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Skiing is an extremely popular sport these days Skiing sights and resorts are becoming tremendously popular in places all over the world I have only tried skiing a few times and I plan to take lessons next year Many people are starting to take interest in this sport including me Skiing was not always as popular as it is now It was not long ago that skiers had to go many miles to find a ski resort and some had to use their own back yard if they wanted to ski Now we only have to go a little ways to find a resort to ski During the thirteenth to the seventeenth centuries the military used skies as a faster more efficient way of sliding This gave them an advantage over the enemies in winter This then led to the shape of the ski which we all are familiar with today Skiers in Norway discovered the wide carvings turns now known as alpine downhill disciplines Before skis were used for fun and leisure the ski was used for work and transportation The way of transportation soon came to a competitive sport The oldest known version is a wide short ski found in Sweden that has been shown to be over 4500 years old and cave and rock drawings suggest that skis were used even long before then These first skis may have been used by a hunter or even just a traveler They were commonly used during the long winters in Northern Russia and the Scandinavian countries Early skis were not made for speed but designed to keep a traveler on top of the snow The distinction that now we make between the different disciplines of skiing was not made centuries ago All of the early skis had a boot mounted to the ski only at the toe with the heel free to move up and down what we now call a nordic ski The
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