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International Roundup: Red Bull, POC, McCarty, Swiss, Canada, Fischer, Cochran


International Roundup: Red Bull, POC, McCarty, Swiss, Canada, Fischer, Cochran{mosimage}American downhiller Daron Rahlves is featured on a Web site set up by his primary sponsor, Red Bull energy drink. This is a chance for American racing fans to see some unique World Cup footage. Under Rahlves’s section, click on ‘the skier’ then ‘the price you pay’ to see video clips of Rahlves launching of the Mausfalle at Kitzbuehel, the Camel Jumps at Val Gardena, or watch his crash in last year’s Adelboden GS, one of the worst World Cup crashes in recent memory.

POC, a Swedish company that makes helmets and armor, has signed up Julia Mancuso, Libby Ludlow and Jonna Mendes to use its equipment this season. Click here for more on that.

Bryna McCarty’s primary sponsor, organic foods company Bionaturae, has announced a contest in which winners can come to Italy and ski with McCarty. Click here for more.

The Swiss ski team is low on cash, but the Canadian team just benefited from a big injection of cash for its training center at the Farnham Glacier in British Columbia.

Teams start arriving in North America this month for training camps in advance of the next World Cup, scheduled for Nov. 27-28 in Lake Louise, Alberta. Among the teams that will be training in Panorama are the Austrian men and women, the Austrian men’s team, Chile (men and women), German men, Norwegian men and Slovenian women. The Austrian men’s team also plans to train in Sun Peaks.

Eli Brown left Fischer Sports USA’s nordic division to become the head coach for the University of Utah ski team, a position previously filled by Kevin Sweeney. Brown has taught skiers at the Maine Winter Sports Center in Limestone, Maine, at the University of Utah (as the assistant cross-country ski coach 1998-99), at Whitman College (1999-2000). For more click here.

Barbara Ann Cochran, winner of the 1972 Olympic slalom, was profiled in a recent Associated Press story. Cochran uses ‘what she’s learned as an athlete, teacher and from her father, who she describes as a natural sports psychologist, to help young athletes and sports teams prepare mentally for their best performances’ says the story.

In case you missed it, here is some October news on speed demonBode Miller, British downhiller Finlay Mickle, new father Vincent Lavoie, adaptive cyclist Jimmy Heuga and the life-saving Vail Ski Swap.

Daron Rahlves poses 3-event Olympic threatQA with Maria Jose Rienda Contreras

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