Originally Posted by waxman
personally i would like to see the ski racing scene go the way of formula one with corporate teams i think the national team concept is flawed in an individual sport and the industry itself cannot support it without taking a financial hit....
I used to wonder why skiing wasn't run like auto racing. But from what I understand, until sometime in the 60's, national teams were only named for big races like the World Championships and the Olympics. Before that, most teams were
semi-private but then Canada formed a year-round national team with much success, which started the current trend. (Not sure of the accuracy from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crazy_Canucks
The Jeep "King of the mountain" series is more or less a corporate series as you suggest, as were the professional racing tours of the 70's and 80's. Sorry, but compared to the World Cup, they all suck.
Comparing skiing to auto racing might not be fair. F1 and other auto racing series aren't just supported by racing fans or people who buy high-performance sports cars. A large part of the entire automotive industry has stakes in the development, marketing, and success of Auto racing teams, and the auto manufacturers benefit directly not only due to the publicity and brand loyalty generated by winning, but by the testing and advancement in technology that racing provides, amongst many other ways.
On the other hand, the ski industry is miniscule and specialized in comparison, and so racing probably could never have the same kind of impact on the general public. (Most people don't ski to work, they drive cars). Skiing is an Olympic sport, and the Olympics divides competitors by nation. When it comes to nations competing against nations, national pride is at stake no matter how obscure or elitist the sport, and so governments get involved in supporting such sports. True, ski racing probably wouldn't be nearly as big as it is now without government funding. But then again, neither would the arms industry.