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Do I laugh or do I cry? / The 'W' Crew!

The highs and lows of alpine ski racing.

30 August 2011 AT 14:44:27


 

This really should have gone up Sunday evening but I just wasn’t in the mood to write a blog. It’s hard to know what to make of Sunday because on the one hand it was so positive and yet on the other, I couldn’t help feeling that we could have got more out of our final GS race here in El Colorado. Not only that, I felt the team deserved more.

Sunday saw P.B results, from Emily Evans (54), Thomasine Nilson-Wrede, (113), Kieran Norris (115) and Roy Steudle (51). On that basis it was a good day, Emily and Kieran had great 1st runs and Thomasine looked strong on the flats especially. But for Roy it was so close to being a great day because what he did on Sunday was truly impressive.

Roy started bib 39, and as such we were looking to get inside the top 30 and stay as close to the leaders as possible, Roy has been skiing very well recently so that was a fairly easy target. However Roy obviously had different ideas and skied probably the best race run I have seen from him going into 4th position. 39th into 4th.......Wow!!! As a coach, you always hope that your athletes will produce some of their training form when it’s crunch time, well Roy did that, and more on Sunday.

Sadly Roy he fell inside 2nd run, but he got back up and completed, and still made his best result to date in GS, he did not get the podium position that he wanted but he will take away the knowledge and the belief of what is possible for him now. The reason I mention all of this is because I was really, really proud on Sunday - runs like that make all the hard work by everyone completely worth while.

Anyway, it’s clearly going to be another exciting season at Ambition. There is a lot more to come from all of the athletes, that’s for sure!!

 

Since then we have headed down to Santiago for a break.... and rather than bang on about it, (we are here still and there is much to be done) i thought i'd post the pics!

Enjoy.

First things first, teaching us how to fall....

Mice were never really made for water.........

Go Jutty Go!!!

Roy's 3rd year.... check the technique....

That's right.... i'm standing (momentarily)

And that's my face eating wave/plastic

Smiles all round at the 'W' for dinner.....

On route to the roof-top pool and bar....

Santiago by night....

The 'W' Crew 2011..... From Left; Thomasine, Oli, Kieran, Imi, Ellie, Marc, Alex Justin, Emily, Roy and Luke.

Ciao


More Powder and more racing..

New snow in overnight....

27 August 2011 AT 20:42:40


Well we woke up this morning to more new snow and after the wind of the last few days we definitely needed it!!!! There must have been about 20cms of new snow by the time we left the hill after training this morning. None the less we managed to get 6 good runs in, the course needed lots of slipping but we got down to some hard snow after a couple of runs. There was some varied performances but certainly overall the guys are looking pretty consistent in GS at the moment. Bit of core to follow and the guys are now getting their skis ready for the South American Cup GS tomorrow, most of the team will be starting just outside of the top 30 and conditions being as they are, it could well work in our favour come 2nd run tomorrow.

We have not had time to fit everything in and with only 2 afternoons of slalom brushes we decided to miss the slalom races, with the exception of Ellie Pocock who looked pretty strong in both of those sessions. The results are not up yet but Justin was happy with Ellie's skiing and we are pretty sure she will have a personal best points result from today.

After tomorrow we will head to Santiago for our mid-camp break, everyone is doing well but a re-charge at lower altitude will definitely be appreciated to get us ready for a big push for last 10 days.

Also, Imogen Taylor's birthday today and i didnt mention but it was Emily Evans' on Thursday too. Will celebrate when we head to Santiago.

That's all for now, keep everything crossed for us for tomorrow's GS!!


Race Face....

First races of 11/12 season underway...

26 August 2011 AT 19:47:10


Well the last 2 days have been an experience thats for sure. Anyone who thinks we take a while running races in the UK, need only watch the Brazilians/Chileans in action at Valle Nevado...... we don't do too badly.

We started on Wednesday with first run GS, a few delays to start and some long, long intervals meant the weather had come in by the time we were meant to run the 2nd run - so it had to be postponed until Thursday morning. By this point we were doing OK i would say, Emily Evans looked like she was on for a personal best GS result, as was Kieran. Roy, even with some huge mistakes was still somehow reasonably close to the race leaders and just inside the top 30. While we didn't have any DNF's, the others looked a little rusty on the 1st run and were not placed as well as they or i would have liked.

