Calgary, Alta. (February 14, 2020) – Alpine Canada, Canada Snowboard and The Canadian Ski Council are pleased to announce that the sixth-annual National Ski and Snowboard Day will be held on Saturday, Feb 29th  and Sunday, March 1st, 2020.  National Ski and Snowboard Day allow Canadians from coast-to-coast to celebrate the power of winter snow sports while making dreams come true. A portion of the proceeds from lift ticket sales at participating resorts across Canada will go towards supporting Canada’s best ski and snowboard athletes.

Canada’s ski and snowboard federations have partnered to offer Canadian’s the ability to support our countries elite athlete’s as they work towards reaching their dreams of standing on the podium while encouraging Canadians to get outside and explore the beauty of skiing and snowboarding.

“Alpine Canada is once again a proud partner of National Ski and Snowboard Day alongside our colleagues at the Canadian Ski Council and Canada Snowboard,” said Vania Grandi, President and CEO of Alpine Canada. “It’s exciting in our 100th year for all of us to come together to celebrate such a great Canadian pastime and the training ground for Canada’s best snow sport athletes. We invite all Canadians to join us on the slopes on February 29th and March 1st to help support our national team athletes while enjoying some of the best ski areas Canada has to offer.

“National Ski and Snowboard Day is an opportunity to celebrate all the things that we love about our sport.  The fresh air, great snow and beautiful resort vistas are what makes skiing and snowboarding unique among winter activities.  The other important part of our sport is the family and social atmosphere that can be found at resorts across Canada.  National Ski and Snowboard Day is the best opportunity for people to experience or, perhaps reconnect, with friends, family and memories that are made over a lifetime of skiing and snowboarding.  The Canadian Ski Council encourages Canadians to get out and be active in winter and to help raise funds for our athletes by taking part in National Ski and Snowboard Day.” states Paul Pinchbeck, President & CEO, Canadian Ski Council.

“National Ski and Snowboard day is truly an amazing opportunity to come together and celebrate the ski and snowboard culture that Canada is known for,” said Dustin Heise, Executive Director at Canada Snowboard. “With the support of our resort partners, every Canadian that participates can proudly know that they are contributing to the success of our athletes that will inspire the next generation.”

This year Audi Canada will be partnering up with the event to give you and a friend a chance to sign up for an Audi experience that Money Can’t Buy!

For a full list of participating ski resorts and more information on the Audi Money Can’t Buy experience please visit: hittheslopes.ca

 

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About Canadian Ski Council

Founded in 1977, the Canadian Ski Council is a national, not-for-profit ski and snowboard organization whose mandate is to increase participation in recreational skiing, snowboarding, and cross-country skiing in Canada.

 

About Canada Snowboard

Canada Snowboard is the national governing body for snowboarding in Canada. With the support of valued corporate partners like The Canadian Tire Corporation, Mackenzie Financial, FA Design, Burton Snowboards, Zanier Gloves, and Mazda Canada, along with the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee, and the Canadian Paralympic Committee; Canada Snowboard is committed to high performance excellence in FIS World Cup, World Championships, World Snowboard Tour and Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games competition. Canada Snowboard also provides a wide range of programs and support services based on established principles of long-term athlete development. For more information on the services and programs offered by Canada Snowboard, visit: www.canadasnowboard.ca

 

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Calgary, AB (February 16, 2020) – What a day for the Canadian women in Kranjska Gora, SLO! Under beautiful blue skies Erin Mielzynski (Collingwood, ON), Roni Remme (Collingwood, ON) and Ali Nullmeyer (Toronto, ON) all put together two strong runs for some of their best finishes of the season. Mielzynski led the team finishing in 14th place while Remme and Nullmeyer finished in 17th and 19th respectively.

It was a great day for the team after a stint on the NorAm circuit in Ontario! Although Mielzynski wasn’t entirely happy with her day but knows she can push even harder next time.

“I was very disappointed in my first run. I got a gate in the face at the top of the pitch, which cut my chin, and sometimes that adds fuel to the fire, but it made me hold back. I was 8th on the second run and my skiing was more similar to training, so I’m happier with that. I am still off my training pace, which is frustrating, but I’ll keep fighting.”

For Remme, who has been busy this season racing both the World Cup and collegiate circuits, the finish was a step in the right direction but she has more in the tank and coming up on the anniversary of her World Cup podium last year in Crans Montana she is as determined as ever.

