When people on the U.S. Ski Team race there are things that they use. For every event you will need a helmet, poles, skis, a GS suit. For Giant Slalom you will need: a GS suit (GS suits help racers go faster. They are made out of the same materials that is used for wet suits). Arm guards, (arm guards are used to hit the gate on your arm while you are in a Giant Slalom course). For Slalom: Pole guards (these help you hit the gates and protect your hands). Shin guards, (these are used to protect your shins and hit the gates in slalom). Chin bar, (a chin bar protects your chin in slalom because sometimes if you hit a slalom gate the wrong way it hits your head, so it keeps it from knocking out your teeth). For Super G: You basically need the same things as in Giant Slalom but you may need longer skis, about 10 CM longer to go faster! Also you may need an back protecter, these are so you don’t hurt your back. For Downhill you will need the same things as Giant Slalom and Super G but your skis should be at lease 25 CM, longer that your Giant Slalom skis!