The ski racing world was delivered some sad news today, as four-time Olympian and Britain’s best-loved ski racer Chemmy Alcott has announced her retirement. The news comes after Alcott enjoyed her fourth Winter Olympics in Sochi in February, finishing 19th … Continue reading
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
Yesterday we witnessed the official opening of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, and despite the controversy surrounding the event, the Russians put on a good show. This show wasn’t however, without its mishaps… There was an Olympic ring that … Continue reading
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
Have you been wondering who’s going to be representing Team GB in the ski racing stakes at next month’s Winter Olympics? Well look no further, these are the four individuals hoping they’ll be on the plane to Sochi in just … 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.
Now this is certainly not an attack on the BBC, it is more of a plea to them to improve their coverage of British athletes at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi next year. This criticism is being voiced therefore, … Continue reading