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Collision Course, Page 2

Collision Course, Page 2
Daron Rahlves
The freeskiers who invented it don’t have to like it, but skiercross—make that ‘ski cross’—is now an official, FIS-controlled Olympic event, and former World Cup racers like Daron Rahlves are among the favorites. Burning questions remain, like how baggy should your clothes be, what exactly are the rules, and who’ll win the first gold medal.

That transition might include all the appearances of retirement: parenting, dabbling in commercial real estate and victory-lap stuff like starring in ski movies and promoting sponsors. But Rahlves never relinquished that genetic exigency to compete. He believes, for example, that if rules could be bent to allow an officially “retired” racer to enter, say, just the World Cup downhill held annually at Beaver Creek, Colo., “I still could kick some ass.” And he probably could.

Olympics 2010: Cypress to Truck in Snow

Olympics 2010: Cypress to Truck in Snow
Bulldozer
When the Olympics begin on February 12th, the snow on Cypress Mountain—site of several of the ski and snowboard competitions—won't come from the sky...

When Shaun White spent thousands of hours preparing for his bid for the gold in Vancouver, chances are he didn’t spend a single minute snowboarding on hay or wood. Unfortunately, that may be what Shaun ends up competing on come February.

Appointment In Vancouver

Former alpine speed skier Casey Puckett has competed in four Olympic Games but has failed to bring home a medal. Despite recent injuries, the 36-year-old father of two hopes to make his fifth Olympic appearance, this time in the Winter Games newest—and possibly most dangerous—snow sport: ski cross. See how he's preparing for his last shot at Olympic glory in this new documentary film.

[ Wed, 2010-01-13 15:51 ]
Bode Racing Val d'Isère in 2008
While sitting out recent races due to an ankle sprain, Bode Miller had time for a quick Q&A with a USSA publicist. No hard questions, as you might expect. But it turns out the hypercompetitive World Champ is a big beach volleyball buff. And how did he sprain that ankle? You guessed it. Volleyball, says Reuters. Here’s wishing him a speedy recovery in time for the Olympics.

While sitting out recent races due to an ankle sprain, Bode Miller had time for a quick Q&A with a USSA publicist. No hard questions, as you might expect. But it turns out the hypercompetitive World Champ is a big beach volleyball buff. And how did he sprain that ankle? You guessed it. Volleyball, says Reuters. Here’s wishing him a speedy recovery in time for the Olympics.

Q:
Well, what have you been up to over the holidays?

Whistler's Olympic Dream

Whistler's Olympic Dream

Beautiful mountain scenery

50 years ago, Whistler was founded on the outlandish claim that someday it would host the Winter Games. The resort finally delivers its destiny—and a whole lot more.

On Thanksgiving Day, the snow on the toughest section of Whistler’s Dave Murray Downhill course is especially firm. It’s undoubtedly pillow-soft compared to the mandated Olympic running surface, but by any normal skier’s measure, it might as well be a marble dance floor, frozen over and tilted at a ridiculously steep angle.

Olympics 2010: Ski Cross

Olympics 2010: Ski Cross

Not even a decade old, ski cross is already an Olympic sport.

The freeskiers who invented it don’t have to like it, but skiercross—make that ‘ski cross’—is now an official, FIS-controlled Olympic event, and former World Cup racers like Daron Rahlves are among the favorites. Burning questions remain, like how baggy should your clothes be, what exactly are the rules, and who’ll win the first gold medal.

This we know about Daron Rahlves: He is the most accomplished American downhill racer of all time. A competitive streak runs so deep in his system that it’s like a thread spun directly into his chromosomal helix.

But can that explain why a 36-year-old father of 2-year-old twins would subject himself to the often violent rigors of ski cross, the newest sport—some would say “blood sport”—on this winter’s Olympic agenda? He already has a hall-of-fame résumé. What else is there to prove?

[ Tue, 2009-11-10 19:43 ]
U.S. Ski Team Lets Fans Join the Club blog
With the clock ticking down to the Winter Olympics, the U.S. Ski Team announces its new Fan Club

Can't make it to Vancouver in February to cheer on the U.S. Olympic Ski Team? You can still show your support by joining the team's fan club, which debuted this Wednesday, November 4, 2010, with 100 days to go until the opening ceremonies.

For $35, fans will receive an official U.S. Ski Team baseball cap, sticker set and a digital subscription to Ski Racing Magazine. For an additional $50, fans can upgrade to the Gold Medal fan club and receive a U.S. Ski Team Fan Club hoodie sweatshirt.

[ Mon, 2009-10-12 02:19 ]
Whistler Olympic Park.
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Ski jumping is the last Winter Olympic sport to bar women. Why?

We don't like to get into politics around the SKI Magazine offices, especially when they involve gender differences in sports. (You may have noticed that -- ahem -- a significant majority of our editorial staff is female.) But it's always struck us as odd that women don't get to ski jump in the Olympics -- it's the only winter sport with such a restriction. Why?

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