Thursday, October 22, 2020

Don’t worry, NASTAR is still happening

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NASTAR management has changed hands numerous times over the years, particularly over the last few months, when U.S. Ski and Snowboard handed it back to SKI owner Active Interest Media. Shortly thereafter, AIM sold it along with its entire Outdoor Group to Pocket Outdoor Media.

Western Canada development coaches anticipating a ‘wild season’

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Ski Racing Media is digging deeper into the ski racing development system in Canada with a look at the provincial team plans, highlights and challenges, particularly heading into an uncertain competitive season. This week, in our first of two stories, we spoke with the head coaches of the provincial teams of BC and Alberta. Next week we will check in with Ontario and Quebec in the east.

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 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.

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.

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.

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).

Then & 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.

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.

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.

Charles Christianson: Finding success on and off the snow

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Charles Christianson's life experience is a story of persistence, adaptation, and improbable achievement. A four-time All American and retired World Cup athlete, he is currently chief of staff at Alterra Mountain Company and a member of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Foundation's Board of Trustees.

Ski racing on Arrakis

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The purpose of this article is to present my view on how to become a better ski racer. My approach is not complicated: If athletes read more books they will become better ski racers.

Leif Nestvold-Haugen: From DU to World Cup success

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As a boy growing up in Lommedalen, Norway, Leif Nestvold-Haugen started skiing on cross-country skis as soon as he could walk....

Life in the Slow Lane: White Claws and fishing with Bryce Bennett

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A few White Claws. Some fishing. A little indoor bow practice. Bryce Bennett has this whole quarantine thing figured out.

Foreste turns a page

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This year’s graduating seniors are getting a raw deal: No senior spring, no graduation (or a much delayed one), no victory...

Ryan Cochran-Siegle redefines success

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Coming off the most successful season of his career, Ryan Cochran-Siegle has shifted his priorities and his definition of success. It seems to be paying off.

Whatever happened with NorAms?

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Strong performances at the NorAm Cup level can determine national-team criteria and provide a key gateway to the big show in Europe for many American and Canadian racers.

Health of Sport task force assembled to reduce ski racing cost

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The Alpine Sport Committee in 2019 established the Health of Sport task force, which is looking into ways of cutting cost.

The parallel controversy: Where does it stand?

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FIS had intended on hosting a meeting to discuss grievances around the parallel format at World Finals in Cortina, Italy. Due to the coronavirus, that meeting has yet to be held. Here's what we know about where the controversy stands.

After travel ban, US scrambled to bring home 120 athletes, coaches

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After the travel ban, what did it take to bring home 120 U.S. athletes and staff earlier this month?

Looking for the perfect academy? Here’s the best of the West

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The western region has multiple options that offer full-time student status and winter term options.

Stuck at home? Stay in shape with these race-specific workouts (videos included)

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The recent pandemic leaves most of us without access to a gym. Despite this inconvenience, one can choose to throw in the towel all together or attempt to make oneself better through daily in-home workouts.
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