Thousands of people from Vermont on Saturday (20 January) braved icy cold conditions on Mount Snow to watch an event described as the world's first "Super Hot Dog Open".
GV Sign "Beconta Ski magazine Finish"
SV PAN Skier down slope(No. 6) does trick jump
MV PAN No. 10 jump & falls
SV No. 20 down slope & jumps
LV No. 23 down slope turns & dance stops
SV No. 49 Does hand stands start & down slope on one leg (2 shots)
SV No. 34 Over jump & falls
SV No. 20 jumps, wiggles & lands successfully
SCU No. 23 drops poles & does backward flip
SV No. 31 does splits over jump
SV PAN No. 41 does somersault over jump & falls
CU Skier watching
GV No.1 jumps & clicks skies together
LV No.23 somersault over jump & falls, regains feet
GV No. 41 somersaults over jump
SV No.23 in somersault
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SPORT: HOT DOGGING
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Background: Thousands of people from Vermont on Saturday (20 January) braved icy cold conditions on Mount Snow to watch an event described as the world's first "Super Hot Dog Open".
It wasn't a marathon eating contest....nothing like it. The Hot Dog Open turned out to be a day of spectacle after spectacle, with some of America's best snow-sport gymnasts heading the show.
In a nutshell, hot dogging is the skilful, graceful, sometimes absurd gymnastics and acrobatics skiers undertake to break up the monotony of a straight run down the mountain.
Until now, 'hot dogging' has been a once-in-a-while game on skis. But this year, two American magazines got behind the sport and decided it was time for it to grow up. So the competitors this year weren't just out to win - they were in it for money.
Jack Taylor of Stratton in Maine won the day, a bagful of skiing equipment and one thousand dollars.
SYNOPSIS: Here's one way for people who want to play around in the snow to make it pay -- by becoming a hot dogger. In Vermont on Saturday thousands of people went onto the slopes of Mount Snow to watch a non-organised past-time move into the bkg league of organised snow sports. Some of Vermont's best skiers turned up, despite winds and sub-zero temperatures.
Hot dogging is the skilful, sometimes graceful, and often ungainly things skiers do to break the monotony of a straight slope. As an incentive, two American publications offered prize money and a bagful of new skiing gear to the day's champion.
Forty-five skiers performed in this freestyle event down a course laden with obstacles. The judges look for control, the amount of excitement generated by turns and stunts, and, naturally, for the skier who makes his run without crashing to the ground.
Of course, not everyone can make it. A fall like this can cost the day. After the jet turns, the zig-zags and the 360-degree spins, the skiers tackled the jumps where judging was based on precision, balance, time in the air, the height and length of the jump. The winner of the first Super Hot Dog Open was Jack Taylor of Maine, who teaches skiing when he's not hot-dogging.