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  • Training for my return a glorious whirlwind | Skiing | CBC Sports
    next step in my training I expected nerves to sneak in but for now I m happy to say I feel a true sense of normalcy This is what I m trained to do this is what I m meant to do It was being on the operating table in the rehab rooms and endless months in the gym where I was uncomfortable It s a good feeling to be normal again and for me that s in a World Cup DH start gate getting set to travel at over 120 km h Ski racing never easy Don t get me wrong I don t expect this to be easy Ski racing is never easy but easy isn t what I signed up for I do expect to go out there confidently and strongly I plan to attack the hill but also to take a rounder calmer line I m not looking to risk for a win My hope is to come away from this week with more confidence and a strengthened passion for this sport I also hope to see my knee react well to the added stress This track is also my favourite St Moritz holds strong roots to my past with my first World Cup first world championships and family ties to my first coach Peter Bassin all there For me it s a second home on the circuit Athlete injury debrief Survey up and running As I start to come out the other side of injury my passion for this sport hasn t waned If anything my commitment to making it safer has only strengthened so we can see more young Canadians have the opportunities I had n the spring of 2011 Kelly McBroom and I partnered with Dr Meeuwisse leading sport and safety researcher and the University of Calgary to help us better understand the ahtlete s perspective on injury This has been passed through the ethics board and reviewed by people with far more acronyms after their name that I thought possible This survey was made by athletes for athletes We want to know what you went through so we can help make the sport of Alpine Skiing as safe as possible Many athletes filled out a survey last spring that will be very similar to this We d like to ask all of those athletes to fill it out again since there have been significant changes in how the data is being collected and analyzed If you fit the criteria for the survey it will take approximately 10 minutes to complete If you don t then this will take less than one minute of your time Here are the links and please spread the word The more responses we get the safer we can see this sport become For FIS Athletes Age15 Please visit https www surveymonkey com s AlpineAthleteInjuryDebrief For K2 Athletes Click below to see if you apply to take this survey https www surveymonkey com s K2AlpineAthleteInjuryDebrief This survey is

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  • When plans fall apart, the real magic happens | Skiing | CBC Sports
    my plans didn t go as I d hoped or expected I suppose it s life s unexpected moments and opportunities that can be the true magic of living Luckily I have been supported in a way that gave me the pause and perspective to see them I m now in top training form on the hill and hope to start introducing racing elements soon I m proud of the work I ve done to get here and look forward to the challenges that lay ahead Although the last two years haven t gone to plan they have taught me to find the beauty in that the beauty in letting go When I was racing on the World Cup circuit I learned to let go of my course plan my expectations and my judgments in order to free myself to perform It was then that I achieved my personal bests I suppose I m now learning that this injury and this life is following a similar plan As soon as I m able to let a plan go things start to fall into place and the real magic happens Nerves Just last week I tweeted Wouldn t life be boring if you never felt nervous I was referring to a training session I had just done with Manuel Osborne Paradis where we jumped off the crest of a hill that had never been done before It was a perfect natural jump but the nervous feeling approaching the lip of the hill for the first time when all you could see below was the valley was exhilarating In that moment I felt truly alive Now I m not saying we should all start throwing our bodies down mountains to feel this way What I am saying is that pushing our limits every now and the is an incredible way to live Some people assume I m an adrenaline junkie since I choose to go 140km h down an icy mountain for a living However for me finishing my first painting was just as exhilarating as jumping down that hill with Manny last week It s that sense of the unknown that keeps me exploring my own psyche and the world around me This coming Sunday I ll be going out of my comfort zone again as I prepare to call my first full ski race on TV a women s World Cup slalom in Kranjska Gora Slovenia From there I may be off to Europe myself to see how my knee holds up on full courses My fingers are crossed that I ll get the required clearance to take that next step I ve enjoyed watching the World Cup unfold this season but it s never quite the same from a distance It will be good for my soul after so much work to be back around the White Circus World Cup Tour Even if I m not in full swing it s a start Looking ahead Upon reflection I suppose

