The Austrian Herminator Has Conquered The Ski World

The Austrian Herminator Has Conquered The Ski World

The Austrian Hermann Maier is still one of the most successful and charismatic personalities in ski racing. His name is a synonym of the strong will to win, the great determination, and the pure passion for what you are doing. His rise, like his career highlights, was characterized by numerous ups and downs. His coaches saw no great talent in him and did not sufficiently promote the former bricklayer. That turned out to be a big mistake because Hermann Maier became a megastar.

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Hermann Maier celebrated his first big success with second place in a Super-G race in 1997. At that time, he was 24 years old. The success of Maier was a big surprise because it was only the tenth World Cup race he was participating. Two days later, Maier proved that the second place was not a one-hit-wonder when he celebrated his first victory. That marked the start of an incredible future career. Out of respect for the great idol Lasse Kjus, he refrained from smiling on the winning photo. After all, he had defeated Kjus in the race and relegated him to the third place. The first success started a unique winning streak.

A Fall That Has Changed the History

he changed of ski sport history has been made in the Olympic Games held in Nagano, Japan when Maier was taking the first run down and had a crash. An incredible flap of Maier was captured by an American photographer where Maier is seen up in the air. This picture made Maier worldwide famous. The racer got up after the incredible crash as if nothing had happened. A few days later, Maier won the gold medal in the Super G and the giant slalom. After this crash and winning, Maier got a nickname of “The Herminator”. Journalists named him after the most famous role of the Austrian actor Arnold Schwarzenegger in his movie The Terminator. He presented his compatriot to the public in numerous American talk shows over the next few weeks.

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During the following years, Maier celebrated success after success until the next stroke of fate brought him to his knees. Another driver caused a serious injury after crashing the motorcycle driven by Maier. He was in a mortal danger several times and doctors worried that the leg amputation might be needed. However, Maier fought back with his own will and got back on skis a year and a half later. He already had his first victory in the fifth race since the returning. With his four Olympic medals, including two gold, three world championship titles, and six World Cup medals, 54 victories in the Ski World Cup, and 14 triumphs at World Cup, Hermann Maier is one of the most successful ski athletes of all time. Today, he is dedicated to his work as a TV presenter and brand ambassador for a bank. His popularity continues but it is a pay-off after all the hard work he has done.

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Top Women in Winter Sports History

Top Women in Winter Sports History

If there is one thing that excites an adrenaline fanatic during the winter months, it’s the winter sporting activities that they can get to enjoy. Families and individuals love being involved in winter sports these days. However, women were not always encouraged to be a part of sporting activities and leave alone winter sports. Today with the celebration of women’s rights there are a handful of women who are to be saluted for standing up to a male-dominated society, play winter sports, and give today’s woman hope and freedom. These women have played roles in winter sports right from the 1800s, and this is why they are as unique as they are today. 

Marie Paradis

Climbing snow-covered mountains are not an easy feat even for a professional. For a woman in the 1800s, it is seldom heard off. However, Marie Paradis was one who did it with Jacques Balmat by her side like a mountain guide. She climbed Mont Blanc, and she did it not in trousers, but a dress. Women like Henriette d’Angeville did the same climb ten years after Marie, too. If there is one obvious thing, it is that both women performed and laid the foundation for a winter sporting activity when it was unheard of.

Sonja Henie

In the year 1924, the concept of the winter Olympics was started. However, there was only one category that permitted women, and that was in figure ice skating. A young eleven-year-old girl stood up to 13 other women and competed. She took home the gold for her performance and became the youngest and first woman to win the Winter Olympics in history. The best part is she did it in a short skirt – something that was not allowed at the time. However, Sonja Henie from Sweden believed that the short skirt gave her the agility required on the ice.

Top Women in Winter Sports History
Top Women in Winter Sports History

Christl Cranz and Marielle Goitschel

The year 1936 saw Christl Cranz win the Alpine Skiing winter Olympics category. The category was introduced for the first time that year in the winter Olympics too. It was a year that over 500 women took part in the Winter Olympics as well, and Christl took home the gold. Later, she also won 13 World Championships and added them to her accolades. Coming from a family known for their amazing Alpine ski racing talents, Marielle Gotschel won the Alpine Skiing winter Olympics the very next Olympics after Crystl Cranz did. She won as many as 11 World Championships in the Alpine Ski Racing category and did her family proud. The family is based on the French side Alps and even have resorts and shops to their name. The Famous Val Thorens resort belongs to the Goitschel family in the French Alps.