“Getting to race in the NorAms in Collingwood last week refreshing, it’s a totally different environment, and it can help to change the race rhythm a bit. Now back in Europe at the World Cups I’m just trying to keep some of those same attitudes. It’s not the race I wanted today, but it’s important that I am back in the points so I can build on that.” said Remme.

Nullmeyer, who had previously never raced the World Cup in Kranjska Gora was happy with how her skiing is progressing and excited for a strong last six weeks of the season.

As Nullmeyer reflected, “Today felt really good. I was really happy with my first run, but I held back a little bit on the second. Overall, I’m really stoked with how today went! It was nice to keep the momentum going after the Ontario NorAms and feels really good to get another top 20 finish!”

Laurence St-Germain (Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges, QC) did not finish her first run. The women will be back at it next weekend in Crans Montana, SUI.

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2020-02-12

Results are nice, but it was the process, the on-going effort to perfect the alpine ski technique on a course that is not particularly forgiving, that truly drives the devoted athletes of the Adanac Ski Club.

Taking part in the Technica Cup Races last month in Sudbury, the local contingent were joined by young skiers representing Searchmont, Elliot Lake, Mattawa, North Bay and Timmins, one and all focused on those small details that translate to key seconds off the clock, as they weave their way through the gates of the Adanac ski hill.

“I was happy with my races today,” suggested 14-year-old Clara Dissanayake, a grade 10 student at Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School. “I’m trying to grip my edges in the ice more. When the snow gets pushed away, it’s really easy to just slip out sometimes.”

“I need to always stay forward because if you get thrown back, you’re a lot more likely to crash,” she added.

And while Dissanayake first took to the slopes at Mont Ste Marie, located about an hour across the Quebec border from Ottawa, and home to a part-time residence of her grandparents, she fully understands that the local hill she first descended at the age of seven offers a particular value for those who train with the Adanac Ski Club.

“I think skiing Adanac is actually really good for some people because every turn you make is so important because it’s such a short race,” she said. “It’s really good to help improve the technical part of your skiing, instead of just speed.”

Similarly, while Gabey Laurin enjoyed a general awareness of the technical requirements of alpine skiing from time spent on the local hill, as well as family excursions to Boyne, Mont Ste Anne and Vermont, in her youth, the move to ski racing was predicated on a hope to fine-tune her technique, even further.

“It was about being able to get on your edge, to go faster and make better turns,” said the fellow 14-year-old clubmate. “Getting on your edge is kind of tipping your skies over, and it just kind of grabs the snow. And we wanted to ski safer, by learning to control your speed.”

A grade nine student at Lo-Ellen, Laurin then translates this new-found knowledge, working on the elements that are specific to the race environment. “I’ve been working on getting earlier and turning before the gate, rather than getting really late on and not having good turns,” she said.

“If you do it right, your turn is basically done before you get to the gate. The biggest transition is learning to go from just skiing, to getting the line right and having your turns really good.”

“Today, my turns were not as good as they could have been, but I was happy with how smooth it was, and how I placed, too.”

Part of the advancement, overall, with the club this season comes from the addition of head coach Jeremy Ramshaw, the newcomer to Adanac having already made in-roads with experienced members of his team.

“He’s really good,” beamed 15-year-old Matt Bamberger, who finished second only to Jackson Moore-McLeod (Searchmont) on the Saturday run, with Adanac teammate Connor Woods squeezing between the two in the U16 grouping on Sunday.

“He’s better at explaining, helping you understand what you need to do, and why it’s important to do that,” added the grade 10 student at Confederation Secondary. “I have trouble keeping my upper body and my lower body separated – and no one had ever told me that before.”

Now before you start thinking that this is anatomically impossible, Bamberger will explain. “When you are going down the course, you want your upper body to stay within the corridor of the gates, and your feet kind of just dangle under you and turn,” he said.

“Your upper body should stay still, and your feet should do all the work.”