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  • Christmas shopping tips for athletes | Skiing | CBC Sports
    what I ll get people down filled items Nothing big though so mittens it is Next idea carbon fibre is light Perhaps a pen or watch made out of this material will do They would be small too I m liking these options Dad please forget the above paragraph No spoiler alert here Shop til you drop The next biggest restriction we face is time When some athletes have been known to train on Christmas day it s no surprise that present shopping isn t a high priority especially from the coaching staff s perspective Day to day our focus is filled with training video meetings food rest physio and fitness It s no surprise that days rush by and Christmas comes upon us faster than Erik Guay can race down a mountain Shopping while on the road is an option if you can get to a nearby city centre This can be difficult since most of us don t have access to a vehicle leaving hitch hiking as the only viable option However standing on the side of the road with your thumb raised is dangerous at the best of times On the side of an icy narrow mountain road it s downright crazy So let s scratch that idea Finally it comes down to planning ahead Yes men s team I said planning ahead On average athletes will have five to 10 potential shopping days while home between September and Christmas In those 10 days realistically half of them are spent attending to daily life activities reading through your stack of old mail coffee drinking with rarely seen friends plucking your overgrown eyebrows you know the usual So two to five days of shopping is a more realistic estimate That means efficiency is key If you re a fast enough racer you may own a luxury car fast enough to help you race form store to store but most of us are left to normal modes of transportation So grab those days when they present themselves and shop till you drop Exotic expectations We are extremely lucky to get to travel the world as we do Sadly this leads some family members to develop heightened expectations for exotic and exciting gifts from abroad So I began to brainstorm for exotic items that are light fast inexpensive and widely available in our mountainous environment Then it hit me exotic Swill Alps snow What better present especially when asked frequently how European snow differs from Canada s But be warned even though it s exotic it doesn t differ in the simple property that snow melts You can see where I m going with this Therefore I advise you to stick to the local nick nacks for your first year or two with the team However by year 12 of travelling to the same locations your family may wane from its previous excitement over receiving a coaster from Munich s famed Hofbrauhaus Planning perfection Again this all comes down to

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  • Gisin bests Vonn in final World Cup downhill tuneup
    don t even need to inspect I know the hill so well I know what I have to do if I want to get a good result here so it s just a matter of executing I still have a lot of confidence from what I ve been able to do here in the past That always helps me every year to believe in myself The 27 year old from Burnsville Minn was second to Switzerland s Dominique Gisin in the final training run for the first of two downhills starting Friday Gisin s Swiss teammate Marianne Kaufmann Aberhalden was third Canadian developmental team skier Sarah Freeman of Pincher Creek Alta was 56th It remains to be seen if Vonn s personal life intrudes on her skiing both at Lake Louise and during the season Prior to arriving in Canada the reigning Olympic women s downhill champion confirmed she s divorcing Thomas Vonn her husband of four years He oversaw many aspects of Vonn s skiing career Physical adversity Vonn has raced through adversity of a more physical kind at Lake Louise before and won She s also still skiing fast Vonn won the season opening giant slalom in Soelden Austria After skipping a slalom race Sunday in Aspen Colo to rest a sore back Vonn was first third and second respectively in three training runs at Lake Louise I think Lindsey is skiing really well said her American teammate Julia Mancuso She had a really good summer of training Vonn became the first American woman to capture Olympic gold in downhill at the 2010 Winter Games in Whistler B C despite a painful shin injury She s now a brand that transcends the sport of skiing Vonn has appeared in Sports Illustrated s swimsuit addition and has also won ESPN s award for top female athlete two years running In her acceptance speech at the ESPY s this year Vonn asked Justin Bieber for a photo for her Facebook page and the Canadian pop star granted her request The two downhills and super G at the Lake Louise Winterstart World Cup are the first speed events of the season and thus give winners a head start in the race for points Vonn won three straight overall World Cup crowns before Riesch Hoegl edged her out of a fourth by three points last season The German considers Vonn the favourite at Lake Louise This is definitely the case Riesch Hoegel said She s always hard to beat here in Lake Louise She s had even more wins and podiums than I have After an adventurous couple of years racing at Lake Louise Vonn s goal is mistake free runs here Hopefully something a little less dramatic she said I d just like to have a clean run with no mistakes and preferably not bite my tongue or fall The Canadian Press 2011 Share Tools Report Typo Send Feedback Latest skiing Stories Larisa Yurkiw dropped from national ski team Downhill ski

