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The Pit: 07/08 FIS World Cup Season - Good, Bad & Ugly.

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Posted: Aug 21, 2008 - 11:44 PM GMT
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Tierra Del Fuego Completes Nordic Championships with Nigh Sprint

Ski Fire, Argentina

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Posted: Aug 22, 2008 - 7:05 AM GMT
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FIS C. Cup Results Mt. Hothan, Victoria, Australia

Snowbird ski passes go down

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Actually, those lanes are part of an innovation the U.S. Transportation Security Administration started in Salt Lake City, Utah, last year and has since introduced in more than 30 airports. Modeled on the way ski resorts mark dedicated trails for use by expert, intermediate and inexperienced skiers, the so-called Black Diamond concept depends on travelers to choose their lanes depending on their perceived expertise navigating security or, in the case of families, the extra time even the most expert parents often require to navigate the checkpoint with small children and assorted gear.


Blonska stripped of heptathlon silver for doping

Omega's Slime in The New York Times

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The Swatch Group and its divisions Swiss Timing, Longines, Omega, and Tissot, are liars, cheaters, and thugs. They bribe, the commit contractual fraud, they blackmail, they falsify results, and they threaten events & other timing & scoring vendors in a massive worldwide effort to dominate the Olympics and World Cup in various sports such as swimming, cycling, and ski racing. They are kings of conflict-of-interest. And technically speaking, they are pretty lousy at timing. Their technology is, for the most part, stuck squarely in the Apollo era.


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My part in various parties' battles against Swatch have been as technical backup to others fighting for an open marketplace in Olympic & World Cup sport, such as the Austrian Ski Team (ÖSV), Precision Timing of Montreal, Rolex, the Kitzbüheler Ski Club, and TAG Heuer. Much of this conflict has been fought behind the scenes.

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Posted: Aug 22, 2008 - 5:35 PM GMT
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China has World's highest gondola
The new gondola has eight passenger cabins and reaches 4,843m above sea level, accessing the Aba Great Glacier in Sichuan province.

The lift was built by Doppelmayr who began work back in October 2006 but were hampered by bad weather. They eventually completed construction and handed over the lift in late March this year, and the gondola is now open to the public. It can carry 800 passengers per hour and takes 9.4 minutes to make its ascent. There are 36 gondola cabins travelling at six metres per second over the 2399m length and 1,226m vertical.

The top station is 327m higher than the previous record holder, at Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Yunnan province which has a top station height of 4516m.

The third highest gondola in the world, and the highest at a ski resort, is at Gulmarg in India. Built by French company POMA, its highest terminal is at 3979.5m www.snowheads.com


NENSA Interview with Trina Hosmer, Master Skier
By Janice Sibilia
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Summary: Trina has won countless medals at Master's Nationals, Master's World Championships and continually keeps our junior and senior skiers honest at the NENSA TD Banknorth Eastern Cups. Not surprising with the impressive history Trina has behind her!


Endless Winter Snow Report
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Posted: Aug 24, 2008 - 3:12 AM GMT
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FIS Results So. Am. C. Cup Chapelco, San Martin de los Andes, Neuquén, Argentina

Chapelco Ski Resort

Cerro Chapelco.com

San Martín de los Andes

Is the NCAA a training ground for foreign Olympic teams?

Cuban athlete banned for life after kicking taekwondo referee

China gives 6 American protesters 10-day detentions
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Posted: Aug 24, 2008 - 7:08 PM GMT
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'No chance' for missing climbers after Alps avalanche: minister

Vancouver sees room to improve on Beijing for 2010

Mazama, WA

Now More Than Ever, Olympic Teams Go Multinational

Pope mourns Austrian-born bishop

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China Acknowledges Gymnastics Team Age Confusion, Blames Bad Paperwork


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Posted: Aug 24, 2008 - 11:20 PM GMT

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The weather has been super nice in La Parva but we got hit pretty hard early on in the camp. The good news is we had some amazing free skiing...the bad news, the snow was soft on all the training hills. Hope it stops raining down there...

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Didn't know you'd switched to Fischer, Friedo. Good move I hope. Hope to see you on the hill (or in Denver/Boulder if you swing through).
Best,
Rifkin

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I made the switch this Spring and am psyched with the setup! I'm also sharing a technician with Steven Nyman...he used to be Kristian Ghedina's technician back in the day so I couldn't be happier. I will be in Summit County in November...lets catch up then.

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Posted: Aug 25, 2008 - 1:01 AM GMT

#1 & Working Hard To Stay That Way, since 1990.

