Hahnenkamm is a legend for its heroic winners, but also for its crashing losers

Hahnenkamm.

It’s one word, but it conjures many memories. Some are of its many victors, including the great Swiss ski racer Didier Cuche, who just won his fifth Hahnenkamm downhill to surpass Austrian legend Franz Klammer for the most downhill wins at Kitzbuehel.

But many more memories are of the skiers it spits out in crashes on the course called the “Streif” (“Stripe”), filled with wild turns, jumps and steeps.

And that’s what the folks at Deadspin.com focus on in this wonderful (if more than a bit ghoulish) examination of this famous World Cup destination. Read the story to learn about three dangerous areas of the courses, each illustrated with videos showing brutal falls. Do you have the stomach for it?

Want to see the course from a racer’s point of view? Watch the video above.

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