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  • Heavy snow wipes out 1st training run at Lake Louise
    team spent Wednesday free skiing the mountain The first of three scheduled training runs was cancelled because of a major snowfall overnight Lake Louise Ski Resort reported 30 centimetres fell in a 24 hour period Snowfall was expected to taper off by evening and crews were to work overnight in an effort to get the mountain ready for Thursday s training session Ten Canadians are participating in training runs They are Guay Calgary s Jan Hudec and John Kucera Kelby Halbert of Bradford Ont Louis Pierre Helie of Berthierville Que Ben Thomsen of Invermere B C Ottawa s Ryan Semple Dustin Cook of Lac Sainte Marie Que and Robbie Dixon and Conrad Pretty of Whistler B C As many as nine will race this weekend Slow starter Guay is a self described slow starter and when it comes to Lake Louise he s even more understated He won his first World Cup medal there a silver in men s downhill in 2003 But Guay has mixed feelings about the lone Canadian stop on the men s speed circuit Typically as a team we do really well at Lake Louise Guay said I can t say I do well here because I typically don t although I had my first World Cup podium ever here It s a great place to start because you re at home and your friends and family are there but it s also a tough place to start because you have that extra pressure and stress of performing in front of the home crowd And it s the first race of the year so you don t really know how you are going to do So it s kind of a love hate relationship for me at Lake Louise Guay was fifth in both downhill and super G at the 2010 Winter Olympics In order to compete in Sochi Russia in 2014 he knew he had to do something about his back Honestly I didn t know if I was going to be able to make it to 2014 with the way my back was going so I thought it was a good time to take a step back try to deal with my back problems and try and get myself healthy for the long term Guay said Canadian men s coach Paul Kristofic agrees with Guay s strategy after watching how much therapy and warmup the athlete required just to get through last season Very uncomfortable for him Kristofic said He didn t race last year all of January pretty much He skipped a month of racing before the world championships just to try to sort this out As for his lighter frame Guay points out that American skier Darren Ralves was no heavyweight yet won a world title in super G and several World Cup medals There s all sorts of shapes and sizes out there and lots of different guys win races Kristofic agreed The challenge when you don t have as much

