Well well, haven’t the Winter Olympics been just what the doctor ordered? With the miserable weather here in the UK trying to dampen our spirits, we’ve been delivered a dose of sunshine with the winning of not one, but two … Continue reading
Whether you’re a ski racer or not, stop what you’re doing and take the next couple of minutes to enjoy this rather innovative piece of journalism from the New York Times on Ted Ligety’s skiing technique. The article can be … Continue reading
Following our previous post we caught up with racer, blogger and author of ‘Skiing isn’t Everything’ Tucker Marshall to find out a bit more about his career and how racing was going the other side of the Atlantic… 1. How … Continue reading
A great read for current and ex-racers, as well as their parents. Looking back on my days as a snow competitor you really do realise skiing isn’t everything and there are more important things in life. Still, that doesn’t mean I didn’t love it, and I would not swap those racing days for anything!
Ski races are not known to be the happiest places on earth. You’ve got a few different personalities in the crowd at a ski race, and this is how it usually breaks down.
You’ve got the winner. This guy is psyched. He just beat everyone there. The only thing he is trying to figure out is a good response to the question, “how’d it go?” “Oh, I won,” sounds too pompous, “I did pretty good,” too cavalier. Seriously, it’s an awkward question for the winner, but they’ll figure out that you beat them later so for now, a simple “great” usually does the trick.
Next you’ve got the guys who were close, literal and relative to skill/age. They like to keep that smile on their faces and congratulate those around them, which is usually genuine. They are content but not satisfied. At the back of their heads there is this incessant nagging…
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With the 22nd Winter Olympics days away from starting, Team GB have published the list of athletes who will be representing Britain in Sochi. The lucky contenders in the skiing and snowboarding stakes shapes up a little something like this… … Continue reading
Following Michael Schumacher‘s skiing crash in the French resort of Meribel a few weeks ago, (he recently underwent a third surgery), and the many discussions that were sparked over the use of helmets whilst on the slopes, we thought we … Continue reading
Yesterday Lindsey Vonn announced via her Facebook that she will no longer be competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The American said, “The reality has sunk in that my knee is just too unstable to compete at this … Continue reading
With 50 days to go until Sochi and our rather ‘ranty’ post a few weeks ago about the BBC’s coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics, we’ve done some research into the coverage for 2014 and found some pleasing results. This … Continue reading
We’ve all been there, the sometimes perplexed look you are given after telling someone you’re a ski racer, which is often followed by the question – “What’s ski racing?” There is no denying that alpine ski racing is a minority … Continue reading
Currently, only eight British winter sport athletes receive money directly from UK Sport, and none of our alpine ski racers are included in this number. The organisation stopped their funding of British racers earlier this year for a number of reasons, and athletes now more than ever have to raise their own funds or secure sponsorship in order to continuing competing at a professional level and representing their country.
Many athletes have been turning to organising their own fundraisers in order to drum up the money needed to help fund their £50,000+ a year programme and help them on their road to Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics. In October, Chemmy Alcott and Dougie Crawford hosted a Sochi fundraiser in London that included a Question of Sport Live Winter Olympic Special, and later this month Dave Ryding will host his own fundraiser race at Castleford Sno Zone – See the Events page for more details or the event flyer here.
We personally think it is ridiculous that so many talented athletes have to worry about funding their own careers when this time could be spent training. We know money is short, but the point we are trying to make is how can the current and younger skiers coming through the system progress to a professional level if they are not given the funding to do so in the first place because of past results. Vicious circle anyone? We understand that UK Sport has an extremely tough role deciding who receives funding and who doesn’t, so we will be delving further into this topic very soon. But enough about us, we would love to hear what you think about this highly contested issue?
Do you think our British alpine skiers should receive funding? Or do you think it is fair that athletes fund themselves when competing in a minority sport? Or do you have a completely differing view? Please let us know by answering the poll below and feel free to leave any comments in the comment box at the bottom of the page.
Anyone wishing to help out our British racers can do so by donating via the British Ski and Snowboard website. Any donations will go directly to support athletes and their coaches. Team GB currently has eight spots for alpine skiers to go to Sochi, and whilst some have already made the qualifying criteria, others are currently working their way towards this.