Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Development through the ages: What Went Right? (Part 2)

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Editor's note: This second story in a two-part series focuses on what helped athletes make their leap into the big leagues. See...

Development in the US … not a new discussion

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Following the 1950 FIS World Championships in Aspen, journalist and Alta Ski Area founder James Laughlin took to the papers to...

Development through the ages: What went right? (Part 1)

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Many factors go into each athlete’s development, especially in a sport like ski racing that has a mind-boggling array of uncontrollable elements. When they all come together it is a minor miracle.

Thomas Stauffer is the giant slayer

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An in-depth interview with the man who dethroned the Austrians and brought home the Nations Cup for Switzerland. Want to know how he did it? This article, brought to us by veteran coach Peter Lange, takes a deep dive into the Swiss system.

Canadian Osborne-Paradis not surprised by cancellations, looks forward to European ‘bubble’

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The four-time Olympian was set to make a return to downhill ski racing at Lake Louise, the course that was the site of his dramatic training run crash in 2018 edition. He hasn’t seen racing action since.

Disadvantaged Canadian alpine teams embark on ‘catch up’ tour

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A look inside the trials and tribulations faced by Canadian alpine teams this summer amid travel restrictions and the COVID-19 pandemic, plus additional thoughts from Phil McNichol, Alpine Canada’s high performance alpine director.

Federica Brignone has made history. Now what?

After becoming the first Italian woman to win a World Cup overall title, Federica Brignone has been thrown a COVID-19 curveball, but she's making the best of it.

As fall approaches, clubs and academies begin to reimagine the season

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Ski academies and clubs are doing everything they can to adapt to the pandemic — from weekly COVID tests to independent travel. But among it all is a silver lining: increased enrollment.

Ski Racing Media’s male Junior of the Year: Bridger Gile

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Bridger Gile jokes that he hit his high point when he was a kid. Indeed, his accomplishments on skis were jaw-droppingly bountiful for someone barely out of kindergarten.

Down but not out: Nyman plans his comeback

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After sustaining a season-threatening Achilles tendon injury while training at Mount Hood earlier this week, Steven Nyman is looking ahead and mapping out another comeback.

Ski Racing Media’s female Junior of the Year: Keely Cashman

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Ski Racing Media's 2020 Junior of the Year (women's) Keely Cashman is ready to juggle college and World Cup racing. Hear what she had to saying about winning bronze at World Juniors and plans to race in college this coming season.

Alpine Canada’s new boss wants to win — and she’s done it before

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The six-time world champion and former captain of the women’s national hockey team is bubbling over with excitement as she leads the reboot started by Erik Guay and the powerhouse board of directors.

Future without fluoros: a complete guide

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We dug a bit deeper to break down the problem, at its root, to help our readers and those impacted by the ban better understand how all this all started, who is involved, how its affecting wax companies, teams, and athletes, and what ski families in North America need to know heading into the 2020-21 season.

Erik Guay, new board set direction for Alpine Canada as ‘shocked’ Ben Thomsen looks...

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Erik Guay joins a movement along with a group of high-profile business leaders who replaced the Alpine Canada board of directors last fall. The former athlete is seeking to influence change and reshape the national ski racing landscape with the mission of becoming a top-three skiing nation by the 2026 Olympics.

Keep the bubble tight: How Shiffrin plans to make it through the World Cup...

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After a turbulent year, American superstar begins the process of attacking next season, physically and emotionally

Cutting Edge: How one ski racer survived a life-threatening ski laceration

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Victor Wiacek tells the harrowing story of a routine ski crash and how it led to a life-threatening ski laceration. Victor almost lost his life, saved by coaches, ski patrol and medical staff who were trained and ready to respond. Now he's working on a solution to try to prevent future accidents. More photos included (strong stomach required).

Watching video is great off-season mental training

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Watching videos of yourself and World Cup racers is a powerful tool for strengthening important mental muscles such as confidence, intensity, and focus.

Where are they now: Lessons from ski racing serve downhiller Andy Mill

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At 67, Andy Mill still has that swashbuckling look that helped him stand out as an Olympic downhill ski racer, network sports commentator and star of his own television series. Time has been good to the top American downhiller of the mid 1970s to early ‘80s, who used the skills he learned as a ski racer to carve out a remarkable life.

Fresh off Copper camp, POWDR quickly becoming ski racing’s best friend

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Not only has the multi-resort corporation built what is widely considered the world’s top speed and tech training venues and shined as a World Cup host, but it goes the extra mile for racers whenever it can, surmounting melting snow and COVID-era obstacles to provide superb summer training.

American Downhiller Eric Keck, as remembered by friend, teammate Steve Porino

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In his 52 years, he lived twice the life of most, and the stories, the epic tales, are too many for any one person to catalogue. Please fill the ether and pages below with your tales and memories.

Remembering Norwegian slalom star Finn Christian Jagge

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Norway’s Finn Christian Jagge was a journeyman slalom skier whose career spanned eight World Championships and four Olympics. His passing this week at the age of 54 has brought back memories not just of a ski racer who rode the evolutionary wave of slalom technique in the 1990s, but of a friend who brought charisma and caring for others to the white circus.

Otto Tschudi: Looking back and ideas for the future

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Having been involved in the World Cup, the NCAA, and the World Pro Ski Tour, the Norwegian star knows one thing is for certain, the current conflict between skiing institutions in North America will take the sport nowhere.

Money in the bank, baby: Start making confidence deposits this summer

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In one of my final post this past season, I exhorted you to buy into the notion that Next Season Starts…NOW! With...

Former Ski Racing columnist, editor Bill McCollom dies unexpectedly

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Ski racing has lost another good one. In the hills of Vermont, long-time Ski Racing contributor Bill McCollom passed away unexpectedly on June 28 from a heart condition.
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