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  • Alpine star Raich back on slopes after surgery
    Updated Aug 18 2011 9 12 AM ET Benjamin Raich hopes to compete in the season opening giant slalom race on Oct 23 at Garmisch Partenkirchen where he crashed at last winter s world championships Christophe Pallot Agence Zoom Getty Images Austrian skier Benjamin Raich has resumed training six months after left knee surgery following a crash during the world championships in Germany The 33 year old Raich was back on skis for the first time Wednesday for a practice session at the Rettenbach glacier in Soelden Austria Raich said earlier he was hoping to start at the season opening giant slalom race at the same course on Oct 23 The 2007 overall World Cup champion who has won 35 World Cup races tore ligaments and damaged his cartilage and meniscus during the first run of the parallel slalom team event at the worlds in Garmisch Partenkirchen in February The Associated Press 2011 Share Tools Report Typo Send Feedback Latest skiing Stories Larisa Yurkiw dropped from national ski team Downhill ski racer Larisa Yurkiw says she is no longer a member of the national ski team although she still hopes to represent Canada at the Sochi Olympics next year more Alpine Canada adds famed Italian coach Max Carca to staff Alpine Canada unveiled plans for its new look coaching staff Friday as it prepares for next season and the 2014 Sochi Winter Games with latest addition Massimo Carca more Maxime Dufour Lapointe Bilodeau win dual moguls events at nationals Montreal s Maxime Dufour Lapointe won the women s dual mogul event at the season ending national mogul championships Sunday in Val St Come Que more Marie Michèle Gagnon wins 4th straight Canadian women s slalom title Marie Michèle Gagnon didn t have much trouble in claiming her fourth straight national slalom title on Tuesday at the Alpine Canadian Championships in Whistler B C winning the race in a time of one minute 40 44 seconds for her ninth Canadian title in four different disciplines more Alpine skiing season s best Excitement is building less than a year out from the alpine skiing competition at the Sochi Olympics and we look at the top performers from the 2012 13 FIS World Cup season in our photo gallery more More Headlines more skiing stories video audio OPINION All Contributors Vanderbeek Kelly Vanderbeek Lessons learned from alpine ski worlds Feb 18 2013 8 56 AM Kelly Vanderbeek Alpine ski worlds have been anything but predictable Feb 12 2013 12 02 AM Kelly Vanderbeek Expect the unexpected at alpine ski worlds Feb 6 2013 11 09 AM Kelly Vanderbeek Kitzbuehel a definite bucket list item Jan 24 2013 11 21 PM More Opinion Hockey Night Online Watch Now Blackhawks put Kings in 0 2 series hole Watch Now NHL Highlights Blackhawks put Kings in 0 2 hole PODCAST Hockey Night Online on iTunes Radio Weekdays 3 5 pm ET on SiriusXM Hockey Night Radio with Rob Pizzo French Open Tennis Tennis Daily scoreboard schedule

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  • Canada's former skeleton star Pain to guide women's ski jump team
    If we can keep these girls in the sport longer then we can really move the program forward In the past many of the Canadian women ski jumpers would quit after high school since the sport wasn t a part of the Olympics Now with ski jumping s inclusion on the Olympic roster Pain hopes the sport will gain exposure and additional funding on top of the initial 300 000 If you look at my budget there s definitely more money needed he said Much like in skeleton we had some results we had world champion Ryan Davenport we had myself then we got Olympic medals and it grew from there it s the chicken and egg thing Ken Read Director of Winter Sport for Own the Podium said that it s a relatively short time line and what appears to be a modest budget to expect podium results but medals are possible Using the success of the ski cross program as an example he says that the first step is to identify podium potential establish direction and build the resources from there With ski jumping and nordic combined comprising ten per cent of the overall medal count at the Olympics the inclusion of the women s event may mean more than just a victory in equality By putting these athletes on the Olympic podium Canada s shot at topping the medal table at the Games increases substantially We saw that there were 90 plus medals sitting there and Canada was winning none of them Read said That represents nearly 40 per cent of the Olympic program If we have an overall goal of trying to finish first we can t simply walk away from such a large group of sports If we end up just focusing on what we call the low hanging fruit the sports that we re very competitive in or it s going to be relatively easy to win medals and shy away from ones that are hard then we re going to end up finding ourselves very limited Winsport Canada has committed to upgrading facilities at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary including relocating the chairlift closerto the jump and adding another one improving drainage issues creating a women s locker room and a weight training area Realistically we re only here to do one thing be the best in the world If our athletes are going to compete somewhere in the world and our facilities aren t the best in the world then we ve let them down Its just not fair said Winsport President Dan O Neil We re here to help people win The Canadian Press 2011 Share Tools Report Typo Send Feedback Latest skiing Stories Larisa Yurkiw dropped from national ski team Downhill ski racer Larisa Yurkiw says she is no longer a member of the national ski team although she still hopes to represent Canada at the Sochi Olympics next year more Alpine Canada adds famed Italian coach Max Carca to

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