post #6 of 7
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Originally Posted by primoz View Post
 

There's no photo cells on sl and gs races on split times, so yes they are triggered by hand, and therefore not 100% accurate.


How come?

post #7 of 7

No idea how and why, but there's no photo cells on course where split times are :) I guess there's just too much traffic on the course and it would be too much false "beam cuts" to be reliable.

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