Following are top three results, for the Adanac skiers, from both the Technica Cup races, as well as the Home Hardware Classic in Mattawa later in the month:

Technica Cup – Sudbury
U12B – Bradley Laurin – 1st / 1st
U12B – Tomas Corsi – 2nd / 2nd
U12B – Gordon Farrell – 3rd
U12B – Benjamin Hardwick – 3rd
U12G – Ella St Onge Winckel – 2nd
U12G – Ava Woods – 2nd
U14B – Paolo Grossi – 1st / 1st
U14B – Jonah Gibson 3rd
U14G – Sophie Huneault – 3rd
U16B – Matt Bamberger – 2nd / 3rd
U16B – Connor Woods – 3rd / 2nd
U16G – Clara Dissanayake – 1st / 3rd
U16G – Pascale Green – 2nd
U16G – Gabey Laurin – 2nd
U16G – Julia Prosperi – 3rd

Home Hardware Classic – Mattawa
U12B – Ben Hardwick – 2nd / 2nd
U12B – Gordon Farrell – 3rd
U14G – Sophie Huneault – 3rd
U14B – Paolo Grossi – 1st / 2nd
U14B – Jonah Gibson – 3rd
U16G – Sydney Coe – 2nd / 2nd
U16G – Clara Dissanayake – 3rd
U16B – Matt Bamberger – 1st / 3rd
U16B – Connor Woods – 3rd / 2nd

Submitted by SODST Coaching Staff….”The SODST is about halfway through its on-snow season. The team has been divided in three these last few weeks – the girls in the Collingwood Nor-Am Cup, some boys out west with Bebe at the Kimberley Speed events and some boys at home training with me (Jacques). Training at home means we rely on the Escarpment clubs to host us and for that, I  would like to thank the clubs and their program leaders for their support this winter. When at these clubs, it’s a great chance for SOD to promote the team and the FIS (U19) competitive level in general. We’ve been to several clubs, Craigleith, Osler, The Peaks and Beaver Valley who went overboard to welcome Duncan Waugh home (see photo of Duncan here). This club truly had a welcome committee in place and they rolled out the red carpet for us!  Seeing the little kids line up along our training course and asking the boys for autographs made us all realize we are role models in this crazy sport and it’s a privilege for our teens to give back to the younger racers. Thank you Beaver Valley and Chris Daniels!

With this training block behind us, we are now in Quebec training for the Bromont, Quebec Super Series that run Feb 15-18. These series include some of the best skiers in North America so it will be a good test for us mid-way through the season. At the end of the month, we will compete in a similar series in Ottawa followed by the FIS races back home in Collingwood in March. We hope some of you can come out and cheer us on in the Ottawa and Collingwood races!

If you see us at your local club, please do not hesitate to say hello or ask us how it’s going. Representing the SOD Division is an exciting endeavour and we welcome U16 athletes to join in and parents to ask us questions. It’s how you learn so don’t be shy! ~ Jacques


Jenn Warren, Women’s Coach

My advice to the girls on the first GS day at Georgian Peaks was “Eyes wide open…” Be a sponge of information, watch and learn from all of these accomplished women athletes.  Watch their start routine, their warmup, their inspection, their mental preparation and what they eat in the lodge.  Every part of the Raymond James Nor-Am was a learning experience for the women of the SOD Ski team, including myself.  It was the first Nor-Am for each of us, and I can’t express enough what an incredible experience it was. Being part of such a huge event illuminated the importance of active engagement and real-time experiences in learning.

It is through reflection that we learn the most about our experiences, after some time and reflection I hope the girls are proud of themselves and their performance, I certainly am.  The SODST girls competed at the highest level.  They brought tenacity and intensity to each race day, they were focused and positive.  Not every turn, or every run, or every day was perfect, but that is okay, it is a work in progress.  Two great things to take away from the Nor Ams…

“Don’t strive to be perfect, it is not real.” Erin Mielzynski
“Don’t compare yourself to the rest, do it for you.” Candace Crawford

Emma Gosselin had 3 top 60 results in Slalom (52,43,40) – pictured here, image by Herman Koeslag

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Bebe Zoricic, Men’s Coach 

Four members of the SODST returned this week from 12 days in the west on the challenging speed circuit in Kimberley and Lake Louise. After 8 races (2 downhill, 4 super g, 1 GS and 1 slalom), the boys have a few memorable results and achievements:
– Robert Doman, David Bamborough and Jamie Sills Schvarcz earned their FIS first downhill points
– David and Jamie earned their first FIS SG points
– Robert finished 8th and 10th in the Kimberley DH
– Aidan finished 6th in the Kimberley SG
– David finished a 5th in the Kimberley SL
– Aidan earned his first FIS podium finishing 3rd overall in the Lake Louise SG!
– All the boys improved their SG points significantly over the 12 days.