Janica Kostelic

Croatian born Janica comes from a family that provided her with every support possible to aid in her success in the winter Olympics. With as many as 4 Olympic medals, Janica did her family proud. The determination and her passion to succeed is one that makes her stand up as an icon for women in the winter sports today. She is the first and only woman to win three golds in a single Winter Olympics in 2002.

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Choosing Snowboard or Skis

Choosing Snowboard or Skis

Just like most sports, winter sports require specialized equipment. And not just that; if you fail to choose a proper ball for an amateur football game, most probably the worst that will happen is you will lose some gameplay satisfaction. Winter sports, however, demand for stricter awareness simply because of the dangers involved. Since having the wrong kind of equipment can result in you not being in control and having an accident, and advice of an expert is not always available during the process of purchasing your equipment, here are some noteworthy aspects to bear in mind:

Skiing

Consider the length. There is a lot that needs to come into consideration when choosing your ski length, and one of the most important factors, naturally, is your height. A rule of thumb for this one is for your skis to reach up to your chin or forehead. This will allow you to have flexibility in how you want to utilize them and make it easier to control them.

You can also consider what you want to achieve with them. Shorter skis will help you ski slower and make shorter turns, they usually do not have any rocker, just camber. In general, shorter is better for beginners as well as those who do not feel fully comfortable on a snowy mountain. Longer skis are more suitable for those who feel ready to experiment on the snow and test their skills. The speed that a skier can develop with long skis is significantly faster, they also are more susceptible to sharp and aggressive turns. However, one must keep in mind that if he or she does not feel fully prepared to handle speed and precision while skiing, it is better to stay away from extremely long skis.

Bear in mind what you will use your skis for. If the skis are used for racing or jumping, they will naturally be longer because the skier needs to gain more speed than let’s say when they are skiing in backcountry.

Snowboarding

There are 5 main types of snowboards. Each have unique characteristics and you should choose them based on your physical characteristics, skills, expectations, and, of course, the type of snowboarding you practice:

  • all-mountain (pretty universal, good for beginners)
  • freestyle (mostly used in terrain parks)
  • freeride (used for snowboarding not on groomed runs)
  • powder (created to make use of fresh snow)
  • splitboards (best for backcountry).

There is also the variation of sintered vs extruded base. Because of the different production methods, extruded ones do not hold wax as well as tend to be slower whereas sintered ones hold wax very well and are designed to reach top speeds.

Also, women’s and kid’s categories are worth considering for those to whom it would be relevant. Due to different body mass of men and women of the same height, women’s snowboards have different characteristics and are adapted to meet all snowboarder’s needs. Kids snowboards are known to be softer, which makes it easier for them to learn proper techniques and progress faster. If you want your child to learn more successfully, consider a suitable snowboard and not one he or she can grow into!

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Safety While Skiing

Safety While Skiing

I bet you’ve heard your mother say “better safe than sorry” more than once. And while sometimes that’s annoying, when it comes to skiing, it would be smart to listen to her. Skiing, although in general usually not classified as an extreme sport, can bring about serious and even life-threatening injuries. Regardless of whether you are just heading out for your first skiing vacation ever or if you are an experienced skier with a few black diamond runs under your belt, these might be some points to note before you hit the slopes:

Exercise

While it might seem self-evident, skiing requires a lot of physical preparation. Even if you have been skiing for quite some time, do not expect to find yourself in the finest form ever on the slopes if all you have been doing throughout the year was work and hang out on your couch. Tricks take time to learn, but it is also necessary to have the physical capacity to execute them well. Same applies to beginners; it will be very difficult to manage your skis, let alone yourself on them, if you are a devoted couch-potato. Get a gym membership, find workouts calibrated to enhance performance while skiing, do some cardio, lift some weights and voila!

Choose equipment wisely

It’s not the size of your skis or the fact that you are sliding down the mountain without a helmet that will make you look cool and experienced. Every good skier knows how important appropriate equipment is. If you wish to buy your own skis instead of always renting them, think about what you will mostly use them for, and decide based on that and not on how big or colorful they are. A helmet is a must. Period. If you really do consider yourself a great skier and feel like even this sort of borderline precaution is below you, consider the fact that it might not be you but rather other, less experienced, skiers that can cause an accident. Goggles are also very important; you don’t want to hurt anyone because you simply could not see where you were going! Remember – you can only enjoy the magnificent snow and the brisk pace of skis only if you are prepared for the worst – a big fall – properly.

