Archive for the '2009 – 2010 Ski Racing News' Category

What it takes to get sponsored as a young racer

14-year-old British ski racer Honor Clissol.

Any young skiers looking to make it big should take a look at Sam and Honor Clissol.

The unique brother and sister combo had the good fortune to begin skiing at young ages, and have worked and trained hard to achieve the level required for a national team. The two were both overall champions and individual winners of their respective age groups in the British Children’s Championship in Meribel last week.

They were both selected for the children’s GB squad after the 2009 British Championships and joined the training programme provided by Snowsports GB.

Sam, who will soon be turning 15, has not only been competing internationally, but has acquired lots of race experience by racing with the top French boys in his age group. He was also selected by the French to race in La Scara, considered in the ski world as a real “Children’s World Championships” and used as qualification for the selection process for the French team.

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FIS comissions study into ski racing safey

After an Olympic games which saw several absences and near-absences in the alpine skiing disciplines, FIS has begun looking into how to make the sport safer.

The University of Salzburg has begun a three year study in to all the dangers involved in Alpine ski racing at the behest of the International Ski Federation (FIS). The move follows an initiative by the world’s leading ski racers to highlight some of the dangers they think exist and could be reduced in their sport.

In the 2008-2009 season, 43 per cent of all alpine World Cup skiers sustained some kind of injury, and 23 of them were ruled out for at least eight days, according to FIS statistics. This season has seen similar stats on injured racers, with the Canadian team particularly hard hit ahead of the Vancouver games.

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World’s top ski racers get set to high-five

The world’s top ski racers are nowhere near done with this epic season.

After the Olympic Games in Vancouver and the finals of the World Cup at Garmisch, the world’s top racers are now heading to Verbier in Switzerland. The High Five competition there this weekend, however, will be a much less serious event and a chance for the athletes to have a good time at the famous resort.

Competitors scheduled to take part include Olympic triple-medalist Aksel-Lund Svindal, dual medalist Julia Mancuso, bronze medalist Andre Myhrer, perennial World Cup downhill champion Didier Cuche, Super-G star Jessica Lindel-Vikarby, Olympic downhill champion Didier Défago, as well as Canada’s Manuel Osborne-Paradis, Britain’s Chemmy Alcott, Liechtenstien’s Marco Büchel, and France’s Luc Alphand.

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Snow Leopard calls it a career and looks to build skiing back home

The 'Snow Leopard' is getting out while he's on top, sortof.

Ghana’s Snow Leopard has decided that his historic Olympic appearance will be the end of his competitive skiing career.

Ghanaian skier Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong, finishing 47th out of 48 finishers in the Olympic Slalom in Whistler last week. The race featured 102 skiers, but 54 ended up with a DNF, DNS, or disqualification.

Kwame now plans to open a grass skiing slope in Ghana, and he says he has found a suitable site. Heavy machinery will be required to smooth out the slope which will then be seeded before grass skiing can begin.

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Olympic snowboard champion Jasey-Jay Anderson makes a triumphant return home from Games

By the time Mont-Tremblant native Jasey-Jay Anderson  stepped into the television camera’s bright lights at Montreal-Trudeau International Airport Monday night, the veteran Olympian turned a big page in Canadian snowboarding history. Continue reading ‘Olympic snowboard champion Jasey-Jay Anderson makes a triumphant return home from Games’

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Lindsey’s run cements Vail as Vonn country

The Vail community offered their heartfelt congratulations to hometown hero Lindsey Vonn today by naming a run on Vail Mountain after the Olympic gold medalist.

The resort’s operator bestowed the honor in recognition of her many achievements in ski racing, and also because to them, she represents Vail’s first ever gold medal.

The expert “International” trail on Vail Mountain will be renamed “Lindsey’s” and the new trail sign greeted skiers and snowboarders today. The trail was the site of the women’s speed events during the World Alpine Ski Championships at Vail and Beaver Creek in 1989 and 1999. Additionally, the central location of the trail gives all guests at Vail easy access to ski or ride it throughout the winter season.

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Olympic Update: Italian wins slalom, Snow Leopard races, 30k photo finish

Ghana's Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong succeeded in his goal of not coming last in Saturday's slalom event.

On this sixteenth day of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Ghana’s famous Snow Leopard wasn’t last in the men’s slalom event at Whistler.

Ghana’s only winter Olympic athlete, who only began skiing six years ago, gave it his all in the men’s slalom event today at Whistler Creekside. Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong succeeded in his goal of competing rather than becoming a gimmick or a side show, in finishing both runs and beating Albanian skier Tola Erjon.

The Snow Leopard came 47th of 48 who completed both slalom runs, putting him ahead of Erjon as well as six other competitors who either didn’t finish or were disqualified. Acheampong’s combined time of 2:22.60 beat Erjon’s by more than 20 seconds.

At the other end of the finishing list, Italian Giuliano Razzoli won gold with a combined total of 1:39.32 over the two runs. It was 0.16 seconds ahead of Croatia’s Ivica Kostelic. Andre Myhrer of Sweden took bronze.

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