Drought, warm temps, rain, fog and—just at the wrong time— snow: Somehow, Killington was ready for it all, and served up an impressively gnarly GS and a steep, solid slalom.
To the athletes battling their way through the ranks, the $2 million funding “gap”—that number between what the US Ski Team provides and what it needs to fund all the athletes—feels more like a bottomless rut… Wouldn’t it be nice to give directly to these athletes who are just on the cusp of breaking through to the very top level?
The Olympics are nothing if they are not about the athletes, current and future. Whether these dreamers know it or not, a gold medal won’t change who they are, but the pursuit of it will.
One of the first things you learn when coaching young kids is the art of the People Slalom. Essentially it’s a DIY slalom course using people as gates in a somewhat orderly, snakelike procession down the hill. For kids just learning the game, a comparative grown-up goes first, marking an x where each person should stop. As kids gain experience and (one hopes) maturity, they can place themselves, making people slalom into a self-perpetuating run … » read more
One day—one great run, one satisfying race, one smiling afternoon with friends, one spirit-lifting chairlift ride when you forget your troubles on the ground—is all it takes. We are such suckers for this sport. Each of us is one run away from being out of a rut. The hard part is believing in between those runs.
Well Happy March to you! Assuming that you have already awoken and said “Rabbit rabbit” into the mirror, parents of ski racers have one more task. It is the annual tradition of reading The Long Road, to keep blood pressure in check during the upcoming weeks. This year, in addition to reposting the piece, I am including a French lesson. This comes in the form of excerpts from a fine book my sister recently unearthed, … » read more