The Waxroom is alpine skiing’s cocktail napkin; it’s where yarns are spun, scores settled, ideas chronicled, and like all good waxrooms, it’s really just a garage. It’s where we tinker talk and discover. And, it’s become my NBC World Cup broadcast booth. This is where I reach out to the world of skiing and I invite you to come along and have a listen.
Most years I spend two days every week traveling cross country or overseas to cover the Alpine World Cup, World Championships, and Olympics for NBC. Because of Covid, my new commute is the 30 seconds it takes to get to the third bay of my garage, aka my broadcast booth and my waxroom. So, I’ve got a bit more time on my hands to share with you all the stories I hear each week and have come across over my 40 plus years in the sport. It’s the fodder that never makes air, a chance to put on my reporter hat on, and an opportunity to share the conversations I have with characters and cognoscenti of the sport of skiing. Here’s a bit more of what I mean …
Episode 1: Ski racing in the COVID era w/ Chip Knight
The good, the bad, and the silver linings related to ski racing this year in the era of Covid. U.S. Ski and Snowboard Alpine Development Director Chip Knight helps lay out what it takes to pull off races this year, best practices and what the calendar might look like this year. No denying these are tough times, but might some of the practices required to navigate Covid-19 in 2021, become common practices down the road. Let’s not let a good pandemic go to waste.