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Driving Home for Christmas

On the way back from a successful BARSC for Ambiti

23 December 2011 AT 20:51:37


So the GS race eventually got cancelled yesterday when it became apparent the lifts weren’t going to open at all… Bit of a shame for our guys who were all pumped up and ready to step it up from the GS the day before, especially considering that, apart from the wind, the weather was absolutely perfect for a day’s racing.

 

Instead though, there was a final prize giving for overall/team awards which proved to be quite a haul for the Ambition Children’s Team. Firstly, we came joint-second in the team competition with the Scottish Ski Club, something we weren’t expecting at all, and something which wasn’t a bad effort considering we only had twelve guys racing, not all of which finished every race!

After that though, it seems the hard work Anna Henderson has put in over the last six months has started to be recognized much more widely, with her being presented with the Ladies Ski Club award for a female childrens athlete at the BARSC who performs exceptionally!

So congratulations once again to Anna for her medal haul this week, along with Will Wheeler and Sarah Glasgow for their medals also. But most importantly, congratulations to all of the Ambition team, every single one of which gave it their all this week and did us coaches proud! There were some great performances by all, but more importantly, we’ve got a great group of kids this year with a great atmosphere within the team both on and off the hill. We’re looking forward to getting back out after the Christmas break for the Anglo Scottish to build on what we’ve started here.

So all that’s left to say is have a very Merry Christmas from all at Ambition!

Benn


The BARSC

From a snowy and windy Champoluc with the Children

23 December 2011 AT 20:47:17


 

We thought, instead of daily updates during our week at the races, one big post at the end with all our news from the week would be better! It’s 8:15am here on our last day of racing, and having been down to the lift to discover that it won’t be opening for at least an hour and a half due to wind, what better an opportunity to blog whilst the kids are waiting anxiously back at the hotel for Day 2 of the BARSC GS.

All in all, we’ve had a pretty good week in here in Champoluc. We’ve had plenty of good skiing from the guys and even a few medals to top it off too. With the season having been extremely slow to kick off this year, the week’s training back in Austria prior to coming here was a tough one for the kids. With no lower resorts allowing any race teams (other than World Cup) to ski gates, it meant we were back on the Kitzsteinhorn glacier for another week which meant three things: very early mornings, long days and some unbelievably cold weather!

The guys all trained really hard though with a mix of slalom and even some super G training thanks to an invite from the Salzburg ski club, where 1997 and 1998 Y.O.Bs had the chance to run a full length Super G course on the glacier for 3 days with a super combined race at the end. Opportunities like that don’t come around often and having been invited, it was something we certainly couldn’t turn down! The kids all absolutely loved it and, more to the point, gained a lot of valuable experience from it.

Back to this week, though, and whilst not everybody may have had consistently good runs all week, all of our guys have done the business one run here or there. Particular mentions to Ella Ward who, having been disappointed with her slalom runs, stepped it up in the GS to finish 5th in her age group, along with Will Wheeler who made up for a scrappy first run in the slalom (from 4th place by 0.7s) to finish 3rd in his age group, what a second run that was! Notable mentions also go to Phoebe Long and Ben Smith who, having improved tremendously over the past few months, this week showed what they’re now capable of, and both myself and Aaron couldn’t be more happy with their performances. Sarah Glasgow also laid one down in the minis GS race yesterday to finish up 3rd, fingers crossed she can go even better today!

But a special mention undoubtedly has to go to Anna Henderson who has been on form all week. Anna lead the slalom on Tuesday after a brilliant first run, but unfortunately just skied a little too conservatively and ended up 3rd, something which was still not a bad result at all! Anna laid it down again in the first run of the GS, and with the second run being cancelled due to the first run taking abnormally long, she secured her first ever victory. Anna’s been skiing extremely well these last few months, and it was only a matter of time before the results started flooding in. Well done to Anna, Will, Sarah and all the rest of the guys!

On to the final day of racing, and fingers crossed we get another race!

Benn


Krampus....

Austria's traditions!!!!

09 December 2011 AT 07:45:23


So it was Krampus night this week and after a meal out we decided to go and watch the parade, which is basically a mass of huge guys wearing pretty scary costumes and masks, and whipping people with sticks.... all pretty scary/exciting stuff!! Freya Eaton seemed to be a favourite with the Krampus and while she was busy hiding behind Benn, (with us laughing) Barney got attacked unawares. There were hundreds of people there and a great atmosphere. Brilliant Fun.

The rest of the athletes are flying in today and with Leogang opening for training on Monday, we are set to go! Most of the new Colmar stuff has arrived and looks sweeeeeeeeet too. 

Enjoy.


Ambition Production.

Justin making use of his i-movie skills while he's

02 December 2011 AT 21:11:52


Check this out.....

 

 
Enjoy.

Youth Olympic Games Trials

Proud of the Ambition Crew....

02 December 2011 AT 20:32:16


So the fastest athletes today were Rachelle Rogers and Paul Henderson in the girls and boys races respecitvely. But the Ambition guys gave it a damn good shot and i am really happy with how they are progressing.

The girls trials were fought out at the front by Rachelle Rogers and Alice MacAulay with Rachelle winning the timing by 0.01 of a second!!! Unbelievably close and very exciting! Violet Miller and Beth Widdup took 5th and 8th respecitvely - both Ambition girls skied hard but could not challenge the top 3 today.

The boys race switched leaders on the first and 2nd run, with Paul Henderson initially leading the way before Max Moss sneaking him by 0.03 on run 2. Kieran Norris lay in 3rd place just 0.22 seconds behind Max going into run 3 with Barney close behind Kieran. 

Kieran pushed the boundaries with nothing to lose but it was not to be as a mistake ended his chances with a DNF on run 3, but holding onto 3rd place overall. Max could not better his 2nd run charge and Paul laid down the run of the day to win the 3rd run by nearly 1 second and set the fastest time of the day.

All in all the guys skied hard and workewd hard in the training after the trials again. In just the few days they have been here there have been improvements. We are on the right track and closing the gap. 

Performance of the day has to go to Kieran Norris who loked like a different skier compared to yesterday, really upped his game for the trials and looks very promising for the future.