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The Austrian National Ski Team (which is the World's best Ski Team uninterruptedly since 1990)


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mingling with their Austrian Counterparts while learning that Austria, the "Cradle of Skiing" boasts 800 ski resorts, 22.000 km of groomed slopes, 3000 lifts and 500 ski schools - facilities that help to shape Top-skiers.

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Posted: Aug 25, 2008 - 11:28 AM GMT
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Hey Byron,
I'm looking for advice. We recently moved from Michigan were we had 2 skiers in the CUSSA division yet HighSchool Racing was the most competitive. They have been trainging with Team Thunderbolt since they were 6 years. After loosing evrything we owned in Michigan we moved here for a new start & new job. My two girls ( J2 & J3) are looking for a team to join here in Utah. After reading your blogs I'm concerned about getting involed with teams that are not interested in the development of the skiers, just the money, and don't want the best results. The teams we have contacted want close to $10,000 per season for training. That's NUTS!.
Being here in Utah yourself,l can you reccomend anyone who I can contract to train them as an independant? I think Bode has the right Idea. They have started their own dry land training at a local gym in Herriman, UT. But we can not afford $10,000 per kid for the season. If I had it I would! Any ideas?

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Sorry to leave you hanging so long. I see your predicament but I have to say that Utah has some of the best club teams in the country. I grew up racing for the Park City Ski Team and thought they did a great job with their program. Yes it's expensive but they train on a World Cup venue, have a great coaching staff, a lot of depth with their athletes, and provide financial assistance to those who apply and qualify for it. I would also highly recommend the Snowbird Ski Team as they are making a lot of positive changes in their program, which I believe is less expensive than Park City's. As far as contracting someone privately, I don't think that will benefit your girls as much this early in the game. I believe it's more important for them to train and race with their peers, which will push them along more than most independent coaches. If you do go the independent route be aware that it could cost you more than club team expenses. It all depends on the coach and most private coaches, at least the best in the country, are paid better than club team and even National Team coaches.

Let me know if you have any more questions...I hope this helps.

Bryon


An Ivy Olympic Look at August 24

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Ski-inspiration - learning from four big boys and one tough chick
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Posted: Aug 25, 2008 - 11:37 PM GMT
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Castro defends athlete who kicked judge in face

Mont Blanc avalanche, little hope for 8 climbers

APPROACH THE SAND surf camp 4 2008

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I learned this profession from the Austrian Ski Instructors who where brought over to Sun Valley, Idaho before WWII by Averill Harriman, to keep his clients in good company. These men where great and I new many of them, they were legendary, and their booming voices with accent could be heard all over Baldy mountain during lessons, some of them made a fortune, most of them did well and they all where prema donnas and loved it. They where probably the first ski bums.

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Posted: Aug 26, 2008 - 6:48 PM GMT
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Jeremy Bloom out in Steelers' first roster cut

Biathlon at 9500' - Brian Olsen Reports From Chile
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Posted: Aug 27, 2008 - 7:16 AM GMT
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Squaw Valley 1960

2008 Australian Open and Junior Championships Conclude - Dong and Violett Strong

UAA Adds Three International Skiers
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Even as Bolt Sets Records,
Puma Keeps Its Own Clock


Sports Marketing’s Rise in China Brings Out the Stars
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ROSSI SOLD TO CHARTREUSE & MONT BLANC
SAM Magazine — Huntington Beach, Calif., August 27, 2008 - Quiksilver, Inc. has announced that it has received a binding offer for the acquisition of 100% of ski and snowboard equipment and clothing maker Rossignol Group. The purchaser is Chartreuse & Mont Blanc, headed by Bruno Cercley, a former CEO of Rossignol. The move will return the company to French ownership. Chartreuse & Mont Blanc is majority owned by Macquarie Group and supported by a non-voting minority interest by Jarden Corporation, owner of skiwear and ski equipment brands K2, Marker, Marmot and Volkl.

The proposed transaction value is €100 million, nearly USD $147 million at the current exchange rate. This amount is comprised of €75 million in cash and a €25 million Seller’s Note. It is subject to a financing condition and customary working capital adjustment.

Quiksilver plans to use the net proceeds from the contemplated sale to repay existing indebtedness.

The proposed transaction includes the sale of the Rossignol, Dynastar, Look, and Lange brands of winter sports equipment and apparel and is consistent with Quiksilver’s intention, announced in January 2008, to sell the Rossignol Group to reduce its exposure to the winter sports equipment manufacturing business. Quiksilver first acquired the Rossignol Group in July 2005.