For more information on the SODST Program including the 2020-21 Selection Criteria please visit www.sodskiteam.ca

 

 

 

 

By: Jean Allen (originally written in 2009) edited by Dave Campbell 2020

On February 8th at Craigleith we hosted the 2020 Raymond James Women’s Nor-Am Dual SL event. This marks over 35 years for Jean Allen being involved in running ski races at Craigleith.  It started as a great way to get skiing privileges at a private club as a member of Craigleith race crew.  Later, once she had kids in racing, she became a team manager for Nancy Green and Mackenzie teams (which is a great way to get involved and help support your children and the sport). As her children got older her involvement in the sport also evolved to higher levels of racing until she became the Chair of the Race Organizing Committee (ROC) for FIS and NORAM races held at Craigleith.  She also went on to take her Officials levels and has a Level 3 National TD designation.

One of the biggest challenges in running a race at the higher levels is finding enough people to volunteer to work on the hill.  It takes about 75 people to run a good quality slalom race.  The jobs vary from gatekeepers to working on crew fixing gates and keeping the course in good condition, side-slipping, timing team plus the officials.  A quote from Jean; “I have has always thought that if you have a kid in the race you should be prepared to help run the race on the hill.  The Lake Louise NORAM downhill is run for the most part by parent volunteers.  We really need your help at these races.”

Some more words from Jean: So, what do you, as a parent, get out of volunteering?  “You get the best seat in the house!”  It’s amazing to watch the kids right there on the side of the course.  They are fantastic athletes and you get a real appreciation for what it takes to succeed at this sport.  Many people tell me they are nervous about helping out in case they mess up a call on a gate, or fall in the course while side slipping.  No worries, there are always lots of people to help you and the organizers will always teach you what to do.  If you are not a strong skier there are still lots of jobs you can do.  There is a great camaraderie amongst the volunteers and we all work as a team to put the race together.

As you get more involved in the sport you should consider taking officials courses.  This may sound intimidating but it is an excellent way to learn and understand the rules of the sport and the points system.

Alpine Ontario runs several Level 1, 2 and 3 Official’s courses in the fall that are listed on the events calendar www.alpineontario.ca/calendar.  You will learn many things such as why the top point holders should finish in the top 10 or what the “c” value is.  It all helps to connect with your teenage athlete, especially when they are going through a slump.

The bottom line is that without parent volunteers ski races will not happen.  We really need the next generation of parents to step up to the plate and get involved in running races.  Over the years I have had a lot of fun and met lots of great people from across Canada and the US.

To help improve your child’s racing experience this winter get involved by volunteering and creating the best possible atmosphere for your child’s season. Let’s come together to make this winter the best season ever! If you are interested please email your Club’s RA or Alpine Ontario to find out more and how you can get involved. ~~ Jean 

Submitted by AOA High-Performance Program, Kip Harrington

Hello ski friends, and welcome to ‘Mid-Season Deep Thoughts, 2020 edition‘. There is a growing vision for ski racing in Ontario, which includes a detailed High-Performance Plan. Before I get to that I would like to talk about my good friend, former athlete and colleague, Johnny Davidson.

Son of Murray and Debbie Davidson, Johnny grew up in Ottawa. He started racing at Camp Fortune Ski Club, then went on the NCO team, the Ontario Team, then the University of Vermont NCAA team. I think there may have been a year off to live and race in Europe at some point. Then Johnny coached the UVM NCAA team while earning his MBA before joining me to coach the Canadian Men’s World Cup Technical Team and Development Team. An unforeseen twist and opportunity led Johnny to coach in Norway, where in a few short years, with a ton of hard work and success he worked his way up to the Norwegian Men’s World Cup Team. Pretty cool right? Johnny’s success is a great indicator of his passion and hard work (and it doesn’t hurt that he is one of the nicer people you will meet). He now works with some of the best skiers in the world. By that, I mean one of Johnny’s racers (age 20) started 34 at Kitzbuhel and won the first run before finishing 4th.

It was Johnny’s birthday a couple of weeks ago so I sent a message with good wishes and we got to talking. I congratulated him on his success and asked what he was working on with his racers. He said: “We are focused on doing the basics to a high standard consistently.” Now, isn’t that interesting? Skiers, among the very best in the world, focused on the basics. He also said that the Norwegian development system is strong.

