Originally Posted by Yuki
And Richie .... your history and association with ski racing go back how long?
Luckily humanity's present generation need not relive all of our forefather's experiences to learn by them. Records my friend, even if I was a non skier, never raced, never even interested in racing, or skiing, looking at this objectively for the safety of a human being the facts are clear; nothing supporting your argument, not a shred. While there may not be that many facial reconstructions and oral reconstruction surgeries performed due to skiing accidents...there isnt one single case of a broken neck due to a full face helmet.
And how many World Cup's have you qualified for? When were you in the FIS congress? When was it you worked for SNELL or ASTM? Its irrelevant, you can cite rules and tests and research papers as well as I can I am sure, yet you have failed to do so, because there simply are none...at least not to support your argument.Edit:
I have been pondering what reason could the FIS have to ban full face helmets (if in fact there is some unwritten rule that states this). The only thing I can think of is marketing. Ski racing is a business, they need human figures, real humans that others can relate to and grow attatched to in order for viewers to form an association with its athletes and come see more races, sell more tickets endorse more products, sell more gear, etc. A bunch of Storm Troopers blasting down the hill...might as well get a robot squadron and do away with all the risks altogether. Look at NASCAR, only when they made the driver's the stars, not the cars, did it take off like it did. I would wager that there are more non-gear-head NASCAR fans than gear-head fans. With a full face helemt view of the skier is greatly obstructed, marketing potential fan skier association is greatly reduced. When was the last time a really ugly dude or girl was a superstar? Rarely happens.
Similarly, many years ago, a new more efficient and safer aerodynamic package was developed for Formula 1 whereby a single large wing was located centrally on the car, nearly directly above the driver. This design ensured even downforce distribution, safer location for the wing, and no need for two wings. The public thought it was so ugly that fan base began to drop, less race attendees, less money made. The car was outlawed on that basis; a car has to look good as well as perform well, because if it doesnt the powers that be lose where it matters most, their pockets.
In summary, its all about giving the fans what they want to see: real people, really risking their lives and being able to see their faces as they take on the challenge and waving to the crowds at the finish line. So changes are made only when things get rediculous, sadly this applies to just about every sport.