By Associated Press
(AP) Ski technicians are the unsung stars of alpine skiing. They toil behind the scenes to help the racers get the slightest edge in pursuit of gold. It's a demanding job that requires a lot of travel and attention to detail.
Leo Mussi is a long-time ski technician and he currently works with U.S. skiers Bryce Bennett and Steven Nyman. He says that while the racers may get the headlines, they aren't the only ones who prepare heavily for competitions.
I do a lot of work in my home, in my ski room, some setup I do on the hill actually before the race starts. So it goes from the cellar, to the slope, everywhere actually.
Mussi's job is particularly meticulous and detailed, one that has a drastic impact on the skiers to employ his services. He explains, "My job is actually to prepare the skis and make them as fast as possible".
Talk about a pressure-filled task. Mussi knows that his constant preparations, tweaks and adjustments could make the difference between Olympic glory and disappointment.
But he insists that his love of the sport carries him through any rigors of the job claiming, "It's a special job. You have to love this job. If you like tuning skis, if you like working with athletes, then you've got the right job".