POV video: What's it like the fly down 'The Rock'?

Team USA's Mikaela Shiffrin will test 'The Rock' this month - Credit: (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)

Team USA's Mikaela Shiffrin will test 'The Rock' this month – Credit: (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)

As intimidating as it would be stare down Dwayne Johnson, many would choose it rather than hitching a ride down ‘The Rock’ in Beijing.

But that’s what alpine skiers like Mikaela Shiffrin and Co. will do this month at the 2022 Winter Olympics, and NBC’s Ted Ligety’s comments on the above video informs the danger and thrills that loom at the competition (and that’s before we talk about the potential for wind and other variables).

From flags that can blend into the snow fence to a hill and turns that make for rapid-fire decisions keyed by lightning-quick reflexes, ‘The Rock’ is a force.

Ligety joins broadcast partner Dan Hicks to describe the unique traits of the Yanqing Alpine Skiing Center downhill course from a point of view perspective, one that Ligety notes is likely 20mph slower than the speed of a competitor.

20.

mph.

Slower.

Wow.

The venues like ‘The Rock’ in Yanqing¬†shoudl also make for ideal conditions if the weather cooperations, as tons of artificial snow means there’s less of a chance for a surprise in the white stuff.

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