I started thinking about Norway. Their population is about 5.5 million, or about 1 million less than the GTA. Ski racing is not Norway’s premier sport, that goes to Nordic skiing. Their alpine ski racing population is probably smaller than Ontario’s, and it is limited to a few regions. Yet, they consistently win at every level – World Junior Championships, Europa Cup, World Cup, World Championships, Olympic Games. How do they do that?

There is a PowerPoint presentation called “Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast” that outlines the “Attacking Viking” approach and culture. Not to spoil a good read but it makes bold statements like:

  • The Greatest Secret in Sport: Hard work = Good Results”.
  • We will train more with greater variability and with Better Quality.” 
  • “We use our physical conditioning programs to nurture and develop a culture of discipline and hard work.” 
  • “Dare to forge your own path.” 
  • “What was good enough yesterday is not good enough today.” 
  • “Alpine Ski Racing is a Team Sport.” 
  • “You are not good until you make others good.” 
  • “Take ownership of the team’s well-being and performance.” 
  • “Grit: We never give up. There are no excuses.” 
  • “Each Individual establishes the foundation for the next generation to do an even better job.”

Powerful stuff. And it is clearly working. Norway is consistently among the top alpine ski racing nations in the world. So, this is where we get to the main deep thought of 2020. Why don’t we in Ontario try to be the best in the world? I mean, we are a province, not a nation so it is beyond our scope but why wouldn’t we set out to prepare our athletes to be the best in the world? It might seem lofty but we have great athletes and coaches, and clubs and support. What is stopping us?

Looking at the Norwegian strategy document it seems lofty, but when you break it down, the words or ideas that stand out are pretty straightforward… hard work, training, physical fitness, discipline, teamwork, cooperation, innovation, ownership, pride, legacy, and culture. Easier said than done, but this is not a complex strategy. And we know from Johnny D that on hill their focus is on the basics. So again, why would Ontario not be able to do the same?

Over the last few years, Alpine Ontario has been developing a strategy for developing athletes, that has involved outreach with as many clubs and coaches as possible. And, more recently we have moved that forward to start building a more detailed High-Performance Plan, with guidance from the community, and experts in the field. It will lay out a multi-year road map. Spoiler alert, it will include many of the same basic ingredients and principles as the Norwegian culture document.

Now, for any parents reading this, we understand that developing world champions is not the primary reason (or even second or third reason) you put your kids in ski racing. We know that. But we also firmly believe that providing the best possible athletic preparation will enhance their overall experience. It will make them better skiers, more physically fit, more disciplined, more successful, better skiers for life and all-around better prepared for life.

One of the biggest concerns that parents have with supporting their kids in pursuing ski racing at a high level is the impact on academics. There is no doubt it requires hard work and discipline. But in most cases, the experience seems to push athletes to be better prepared academically, not worse. As an example, 5 of the 6 athletes on the current Ontario Ski Team have applied this year to Universities like Harvard, Boston College, McGill, University of New Hampshire, Middlebury. Several plan to continue racing while at school, or defer and continue racing full time. The point is, our racers aren’t just managing athletics and academics. They are thriving at both.

I have no hesitation stating that the goal of our High-Performance Programs is to develop World Cup and Olympic ski racers. But the broader vision is that all of our racers should truly understand and thrive in the sport. And whether they race until they are 16-18-20 or 35, if they work hard and really want it, they can compete with anyone in the world. We will need to aim higher, try harder, and above all work together. We need a strong system. So, we have our work cut out. But who doesn’t like a challenge?

“Ski Fast and Have Fun.”

Thanks for reading

Thanks so much.

Kip

 

For Immediate Release
Double gold for Canada in Megève

Calgary, AB (February 1, 2020) – It was another banner day for the Canadian Ski Cross Team in Megève, FRA as Marielle Thompson (Whistler, BC) and Kevin Drury (Toronto, ON) stood on top of the podium. The race, which was much more wide open than normal, allowed for the skiers to go fast but meant mistakes were hard to come back from. Thompson and Drury skied strong throughout the heats to come out on top.

The wins were extra special as both Thompson and Drury had friends and family in the crowd to cheer them on.

“I’m super stoked on the win today. I feel like I skied as well as I could and really brought out my best skiing in the final. To be on top of the podium in front of my friends is really exciting.” Said Thompson.

