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Intense First-Person Video: Just How Crazy Is Sochi Downhill Ski Course?

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There's been lots of talk about course designs at the Sochi Winter Olympics. Shaun White dropped out of the Slopestyle competition because he thought the course was too dangerous. After a few injuries in practice and complaints by other Slopestyle competitors, designers adjusted the course.

The downhill course is also pretty intense. Bode Miller, a US downhill skier favored to medal in the event, called it "treacherous" after a disappointing 8th place finish. "If you're not focused and paying attention," he said, "this course can kill you."

So what does it look like when you're flying down a course that can kill you?

Thankfully Graham Bell, a former Olympic skier and now a journalist for the BBC, took a run with a video camera so we can experience high speeds and the fear of imminent death, all from the safety of our Internets.