Anyway, Thursday came and we managed to get a 2nd GS run off by lunchtime, Roy had a really good time, clocking 6th fastest on that run and ending up with a personal best result. A sign of a more to come from Roy as his fitness, technique and equipment all seem to be working very well at this point. Sadly, Emily and Kieran ended up losing valuable seconds on the 2nd run and their results showed this in the end - both making OK results but definitely not at the level of their first run times. Alex Buchanan put in a much stronger 2nd run, showing more of the form we have seen in training so far.

So, no time to dwell (we thought), straight into the Super-G.....  well not quite! The inspection, scheduled for 11.45-12.30 ended up being 12.45-1.30. Finally at 2.30pm the for-runners went out of the gate and the girls race ran reasonably smoothly with a solid run on the flats from Ellie Pocock and some smooth skiing from Thomasine.

The top 15 boys meanwhile were stuck on the lift (which had stopped) so another delay meant an even later start for the men. By this time the light was not looking great so the German men's speed team pulled out too. I think i'd lost track of time but we did get a mens race, one in which Roy scored his best points result with a very, very strong run to place just inside the top 10. Kieran and Luke also had some good sections but did not manage to carry the speed right through to the end.

And it was home sweet home at 5.20pm, with everyone absolutely knackered.

Anyway at least it was over...... and a day off today.... kind of....... as mine was interrupted by Roy's omission from the SG results meaning a nice ski back over to Valle Nevado from me to get him back on the results!!

We will now train and re-focus on the GS coming up on Sunday, let's hope it's a shorter day!!!!!!

Adios.

P.S News just in... Peter Glasgow, 7x A's and 5x B's in the GCSE's.... Awesome news and more proof that with hard work ski racing and school can go together.


I feel the need.... the need for speed.....

Great day of SG skiing

22 August 2011 AT 21:47:40


We got a little bit shafted yesterday when the lift on our SG training piste stopped working..... The lifts are a little old school here so that was a bit annoying. Anyway, today went really well, we can keep the pistes for much longer on the weekdays so we managed a few warm-up SG runs, then 5 runs in the first course, a re-set and another 3 in the second course - all before 11am (just).

Some good skiing going on, especially by Emily-i don't like speed-Evans who clocked some good times in the first course and a very positive day for Imi too. We have also seen big steps forward from Thomasine Nilson-Wrede and Alex Buchanan in just a few days and also a blistering time from Ellie in the second course. Kieran and Oli are getting cleaner and faster with almost every run too.... and last but not least Roy and Luke who are setting the times for everyone to chase. Roy looks a little like Dougy Crawford from the British Team when in full suit (Head skis, same catsuit/helmet) so Roy sent Dougy down one run to clock a time..... i assumed it was my brilliant coaching that gave Roy his best time..... but it wasn't even him.

Sorry no pics today (except the one below of Roy on his fastest run) - was busy setting, re-setting, slipping, filming and all that jazz, i was thinking to whack another sun-set one up but they're all pretty similar (amazing but similar).

Onto GS tomorrow, then the races! Races have been re-arranged due to weather coming in so we have a GS Wednesday followed by SG and then Slalom in the storm on Friday. Good for us as we are looking a little better in GS and SG to slalom currently.

Adios Amigo's.


Powder and more.....

Back on track in Chile....

20 August 2011 AT 22:39:01


Well the internet here well and truly sucks so trying to get things online when i can but generally takes an hour to load one photo so been storing them up.

Basically since our last post we took a day off, and then it got foggy, real foggy, so Thursday's powder day turned into no skiing and some serious dizzyness/off-piste from me and Jutty trying to make our way down the mountain with gates. Literally could not see anything!!!

However, every cloud as they say, it snowed like a demon Thursday from mid-morning through until dusk, so yesterday we had an awesome day of powder; jumps, bumps, crashes, (i basically landed on Imi and Alex while they were filming so that should make for interesting viewing on the camp video).

Anyway, back to it today, we had a great morning of Super-G training, gliding up on the top flats, a little soft but the wind had blown a bit of the new snow away so we actually had a productive morning. This afternoon we were onto slalom brushes and.... well..... we need some more time in slalom!!! We'll stick with the same schedule tomorrow, got a few clear and cold days lined up now so should be good.

