A professional photographer, James Decker of Vancouver, BC, particularly enjoys photographing outdoor sports, including skiing. Some of the ski events Jim Decker has photographed include the Winter Olympics, which in 2010 was held in Vancouver, BC, as well as the International Ski Federation (FIS) Alpine Ski World Cup and the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup.
The FIS Alpine Ski World Cup and FIS Nordic Combined World Cup are comprised of many races throughout the ski season. Instead of being scored over the course of a single event, as in the Winter Olympics, top skiers are scored based on their performance during an entire season. Alpine ski races consist of four different types of downhill races: slalom, giant slalom, super G, and downhill. Nordic combined races, on the other hand, consist of ski jumps and a specified interval of cross-country skiing. Nordic combined has been referred to as the “decathlon of skiing,” as participants must utilize different muscles to complete the respective competitions. The FIS World Cup events are held in a number countries around the world.