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 videos of yourself and World Cup racers is a powerful tool for strengthening important mental muscles such as confidence, intensity, and focus.
In one of my final post this past season, I exhorted you to buy into the notion that Next Season Starts…NOW! With...
If you’re at all committed as a ski racer, with the past winter well behind us, you have begun a rigorous physical conditioning program the goal of which is to have you in the best shape of your life when the new season starts later this year.
When it come to parenting, the 1972 Olympic slalom champion's famed pedigree has given her a unique perspective
Mental imagery is the key to success year-round, and something that can easily be practiced at home.
While returning to snow remains a mystery for some, it has already arrived for others.
The off-season is now underway and you are probably hitting the gym and, hopefully, hitting the slopes soon as well some...
Editor's Note: This is an encore presentation of a previously published article that never gets old. The race season...
Kelley and Doug Lewis have developed a “complete athlete” program that brings all of the best elements of ELITEAM summer camps to your doorstep.
Today's fastest skiers are also some of the strongest the sport has ever known.
Nothing outside of ski racing itself can emulate the actions and forces one encounters while slicing through slalom gates or flying down a super G course, but we can do ourselves an extraordinary favor and better prepare for these circumstances through effective training methods.
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.
Parent coaches are an exception but those who fight their way onto the World Cup tour produced countless winners.
When it comes to collegiate alpine ski racing, NCAA Division I is not the only game in town. Find the right USCSA college to match your academic and ski racing goals.
What should you do the day before a race? Should you rest completely? Take the day off? Ski a couple runs? Full length...
Embracing failure is critical for all athletes, but especially for ski racers. Everything about ski racing is tough.
Originally a response to mass shootings, Stop the Bleed has been embraced by the ski world, where severe cuts from razor-sharp edges have become all too familiar.
A large majority of our lives are run on habits. The habits we form, whether consciously or unconsciously, will often dictate our long-term outcomes....
Doug Lewis takes a look back at the journals he kept as a young racer, and reflects on how they helped shape his ski racing career.
Amid the extensive travel, early mornings, long days on the hill, racing, more travel, more training, more racing, physio work, team dinners,...
FIS racing can be intimidating when you first start, but don't let that mindset bring you down when you step in the starting gate.
The ELITEAM Journal aims to help coaches, parents, and athletes learn the skills that give them confidence on the ski hill and in life.
We all know that ski racing isn't fun ALL the time, but here's how you can use fun to help you out of those tough times.