Monday, September 21, 2020

Letter: Ski Racing in America is expensive

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"My family lived in Switzerland for a year where my son skied on a regional U14 team. ... Since we are not Swiss it was explained to us that we would have to pay a rather expensive fee - the charge for the full year was $600."

Letter: Being good at everything

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"It's Not About Tech VS Speed" got my attention and made me compare what I was reading to my own experience as...

Letter: Talent isn’t everything

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In Mr. Leever’s essay, Exploring North American development — what are we missing?, he points out that North American junior racers are...

Letter: Developing talent

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I have seen a greater and greater emphasis on more and more gate training at the expense of free skiing. The end product is a racer who can ski. My observation over many years is that a skier who can race will always beat a racer who can ski.

Letter: Protective gear has to change to protect athletes

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I was involved in a serious crash at Stoneham Quebec where I clipped a GS gate causing my right ski to launch with me spiraling into the air and landing with the ski close to my body(chest) and cutting the peak of my helmet along with my chin.

Letter: USST, NCAA: Don’t fix the problem, remove the problem.

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I imagine now is as good a time as any to elaborate further on several of the recent responses to the ongoing...

Letter: Memories of Eric Keck

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As an underclassman at GMVS when Keck was a senior, I have a couple short memories of him I’ll pass along here:

Letter: NCAA skiing as a pipeline – a single experience

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Articles that have come out surrounding this issue all have one thing in common: they have some serious truths. However, I think...

Letter: US Ski & Snowboard is responsible to all

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The outpouring of emotion and passion from the heart of young athletes is awesome. I encourage more young athletes to speak out about their experiences.

Letter: Why the U.S. Ski Team is not the dream team

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The day I joined the National Training Group was the day I began to question my love for ski racing. My entire...

Letter: A wake up call to NCAA athletes, coaches, parents

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This in no way represents the US Ski Team's position, this is my opinion and my personal experience from years of competing...

Letter: My perspective on USST, NCAA

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The United States Ski Team and their view on college skiing has been a very controversial topic for years. From my perspective...

Letter: Choices are always difficult

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I am writing to express my opinion on the recent articles about the development differences between the USST and NCAA. I am...

Letter: History of American Independents

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Thanks to Edie Thys Morgan for writing and to Ski Racing for publishing, on June 17, the article, American Independents: Class of...

Letter: Collegiate skiing and the U.S. Ski Team

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Collegiate skiing has a long and storied history in the United States, from the Dartmouth Outing Club hosting the country’s first ski race on the slopes of Mt. Moosilauke in 1927 to Bob Beattie moving from CU to coach the National Team in 1961, and then starting the World Cup in 1967.

Letter: US Ski Team myopia

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Thank you for this opportunity to speak to the USST for its lack of cooperation with the collegiate system.

Letter: USST’s failure to American athletes

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The article “USST, NCAA butt heads over NorAm schedule” is nothing new to me, but the arrogance surrounding Tiger Shaw is appalling....

Letter: Chip is right

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In my opinion Chip (Knight) and Todd (Brickson) are on the right track when it comes to managing the number of starts for our developing athletes.

Letter: Accessibility is key to ‘Best in the World’

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There is no doubt ski racing is too expensive even for many affluent families. I became hooked on ski racing as a...

Letter: Give our most dedicated athletes the best chance to succeed

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This is offered in unapologetic support of those who have found a love of ski racing. Those who have discovered the joys...

Letter: Great article and discussion on proposed number of FIS starts

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Great article and discussion on the proposed number of race starts for FIS racers. The dialog was interesting for sure... lot of...

Letter: Limiting starts is not the job of a committee

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After reading the article on the arguments over race starts it is nice to see we still have coaches capable of making...

Letter: USSA should buy Burke

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My suggestion is forUSSA (alpine only) to buy Burke Mt. Ski Area from the government and turn it into  a major eastern...

Letter: Do we want to limit races or increase participation?

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Do we want to limit races or do we want to increase participation? I have no idea the magic bullet but I do think that somehow limiting the arms race of parental spending would be a start to increasing participation.
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