For Drury, the win allows him to stay on top of the standings, “It was incredible! Such a battle out there with the snow and wind. I just tried to stay as calm and composed as possible up top because I knew I had the speed on the bottom.”

The day saw strong performances from the rest of the Canadian Team. Brady Leman (Calgary, AB), who came 2nd on the course in 2015 came in 10th. Chris Del Bosco (Montreal, QC) finished in 12th as did Abby McEwen (Edmonton, AB). Britt Phelan (Mont Tremblant, QC) did not finish her quarter-final run and finished in 13th. Kris Mahler (Canmore, AB) finished in 36th, Zach Belczyk (Banff, AB) finished in 39th and Ned Ireland (Lake Country, BC) finished in 48th.

The team now has a break from racing due to the cancellation of the races in Feldberg, GER.  Next stop is Sunny Valley, RUS in mid-February.

 

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ABOUT ALPINE CANADA

Alpine Canada is the governing body for alpine, para-alpine and ski cross racing in Canada, as well as for Canadian ski coaches, providing education, certification, insurance and compliance with the coaching code of conduct. With the support of valued corporate partners and donors, along with the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Coaching Association of Canada, Alpine Canada develops Olympic, Paralympic, World Championship and World Cup athletes to stimulate visibility, inspiration and growth in the ski community. In 2020, Alpine Canada will celebrate 100 years of rich tradition in competitive skiing in Canada.

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JANUARY 29TH, 2020 — Submitted by Jaime Hugessen from Devil’s Glen

Alpine Ontario athletes were well represented earlier this month at the 2020 World Winter Masters’ Games in Innsbruck, Austria. The Winter Games, which are held every four years, like the Olympics, hosted 700+ alpine athletes, from over 32 countries. The field was split into three categories: A (men 30-59 years old), B (men 60-89 years old) and C (women 30-79 years old) with two race runs handling an enormous field of up to 350 athletes per day.

Ontario contributed 38 athletes to a Canadian contingent of over 60 racers.  A class racers included Jeff Seaman, David Star, Dirk Vanhauwaert, Mitch Mcdermid, Jeff Magwood, David Walker, Andrew Spencer and Jay Knox. B class racers included Pavel Cater, Marek Dziedzic, Terry Hanna, Morgan Hull, Paul Montgomery, Mike Robbins, Jeff Chomyn, Michael Church, Jeff Craig, Rich Deacon, Michael Gagnon, Michel Giroux, Jaime Hugessen, Robert Joberty, Ronald Perryman, Christian Piersanti, Karol Slabon and Jacek Urbanowicz. C class racers included Denyse Houde, Patricia Rundle, Terry Piersanti, Patti East, Mary Ferguson, Wendy Fursey, Lee Anne Underwood, Hannele Sundberg, Shayna Gaunt, Renée Lefrançois, Melanie Smith and Amy Stein.

Day 1 featured a non-FIS, sprint GS format that saw the Canadians take home 5 medals in total. Ontario athletes Denyse Houde (C-10) and Patti East (C-8) both captured gold, while two other athletes, Jaime Hugessen and Jay Knox just missed the podium with 4th place in their respective age categories.

Day 2 featured a challenging FIS 2-run slalom on the A side and 1-run GS on the B/C side. Ontario athlete Denyse Houde won gold again with Patti East winning a bronze medal. Other notable results included Mike Robbins with a 7th place showing in the men’s C-9 category.

Day 3 saw the A side racing a 1-run GS with 345 athletes down one course while the B side men raced a 2-run slalom on a separate pitch. The Ontario team was held off the podium this day under very challenging and icy conditions.

Day 4 was the final day for the A side men and was originally scheduled as a SG, however, lack of snow on the lower part of the mountain resulted in insufficient vertical for FIS requirements. Instead, another 1-run GS was held with a large field of over 340 athletes. Jay Knox delivered the goods for Ontario with a 3rd placing on a challenging and bumpy course.

Day 5 was the final day for B/C athletes with a GS course that replaced the originally scheduled SG race. Under very tough and icy conditions, Ontario athletes were unable to deliver a podium result but Patti East (C-8) was just off the podium with a 4th place result. Other notable results were Mike Robbins (B-9) with a 6th place finish and Jaime Hugessen (B-8) with a 14th position.

