Along with this blog I’ve also recently started writing for some online magazines in order to build up my portfolio. Here’s a link to an article that I recently wrote for Kettle Mag on Team GB’s success in Sochi. We … 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
Today we witnessed Jenny Jones make Olympic history by securing Great Britain’s first ever medal on snow, and the first of the Sochi Games.
The 33-year-old from Bristol put down a solid second run in the snowboard slopestyle to achieve third place behind Jamie Anderson of the USA and Enni Rukajarvi of Finland. With a score of 87.25, Jones sealed the third spot by just 0.25 points over Switzerland’s Sina Candrian in a final that was full of twists, turns and surprises.
And the brilliant commentary from Ed Leigh, Tim Warwood and Aimee Fuller in the BBC commentary box left many of us around the UK in fits of excitement and floods of tears as Jones made Olympic and British history. She told BBC Sport afterwards, “I did the best run I could have done,”. Aimee Fuller unfortunately didn’t make the final after coming 9th in the semi-finals earlier in the day, but she was definitely a crowd-favourite after her front-flip off the last lip. However at only 22-years-old, Fuller is still young and so we’ll surely be seeing much more of her over the next fews years and the next Winter Olympics in South Korea.
Jones technically becomes the first Britain to win an Olympic medal on snow after Alain Baxter had his bronze in the Men’s Slalom taken away from him at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City due to the use of a Vicks’ inhaler that was on the list of banned substances. Much controversy still surrounds this event, and one must still question how the ‘substance’ could have influenced his performance in any way. The event still strikes a nerve with many of us!
But this is not to take away from any of Jenny Jones’ fantastic success. She has been a role model in British snowboarding for some time now, and has hopefully inspired a brand new generation of youngsters to pick up a snowboard and give it a go. Congratulations Jenny!
Tune into BBC Two again tomorrow to catch the Women’s Super Combined event from the Rosa Khutor alpine resort.
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
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
So it’s 2014, and Marlies Schild has ensured she’s gone into the new year smiling after achieving the record-breaking 35th win of her World Cup career. After a lack of competitive racing since her 9th place finish in the World … 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.
It’s been long awaited, and so finally, here it is… This the Ski and Snowboard Cross course for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Skier X was only introduced to the Games during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, … Continue reading
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