Listen to the safety instructions

Or any instructions for that matter. That goes without saying if you’re a newbie. Yes, it can get a little redundant if you’re an eager ski resort visitor, but keep in mind that each mountain has its peculiarities. You need to hear about dangerous drops, you need to understand how to properly follow and listen to your instructor, you need to be able to picture how the mountain is mapped out. All of that will not only ensure that you do not end up in some crevasse on the side of the mountain no one ever goes to, but that in general your skiing experience is wholesome and that you get the most out of it.

And to always be on the safe side – take a buddy or two with you. The more, the merrier!

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Six Different Ways to Go Skiing

Six Different Ways to Go Skiing

Skiing is the broad term to cover snowy hillsides and the art of using skis. Most understand the term unless you are talking to a trained ear or needing to book a ski trip. You will inevitably be faced with the question what kind of skiing are you going to do?  If you are destined for the bunny hill, you may find this question a bit perplexing. You may be under the common impression that skiing is just that simply two skis and a slope.

Truthfully, there are many variations of our favorite snow filled activity. Getting to know the different ways you can greet a skiing weekend will open the doors of possibility. There are steps and levels to take, yet it can be exciting to keep a goal in sight. If you are wanting to experience more skiing versatility, review the styles and see if any pique your interest.

Skiing Styles

Cross Country Skiing – this form of skiing may very well be the original style of the sport. Without a chair lift, skiers either glide down or V pattern their movements across stretches of land and hills. There is adaptability as your heel is not a part of the boot binding.

Alpine Skiing – this is the typical skiing setting you see in movies. With chairlifts to assist, this style is also referred to as downhill Skiing. You can expect to have a different set of skis and poles for alpine kiing versus cross country.

Freestyle Skiing – beginners will be safest if they do not attempt a freestyle session until they have acclimated to the skis. Some snowy settings have courses designed with a freestyle in mind. Similar to skateboarding tricks, skiers show off their skills which can definitely draw a crowd.

Skiing Styles
Skiing Styles

Aerial Skiing – in line with freestyle, aerial is equally not for beginners. As skiers hit the hill, they have no poles to guide them. They use specialized skis that are often called a twin tip as it allows them to turn forwards and backwards efficiently. They can do flips and twists as they fly across the air and down the slopes.

Backcountry Skiing – just as it sounds, this is skiing in rustic style. There are no guides or patrols and the paths are not treated. You will climb your way to each hill as you will be away from ski lifts and ropes. Safety equipment and first aid is wise to take on this particular ski adventure. But most important is to take care of yourself and learn this trick step by step.

Telemark Skiing – you will combine the unfastened heel of cross country with the downhill sliding of alpine to master the art of telemark skiing. Instead of using downward pressure, you will guide your skis with a swift motion of your legs. Bending with your knee almost to ground, skiers sway and swoop the length of their run.

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What to Wear on Your Ski Trip

What to Wear on Your Ski Trip

If you are new to the Ski scene, it can be confusing when packing for your first trip to the slopes. Skiing is unlike any other sport or activity when it comes to the what to wear questions. Camping in the cold air is close to the recommended gear, yet still leaves gaps in packing performance. With a few expert tips, Skiing must haves for your trip will keep you a step ahead along the way.

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The Fit Side of Skiing

The Fit Side of Skiing

Finding new fit and healthy activities can be a challenge to say the least. Aside from our daily routines, it is essential to incorporate varying interests to keep our workouts from becoming redundant. Turning to an outdoor adventure will prevent boredom while providing an exhilarating experience. Specific sports are known for their fitness attributes; however a few stand out above the rest. Majestic mountain sides are a perfected balance of excitement and exercise. Skiing has been a favorite among the masses for many generations. Skiing is enjoyed recreationally, competitively and is also reputed as a well balanced workout.

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Going on a Skiing Holiday – Part 2

Going on a Skiing Holiday – Part 2

Once a skier is wearing the correct clothing and is fitted with the right equipment, they are ready to learn how to ski. But before this, they must purchase the ski pass, and the average cost for a week’s skiing in Europe is around 250 Euros. They do not come cheap, but the money is used for the machinery that is required to prepare the slopes at the start and end of each day, to maintain and run the lifts and also to pay the wages of the workers who are running the resort. Looking after the lift pass is essential, as losing the lift pass will usually mean having to buy a replacement.