Robert B. McKnight, Jr., Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive and President of Quiksilver, Inc., commented,

The transaction is expected to close in Fall 2008 following receipt of regulatory approval and completion of required employee consultation procedures. www.saminfo.com


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1907-2007. Rossignol is 100 years old. 100 years during which we have always been thrilled by the mountains, 100 years of passionate commitment, 100 years in which we have lived our professional skills to the full.

Icon of the past, symbol of the present, Rossignol, inspired by our roots and our exceptional historical heritage, has built the future every day. Another milestone in our brand's development is that we now have developed an authentically modern Mountain life style, with Hard and Soft goods for the winter and the summertime too.


FIS Race results Update C. Cup Chile

FIS News Flash Edition 194 | 27 August, 2008 [27.08.2008]

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Southern hemisphere Alpine Continental Cups underway
Race Day in the sun in Catedral (ARG)

Several Alpine World Cup teams are training in the Southern hemisphere currently. Many have chosen resorts in New Zealand as their destinations, such as Coronet Peak. These include the US men’s and ladies’ national teams, the Japanese national team, and Swedish men’s and ladies’ teams while the Canadian ladies have already returned home following three weeks work and the Swiss ladies are due to arrive in September. The FIS Australian New Zealand Cup (ANC) in Alpine Skiing kicked off at Mt Hotham, Australia last weekend from 18th-21st August with the participation of ski racers from more than a dozen countries and will continue at Treble Cone and Mt Hutt on the New Zealand side in September.

Meanwhile, others such as the Swiss men’s team have spent several weeks in South America where the FIS South American Cup (SAC) is also in full swing. The competitions started at Cerro Castor with a technical weekend on 8th-11th August, followed by more technical races at Catedral and Chapelco, all in Argentina. The series moved to Chile for the first speed races this week. A total of four downhill races and two super-G and super combined competitions each were scheduled in La Parva (CHI) for this week. Unfortunately the first two days of downhill training runs had to be re-scheduled due to high winds. After La Parva, the final SAC competitions will be held in El Colorado (CHI) from 31st August to 2nd September.

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Posted: Aug 28, 2008 - 8:53 PM GMT
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DUMB MOVE BY THE LPGA, FIRESTORM TO FOLLOW, Law Firms Tee Up: No Speakada Englise

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Are you in favor of the LPGA's new rule that requires international players to learn English?

* 56.9% Yes.
* 42.8% No.


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VIDEO - South America - Bryon Friedman (USA)
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FIS DH Results Chile So. Am. C. Cup

Handshake Agreement

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When I turned pro back in 1976, I think it's fair to say that I had no need for an agent, unless he also happened to be a part-time psychiatrist accustomed to working with those suffering from delusions of grandeur. As a five-handicapper, the only way I could have commanded a fee from an equipment company was if I had promised not to play their clubs. But by a bizarre series of events, I actually got quite good after a while. I don't really know how to explain it, it's just that every time Mr. Fate felt quirky, he happened to bump into me. The stranger thing is, it's still happening.


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Air Canada Jazz is ditching life vests to help save fuel costs. Would you fly with an airline without a life vest?

Yes, they're not much use 49% 4256
No, it's madness 51% 4391

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Posted: Aug 30, 2008 - 9:08 PM GMT
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Pics of Chile

14 Days in Chile with Utah's Steve Nyman

Australian Ski Team train in Chile!

Ski Chile

Muse Feeling Good - Chile

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Posted: Aug 31, 2008 - 5:15 PM GMT
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Your ski pass may get taxed

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VAIL, Colorado — Eagle County commissioners want to tax lift tickets to pay for roads, forest work or housing.


Skiing in New Zealand - Dan Packman Reports

FIS Results M + W SL La Parva Chile C. So. Am Cup (SAC)

Liberal arts tweaked to round out resumes

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Chandler Koglmeier, a political science major who took Claudon's course at Middlebury, called it the most intense and difficult he's taken, but also the most useful. While other students partied and skied, he and his classmates put in long hours on projects designed by professors and alumni, including coming up with practical solutions to campus problems, like reducing food waste.

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Canada - On thin ice
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Aussies making it big in the global snow world

Aussie refuses to leave New Orleans

Ski + Sail = Race

Ski accident leads to sex trial delay

Gay old time at Coronet Peak

Ski Argentina

Economies built around low-cost air service suffer

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GRANADA, Spain: It boasts hillside vacation homes, a ski resort and the 14th century Alhambra palace - one of the most visited monuments in Spain.


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