Monday, January 18, 2021

Teammates propel Laurence St-Germain into World Cup spotlight

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Ski racing is an individual sport. Racer against the clock. Fastest to the finish wins. But in Laurence St-Germain’s world, competitive teammates are the difference-makers...

Fragmented alpine structure in Canada requires change

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When Alpine Canada stated its intention to become a top-three skiing nation by the 2026 Olympics, they must have known the daunting challenge ahead. It's a challenge that is fully understood by Phil McNichol, Alpine Canada’s high performance director and former U.S. ski team head coach.

Crazy like a fox: Manny Osborne-Paradis’ retirement ends the era of the Canadian Cowboys

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The 36-year-old, who now calls Invermere, B.C., home wrapped up a 13-year career full of the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.

Could fast-charging Canuck speed team be a World Cup dark horse?

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With the torch now passed from the likes of Erik Guay and Jan Hudec to a hard-charging group of talented and resilient mid-20s young men, the speed team is poised to make a splash on the World Cup tour, as early as this season.

Canadian women’s slalom team readies for Levi, navigates uncertain season

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When race organizers in Levi received the green light by FIS for this weekend’s World Cup women's slalom opener, the slalom-focussed Canadian women’s team...

UNDER THE HELMET with Sarah Bennett, Quebec ski team

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Welcome to the first installment in an exclusive athlete profile series for Ski Racing Media. "Under the Helmet" will provide a first-hand perspective from...

Erik Read navigates a winding road to ski racing excellence

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When Paul McCartney wrote the “The Long and Winding Road” he described an indirect path towards the unattainable. It’s too bad the Beatles music legend...

A Canadian New Year’s wishlist: 10 reasons for optimism

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2020 was a forgettable year on so many levels, but at least we have ski racing … sort of. The season is young, in...

Navigating development: How to overcome the ultimate Canadian dilemma

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In the mid 1970s, CBC journalist David Ritchie penned a book, “Ski the Canadian Way,” along with chapter contributions from notable athletes his brother, John, was coaching at the time: Ken Read, Steve Podborski, Dave Irwin and Dave Murray. You read that correctly — the Crazy Canucks.

Svindal interview sheds light on the Attacking Viking’s ‘secret sauce’

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Culture is hard to put a finger on, at least to crystallize what it is and how it can be replicated. The cultural differences...

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.

Mielzynski rediscovers race mentality, closes in on podium

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When Erin Mielzynski won a World Cup slalom in 2012 in Ofterschwang, Germany, it was both a blessing and a curse. The Canadian slalom...

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.

Canada’s eastern coaches dig deep to develop next wave

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This is the second in a two-part series looking into the provincial team plans, highlights and challenges heading into an uncertain competitive 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.

Darrell MacLachlan, Alberta sport builder, volunteer, mentor dies unexpectedly

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Darrell MacLachlan, a staple in the Lake Louise FIS World Cup organizing committee, among many other official positions, succumbed to “a brief and aggressive...

Canadian Cowboy Manuel Osborne-Paradis retires from World Cup racing

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CALGARY, Alta. — Three-time World Cup winner, Canadian Alpine Ski Team veteran Manuel Osborne-Paradis announced his retirement from competitive racing today. Osborne-Paradis, who landed on...

Canadian Valérie Grenier back on snow, overjoyed

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The 23-year-old from St. Isidore, Ontario who has 20 top-30 World Cup finishes to her credit, finally returned to full on-snow training recently with the Canadian Alpine Ski Team in Stelvio, Italy in August.

Ski Racing Media expands editorial coverage into Canada

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Ski Racing Media (SRM) is pleased to announce expanded editorial coverage into Canada through a newly formed partnership with Fresh Air Productions, which will...

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.
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