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In Familiar Territory

From the Fall 2007 issue In today’s world of ski racing, the “home hill advantage” can be the difference between gold and no medals. John Kucera cited the edge he found from racing the Lake Louise downhill in Nor-Am events three years before his spectacular win at the opening World Cup race last season. In … More »

A Season to Remember

Let the numbers do the talking. Canada’s top alpine exponents won a record 14 medals on the World Cup circuit last season, solving the riddle of inconsistent snow conditions time after time. Twelve of the podiums were gained on the men’s side, including two golds. Jan Hudec added a World Championship silver in what is … More »

Quality, not quantity

Who doesn’t like watching skiers descend while they ascend comfortably perched up in a chairlift seat. Because of my interest in ski technique, I can’t help but notice a few of the most common faults made by the general skiing public. One of the most obvious has to do with edging. Carving is the big … More »

Torino 2006: Racer ready?

There has been a lot of talk about Canada’s prospects in Torino, especially on the heels of the Athens Summer Games. The past two years have seen a new spirit of leadership coming from the National Sport Organizations (NSO), a heightened priority by the NSO and the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) to seamlessly integrate Olympic … More »

Trust can lead to success

To believe every option has been explored takes extraordinary focus. It also includes an all-important ingredient of teamwork: trust. For nearly a decade I enjoyed a close relationship with one member of our team who was largely invisible. Hans Ramelmueller was the man responsible for the tools of the trade—our skis. This was a relationship … More »

Eggxactly how do they do it?

What is the secret ingredient that allows some racers to succeed against the best in the world, while others appear to be in deep water? Let’s eliminate the clichés at the outset. It’s not desire, hard work, a burning will to win or fear of failure because I’ve known Pontiac Cup racers with those attributes … More »

Right Idea, Wrong Winter

From Fall 2005 issue Unfortunately, making predictions for Ski Canada requires exactor talent and last winter was the perfect quinella. I basically eliminated all the male racers in the world but two, Miller and Raich, and said “pick one.” That much I had right, but I was wrong when I picked Raich. He took a … More »

Ready, Aim, Fire!

One of the toughest challenges we face in building a successful ski racing program is meeting the needs of today while also investing in the future. There are, in fact, three objectives in play to deliver success on the snow. The first is to ensure our very best athletes have what they need. The second … More »

Canada’s best from Greene to Grandi

Thomas Grandi’s 2004-05 World Cup ski racing season was so good it needs some historical perspective wrapped around it to be properly appreciated. Going into this season, his 12th on the circuit, Grandi had built a fairly convincing case that he could be considered Canada’s all-time best male technical racer in the 38-year history of … More »

ski racing

In Familiar Territory

From the Fall 2007 issue In today’s world of ski racing, the “home hill advantage” can be the difference between gold and no medals. John Kucera cited the edge he found from racing the Lake Louise downhill in Nor-Am events three years before his spectacular win at the opening World Cup race last season. In … More »

A Season to Remember

Let the numbers do the talking. Canada’s top alpine exponents won a record 14 medals on the World Cup circuit last season, solving the riddle of inconsistent snow conditions time after time. Twelve of the podiums were gained on the men’s side, including two golds. Jan Hudec added a World Championship silver in what is … More »

Quality, not quantity

Who doesn’t like watching skiers descend while they ascend comfortably perched up in a chairlift seat. Because of my interest in ski technique, I can’t help but notice a few of the most common faults made by the general skiing public. One of the most obvious has to do with edging. Carving is the big … More »

Torino 2006: Racer ready?

There has been a lot of talk about Canada’s prospects in Torino, especially on the heels of the Athens Summer Games. The past two years have seen a new spirit of leadership coming from the National Sport Organizations (NSO), a heightened priority by the NSO and the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) to seamlessly integrate Olympic … More »

Trust can lead to success

To believe every option has been explored takes extraordinary focus. It also includes an all-important ingredient of teamwork: trust. For nearly a decade I enjoyed a close relationship with one member of our team who was largely invisible. Hans Ramelmueller was the man responsible for the tools of the trade—our skis. This was a relationship … More »

Eggxactly how do they do it?

What is the secret ingredient that allows some racers to succeed against the best in the world, while others appear to be in deep water? Let’s eliminate the clichés at the outset. It’s not desire, hard work, a burning will to win or fear of failure because I’ve known Pontiac Cup racers with those attributes … More »

Right Idea, Wrong Winter

From Fall 2005 issue Unfortunately, making predictions for Ski Canada requires exactor talent and last winter was the perfect quinella. I basically eliminated all the male racers in the world but two, Miller and Raich, and said “pick one.” That much I had right, but I was wrong when I picked Raich. He took a … More »

Ready, Aim, Fire!

One of the toughest challenges we face in building a successful ski racing program is meeting the needs of today while also investing in the future. There are, in fact, three objectives in play to deliver success on the snow. The first is to ensure our very best athletes have what they need. The second … More »

Canada’s best from Greene to Grandi

Thomas Grandi’s 2004-05 World Cup ski racing season was so good it needs some historical perspective wrapped around it to be properly appreciated. Going into this season, his 12th on the circuit, Grandi had built a fairly convincing case that he could be considered Canada’s all-time best male technical racer in the 38-year history of … More »

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