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Archive for the '2008-2009 Ski Racing News' Category

Bode’s diary: Ski racing is risky business

By Bode Miller

I saw the Albrecht training crash from a TV at the top of the Hahnenkamm. It was pretty aggressive. It’s scary to see someone go down right in front of you, but I’m pretty good at putting it out of my head and not dwelling on it. If you go out there and give 100 percent on some of these courses, the chances of hurting yourself are really really high. A lot of racers went down in the actual race too. TJ Lanning hurt his knee and a bunch of other guys crashed out.

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Ski fans star on Whistler’s big screen

Spectators became participants in a pre-Olympic social media experiment that saw their photos and commentary flashed on the big screen alongside professional live coverage of athletes in the FIS World Cup ski jumping competition at Whistler’s Olympic Park.

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Marathon Skier trains indoor

A British woman who will be taking part in a 48-hour marathon to raise money for people with cerebral palsy is taking regular training sessions at Tamworth’s Snowdome
24-year-old Lea Bellion will ski over 24 peaks in Italy and over 130kms (80 miles) of piste during the charity Scope’s White Peaks Challenge.

This is going to be a huge challenge for me, not only to train hard to achieve the required level of fitness but it’s also going to be massive challenge to raise as much funding as possible for Scope,”

Lea told local media.
Scope was one of first charities to organise overseas challenge events and has raised nearly £23 million to date.

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International boarding contender started indoors

The latest in the growing list of world class snow sports competitors who took their first slides on indoor snow is set to take to compete alongside the world’s elite in a prestigious international snowboarding competition.

29 year old Adam Bowcutt from Worcestershire will compete at the latest Burton Global Open Series event to be held in Calgary, Canada next month.

Currently training and teaching young people to board in Canada after summer training in New Zealand, Mr Bowcutt first took to snowsports ten years ago at one of the world’s earliest indoor snow and holder of the “snowdome” name copyright, the Tamworth Snowdome, which is currently celebrating 15 years in operation.

Bowcutt has also set up a website called britishsnowaddictions.com, which aims to promote British snowboarding globally.

I am likely to be the only British competitor within the elite field consisting of top North American pro-riders,”

Bowcutt said.


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World’s biggest ski ramp is built for world alpine ski cup parallel

A new ski ramp, believed to be the biggest in the world, was built in Moscow to host the World Alpine Ski Cup parallel slalom events which started on January 2.
The 56m high, 33m wide ramp had already entered the Guinness Book of Records last year when it hosted ski and snowboard freestyle World Cup legs in Moscow. These events will be staged here again in February and March this year.

The aim is to help boost interest in winter sports in the country five years before the southern Russian city of Sochi hosts the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Continue reading ‘World’s biggest ski ramp is built for world alpine ski cup parallel’

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Freeride to be staged again in Alta Badia in March

The second staging of the reborn free ride competition in off-piste skiing, organized by the Association dolomites Freeride Alta Badia, will take place again in Val Mezdì in the Sella Group, on a medium difficult Alpine skiing course on Saturday 28th March 2009.
The event which was staged at the end of last season, earlier this year, recalls a competition which used to take place in the 1940s, taking its place in the history of the first Freeride Alpine competitions and surrounding events.
The course varies according to the conditions of the snow surface and has no sign posting as is usual for all mountain itineraries of this type.
The start of the Val Mezdì is reached by the Sass Pordoi cable car reaching the Refuge Maria of the mountain pass where the Forcella Pordoi branches off and which after 30 minutes of marching on foot alternating with skiable sections brings competitors to Refuge Boé at 2,871m, which reveals the entrance to the Val Mezdì and the start of the competition which follows a 6km downhill for a total drop of 1,226m, arriving in the resort of Colfosco.

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The BRITS 2009 gears up for its 20th annual championships

The BRITS winter snowsports festival celebrates its 20th Birthday next year when it returns to Laax, Switzerland from the 28th March – 4th April 2009. Fresh from a pre BRITS reccy out to Laax, Soul Sports chief, Stu Brass reports back on the brand new resort development and epic early season snow conditions.
Stu says,

Laax has undergone a brand new development in resort, the Rocks Resort, which has already been given a design award and will give the resort and the BRITS an ultra modern twist, including new shops, restaurants and accommodation options. The amazing snow conditions and the 40inch base layer, promises for a long season and will help to create yet another amazing snow park and freestyle arena that Laax and the BRITS are renowned for.”

As well as a celebrated winter festival, The BRITS plays host to the prestigious British Snowboard and Freeski Championships that unites kids, rookies, pros and Olympians. The Championship action comes courtesy of the Trespass Snowboardcross/Skiercross, Quiksilver Big Air, Animal Slopestyle and SNO!zone Halfpipe. So if you fancy bagging yourself a British title, gold medal, TTR World Ranking points (snowboard) and bragging rights for a whole year, then register online now to compete and get practicing whilst the snow’s still soft.
Packages out to The BRITS start from £269 which includes – 7 nights’ accommodation, 6 days lifts pass and most importantly your BRITS event pack and wristband.
Registration is now live at: www.brits09.com

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