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Black Diamond: Calendaring issues need to be thought through

By Gary Black; – CEO & Managing Partner, Ski Racing International llc

Future calendars were the critical agenda items for the FIS World Cup Committee meeting in Zurich early this month. Fortunately for the circuit, decisions were tabled for further deliberation. The postponement was the best solution to what are complex and difficult calendaring considerations and one which puts much more than scheduling at stake. At the […]

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On the Fly: Change is in the air

By Pete Rugh;

Athletes are intrinsically driven by progress, and the U.S. Ski team’s unprecedented success at the Vancouver Olympic Games created a firestorm that has the Center of Excellence gym teeming with athletes preparing to be the next Hannah, Billy, Lindsey or Bode. With a new quadrennial (four year block before an Olympic Games) also came change. […]

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Daron Rahlves, Bobby Cochran to be inducted into Ski Hall of Fame

By Pete Rugh;

World Champion ski racer  Daron Rahlves, (Truckee, CA), one of the world’s most noted big mountain skiers, the late Shane McConkey (formerly of Squaw Valley, CA) and iconic skiing legend Glen Plake, (Heavenly, CA) are among a roster of six skiers and builders named as inductees to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame’s […]

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U.S. Ski Team Names 2011 Freestyle Squad

By Pete Rugh;

Olympic medalists Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT), Bryon Wilson (Butte, MT) and Jeret “Speedy” Peterson (Boise, ID) headline the 2011 U.S. Freestyle Ski Team. The Team announced its 2011 roster at Deer Valley Thursday with an autograph signing for local clubs and families at the 2011 Freestyle World Championships venue. The Team named 28 athletes to […]

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Petrick tabbed to head Rossignol North America

By Pete Rugh;

Tim Petrick, currently Group Rossignol’s Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing, has been promoted to the position of President of North American operations based in Park City, Utah. Petrick is taking over for Francois Goulet who has resigned to pursue new interests. Goulet will continue running Group Rossignol’s North American operations in a transitional capacity […]

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Inside the Ski Racing Mind: Fear of Total Failure

By Jim Taylor; – Contributor

In my very first Kids&Culture Alert! e-newsletter published in April of 2005, I discussed the sad epidemic of fear of failure that I found to be rampant in America at that time.  Well, over five years later, fear of failure is still the most pervasive and debilitating issue among young athletes and other high achievers […]

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Frenette Sets New Hill Record at Flaming Leaves

By Pete Rugh;

The two-time Olympic village of Lake Placid, New York shined like a highly polished Olympic gold medal over the weekend, deep in the Autumn season, with leaves ablaze with color. The best ski jumpers in America made their annual journey to this town for the annual Flaming Leaves Ski Jumping tournament. This summer has proven […]

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The World Cup According to Grande: The Prep Period Noise

By Pete Rugh;

We are only two weeks from the opener at Soelden, Austria. It generally signals the end of the preparation period for the GS groups. It does signal the beginning of the World Cup season and gets us addicts drooling with anticipation. It is a big race because it defines where a World Cup program is […]

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Innovator Georges Salomon dies

By Pete Rugh;

Georges Salomon passed away peacefully last week at the age of 85. He is best remembered in the ski industry as the inventor of release bindings, but built the Salomon brand from a small workshop producing ski edges to a major world-leading ski and binding company. Survived by his wife, Perry, and two sons, Salomon […]

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FIS Confirms Beaver Creek World Cup Dates, adds Super-G

By Pete Rugh;

While the buzz over Vail and Beaver Creek’s 2015 FIS World Alpine Ski Championships victory this past June continues throughout the international ski community, the valley’s annual ski racing legacy was further bolstered recently as the World Cup Committee once again confirmed a three-race schedule for Birds of Prey this coming winter at the FIS […]

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