For more photos from this exciting event please visit

https://www.facebook.com/pg/Canadian-Alpine-Masters-Group-159361306153/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10157437306511154

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As the excitement builds towards next week’s 2020 Raymond James Nor-Am Cup AOA caught up with Georgian Peaks/CAST racer Ali

LIENZ,AUSTRIA,28.DEC.19 – ALPINE SKIING – FIS World Cup, giant slalom, ladies. Image shows Ali Nullmeyer (CAN). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Daniel Goetzhaber

Nullmeyer. Ali, along with Erin Mielzynski, Roni Remme, Candace Crawford, Amelia Smart and Laurence St-Germain will be in the gates next week.

 

Q: How does it feel to come 16th in a World Cup?!! (Congratulations!)..Ali placed 16th in the recent Flachau, AUT Slalom.

A: It felt awesome to get my first World Cup points! I had a challenging couple of weeks, just barely missing the second run for a few races in a row, so it was really cool to throw it in there. Flachau was such a cool race with a lot of fans so to do it there was an added bonus!

 

Q: How have you overcome serious injury?

A: I injured myself in 2017 right before the start of the World Cup season. I tore my ACL and meniscus in both my knees in Soelden, Austria while training for the World Cup opener. It has taken a lot of hard work and time to get back to where I was skiing before my injury. There have been so many people involved in my recovery who I couldn’t have done it without. Between the physical injury and mental struggles of coming back from it, I have to thank my family, friends, coaches, doctors, physios, etc. for sticking with me and helping me continue to pursue my dream of competing at the World Cup level.

 

Q: Do you rely on your teammates for anything specific?

A: I rely on my teammates to take my mind off of skiing. We are all working so hard and are so focused on skiing that it’s important we take time to do other activities. It is always fun playing games or exploring with my teammates.

 

Q: What on-snow drills do you practice all the time?

A: I have a couple of drills that I do every day. One is just traversing across the hill, rolling my knees and ankle slowing two or three times before changing direction and doing it back the other way. Other than that, they change depending on what I am working on throughout the season.

 

Q: What are some of your critical habits for success?

A: Although it can be really challenging some days, I think it’s important to look at every day as a positive learning experience. Even if you didn’t ski well or as fast as you wanted, there are always things to take away from every day of training. I think this has helped me a lot over the years and especially through my rehab.

 

Q: How much do you focus on your fitness and dryland?

A: I’ve always focused a lot on my dryland however I have been much more in tune with it since my injury. Making sure that you are strong enough is crucial in our sport and maintaining this strength throughout the season is really important as well.

 

Q: You have always been known to hold a clean edge and carry speed like nobody else. How did you obtain this superpower?

A: I guess just years of practice! I think it’s something I’ve always had and I’ve been able to build off of it over the years.

 

Q: Did you ever ski downhill on cross country skis?

A: I skied on telemark skis down Champlain one time when I was younger. It was not very pretty…

 

Q: What’s your favourite GP moment?

A: I loved training on Riot as a little kid. You could get so many runs in and it was always so fun!

 

Please join us as we cheer on Ali next week during the Raymond James Nor-Am Cup. Full details and schedule here>

 

JANUARY 30TH, 2020 — This past weekend, Camp Fortune Ski Club highlighted the critical role of women officials and volunteers to ski racing in the NCD, with its first “Girls Rule the Race.” Building on the success of the first all-female timing team in 2019, the U14 GS race on January 26 had women officials serving in key roles including all Chief and Jury positions.

“None of the races in the NCD would be possible without an army of parent volunteer officials, and we wanted to shine a spotlight on the ‘race Moms’ who show up and help out week after week,” said Marie-Claude Meunier, who was the Chief of Race. “It is important for our athletes – boys and girls – see the example of volunteerism and involvement from the ski community, including women.”

The race itself presented its share of challenges: a major weather event that saw freezing rain followed by a dump of heavy snow; a particularly large field of 183 athletes; a course that included Camp Fortune’s intimidating “The Chute”; and a number of tough calls that had to be made. In other words, it was a normal day in ski racing!

“Girls Rule the Race” aligns with several of Alpine Ontario initiatives for girls and women this year, including training and events for female athletes, coaches and officials.

Thank you to all athletes, volunteers, coaches, and parents for making the race a success. An extra special thanks to volunteers from other clubs in our region who never fail to step up when necessary, and to the last minute shovellers who answered the urgent call for back-up to get all that snow off the track. In the NCD/OSZ region, it’s always clear that we’re all in this together!

Submitted by the NCD Communications Team.