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Federation mandates longer Alpine skis

Updated: July 20, 2011, 2:41 PM ET
Associated Press

OBERHOFEN, Switzerland -- The International Ski Federation has passed a new rule requiring Alpine racers to use longer skis to help prevent serious injuries.

Giant slalom skiers will face the biggest changes in the 2012-13 World Cup season. The rules are being imposed after a six-year injury research project.

FIS says the minimum length for men's GS skis will increase by 10 centimeters to 1.95 meters. Women's GS skis must be 1.88 meters, 8 centimeters longer.

Downhill skis also ...

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