Tue Mar 7, 2017 1:20PM
Iranian alpine skiers Mohammad Kiadarbandsari (L) and Hossein Saveh-Shemshaki
Iranian alpine skiers Mohammad Kiadarbandsari (L) and Hossein Saveh-Shemshaki

Iranian male alpine skiers have exhibited brilliant performances at an international championship in Lebanon and collected two medals, including one gold.

On the opening day of the international alpine wrestling competitions at Mzaar Kfardebian ski resort on the outskirts of the Lebanese capital city of Beirut, 31-year-old Hossein Saveh-Shemshaki competed in the men's slalom and stood on top of the podium.

Mohammad Kiadarbandsari, who won the first ever Asian Winter Games medal for Iran at 2011 Asian Winter Games, finished in the second place and pocketed the silver medal.

Alpine skiing, or downhill skiing, is the sport or recreation of sliding down snow-covered hills on skis with fixed-heel bindings.

It is characterized by the requirement for mechanical assistance getting to the top of the hill, since the equipment does not allow efficient walking or hiking, unlike cross-country skis which use free-heel bindings.

Alpine skiing has been an event at the Winter Olympic Games since 1936 (except for the 1940 games).