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Going on a Skiing Holiday – Part 1

Going on a Skiing Holiday – Part 1

Huge numbers of people go on skiing holidays each year to a variety of countries around the world. The preparation needed to enjoy a skiing holiday is huge, and for those who are going on their first visit to the alpine environments, the experience they have in reality can be nothing like the one that they visualize.

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Skiing in Canada

Skiing in Canada

Canada is the perfect country to have a thriving ski industry. Firstly, the geographical location of the country means that it is all situated above 41 degrees north. This means that during the winter months the entire country will generally experience some form of snow fall.

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The Skiing Industry in the United States

The Skiing Industry in the United States

The skiing industry in the United States is the leading force behind many advancements of this alpine activity. The creation of skiing came in an era when the country was already fully developed and because of the presence of such a wide array and variety of mountainous landscapes, it has carved itself a place at the centre of the development of the entire industry.

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Famous Female Snowboarders – Part 2

Famous Female Snowboarders – Part 2

Our second visit to the pistes of the world to discover some of the most famous female snowboarders, once again highlights some of the elite sportswomen that have ever strapped their boards on and headed down the snowy slopes.

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The Skiing Industry in Austria

The Skiing Industry in Austria

There is not a more successful nation in World Cup and Olympic skiing than Austria. The country competes alongside the Norwegians and then Americans in trying to claim which is the most successful country at each major event. Other countries from time to time will produce a skier of exceptional talent, but over the years this land locked country of barely 8.8 million people has produced individuals who have cemented their names in skiing history.

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The Best Bits of a Skiing Trip

The Best Bits of a Skiing Trip

So – you’ve got your plane ticket, your skiing gear and a group of friends around you ready to hit the slopes… But if it’s your first time skiing, then you might be wondering what exactly there is to look forward to. Yes, you’ve heard about the après ski, the soaring feeling of completing a run, the beauty of the slopes, but you’re still feeling a tad apprehensive.

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The Skiing Industry in France

The Skiing Industry in France

The skiing industry in France has a long history and it was the site of the first winter Olympic Games when Chamonix hosted the first event. It was a lot different from what happens today with there being no alpine skiing, but already the tradition of partaking in winter sports was already strong in the country.

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Famous Female Snowboarders – Part 1

Famous Female Snowboarders – Part 1

For thousands of years man has been trying different methods of traveling over snow, and who is possibly to say when the first person tried moving across the surface on one piece of wood, or tree bark? But it is said that the first person who put two skis together to try an mono ski was Sherman Poppen back in 1965.

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The History of Snowboarding

The History of Snowboarding

Snowboarding is both a recreational activity and an Olympic event. It was developed in the 1960s as a combination of sledding, skateboarding skiing and surfing and in 1998 it became an Olympic sport. It first emerged when an American engineer wanted to invent a new toy for his daughter. He did this by attaching two skis together and attaching a rope. The success was so great that he patented it in and it was dubbed the “snurfer”, selling over a million of them over the next decade.

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The History of the Winter Olympics and Other World Events

The History of the Winter Olympics and Other World Events

The Winter Olympic Games are for all sports on snow and ice and are held every four years. Today they are organized to run in the intervening years between the Summer Olympic Games. The 2018 Winter Olympics have just taken place in South Korea and the next Summer Olympics are scheduled to take place in 2020 in Tokyo.

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The History of Ski Jumping

The History of Ski Jumping

Ski Jumping has been part of the winter Olympic Games Longer than slalom and downhill. It was first introduced in 1924, with the first world championship starting the following year in 1925. The first jumping competitions were recorded to have taken place in Norway in 1805 and Olaf Rye won with a jump of just over 9.5 meters. Since this event the Nordic countries has seen the competition as their very own and the sport is followed with greater passion in these nations that the other skiing events.

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The History of Skiing

The History of Skiing

Skiing appears to be the most modern of sports. It is surrounded by the newest gadgets and modern technology, yet people have been skiing for literally thousands of years. There is evidence that people in China were able to ski as far back as 10,000 years ago. The methods of skiing have changed remarkably since the early times, but the reality is that snow has been a part of the planet from the beginning of time and man has always proved adept at living a wide variety of surroundings.

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