As we all know, that does not really happen anymore today. (Missing gates: yes. Missing gates, backtracking and winning: nope.)
So I got myself the finishing times of the best 6 skiers in all World Championship and Olympic slalom events. Then I plotted some graphs. I found the results quite fascinating. I will show all graphs first with regular scales and then with logarithmic scales.
- Graph one shows the difference in time between first and second
- Graph two shows the difference in time between the first and the average of the first 6 (I included the first in this average, which is a bit silly, I just realized, but oh well...)
- Graph three shows the difference between the first and the sixth person to cross the finish
Whats really interesting here, IMHO is that these graphs don't look like some random development, governed by society and technological development. These graphs look more like something following a natural law.
I find the level of correlation quite spooky, to be honest. Take a look at these logarithmic charts...
The numbers in the graph is difference in time, measured in seconds.
Anyway. I would love to hear what other people have to say to the things I'm posting. I know people are reading this, and there is a comment function. Feel free to use it :-)