Adios!


Results Day

A-level /AS results

18 August 2011 AT 13:58:18


 

Results day!

Massive congratulations to all of our athletes receiving their AS and A-Level results today. Yet again our athletes have performed amazingly, achieving excellent results. 
 
In particular, Luke Steyn, Ashley Hill and Tom White, who sat A-levels, have a collection of A’s and B’s to their names. I hope the UCAS experience isn’t too painful!
 
Well done guys!!!

Red sky at night....

here comes the snow....

15 August 2011 AT 20:40:15


Ok, so this is what it looked like last night...... beautiful heh..... Sunset, incredible view over the mountains of Chile.

However, i'd like to make a formal complaint about the whole 'red sky at night' thing, as today was absolutely freezing from the tornado blowing around La Parva. Anyway, we managed to get the work done, with a 6.30am start on the snow and 7-8 runs of drills through the gates before a tech session, then a well deserved lunch and warm up.

We should get another decent training session in tomorrow morning - we are expecting 80cms of new snow in the next few days so think Wednesday will be off and Thursday will be a powder day for sure!!!!

Coaches meeting next then core and vid - full on as ever out here.


In La Parva and loving it.

We are all here safe and sound!!

13 August 2011 AT 22:22:48


Firstly - we are all here and all ok! 

We arrived yesterday and got settled in amidst the arrivals of luggage and ski bags up to resort. The minibus was going for the slowest time recorded to get from Santiago to La Parva so it was dark and misty once we arrived. The apartments however are great for the team, pretty spacious and sociable, ski rooms are fine and the chef service has been great so far.

Today we had a long sleep this morning, followed by ski prep and some of the guys taking a few runs with me and Jutty this afternoon. It is sunny but the snow is pretty solid and the runs here are awesome, have to say i prefer it to Valle Nevado for the variety. Looking forward to some full days of skiing throughout the next 4 weeks!

Quick snap for you, i missed a beautiful one of the sky this morning so will try and capture that one tomorrow!


Canadia...

In transit....

12 August 2011 AT 02:58:04


Sitting in Toronto transit lounge on the way to Chile right now..... little tired but excited for the next month...!!

Thought we'd bring you this video of last week's Ipswich Camp from Atomic sponsored skier Ross Welch...

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ATOMIC TOUR COMPLETE!

Atomic-Ambition Camps finish for 2011....

06 August 2011 AT 16:26:33


Rather than do a daily blog this week at Ipswich, we thought we'd capture some of the best shots combined with the new Atomic-Ambition Video and bring them to you here on the Ambition Racing Blog.

A huge thanks to all of the staff, athletes and of course sponsors who have been involved with the camps this summer, and a special mention goes to Dom Daley and Grace Levene, both of whom won 2012 Atomic Race Skis from the Hemel and Ipswich Camps respectively.

Until next year, Adios.....

ATOMIC VIDEO - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IG0UJ_lMvyY

Benn Hall and Emily Evans hiding out of the rain......

Aaron Troung taking an early lead against Tom Hudson in the dual...

Connor Thompson taking flight...

Aaron falling over without even being on skis.... Ross laughing at him....

Ross showing Aaron how it should be done....

Olivia Ward with her fighting face on.....

Tash arcing it out......

Mason laying it over.....

Getting ready for the final prize-giving.....

Josh Penning Lambert - getting ready for action.....

Lauren Vale waving to the fans.....

The set-up at Ipswich, thanks to our sponsors, ATOMIC, LEVEL and of course BARTLETTS....

Jutty handing out the awards.....

One of the Viking's most promising young skier....

Olivia Ward and Joe Constantine in the Ambition Cup Dual Slalom event......

Josh getting a helping hand from his ski tech in the pouring rain...... Audi (of course they sponsor us) sent along their best guys to help. Hopefully next year they'll have an S3 for us to give away. 

Mia, settling the argument on the need for back supports once and for all......

Ben Constantine demonstrating his own version of rail sliding....

Let's try that again Ben........

FREE SKIS FOR GRACE....!!! And a stupid smile from me.....