RED MOUNTAIN RACER ROUND UP: It's ski swap time again!
It has been an exciting autumn for Red Mountain Racers – all over the world!
Sammy Gaul has just returned from spending her summer, wintering in Australia. She continued her ski training, racing in the Australian winter at Mt Buller. After a very successful campaign, Sammy succeeded in securing a spot at Whistler Cup 2014 coming up in April.
A surprise dryland session was announced early last week. All Red Mountain Racers were invited, and they were joined by 23 year old World Cup and Olympic up-and-comer, Sasha Zaitsoff. Sasha is a role model for BC athletes and racers, especially those from Kootenay skihills: Red Mountain, Whitewater and Fernie. For U14 Provincial Alpine Champion, Jane Andison, it was a thrill.
“It is really cool,” says Andison, “to be able to train with somebody who is where I want to be someday.”
For Zaitsoff, this is a watershed year. It’s an Olympic year and for Zaitsoff that comes with some added pressure.
“I’m going to Austria for training,” says Zaitsoff. “My goal is to get selected to compete at a World Cup slalom event in Finland in November.” The pressure is on for this young skier and consistency is key. “I am trying to be as fit as possible at all times. Not only do I need to peak before the Olympics in order to qualify for a spot there, but as an Alpine Racer, I need to peak several times over the season in order to do well at each race I go to.”
A few days later, with Zaitsoff off to Austria, several Red Mountain Racers, including provincial champion, Jane Andison, boarded a flight to take them for a 3 week training camp in Tignes, France. Accompanied by their coach, Mike Osatiuk, these Red Mountain Racers are having the opportunity to train right alongside the National Teams of France and Canada as they prepare for the first Alpine World Cup Downhill of the season, in Solden, Austria.
“Watching the French and Canadian ski teams is very inspirational” commented Andison, “I’ve been particularly excited watching Tessa Worley [French National Team member rated 3rd in GS in World Cup rankings], she is just amazing.”
Local ski racers and enthusiasts will get their first fix of skiing with the ANNUAL RED MOUNTAIN RACERS SKI SWAP set to take place this Saturday, 26 October at Willi Krause Field House in Trail. Gear drop off is at 8:30-11:00 with the swap doors opening at the crack of noon.
Red Mountain Resorts will be there as usual ready to take photos for season pass holders.
Phil Patterson, head coach of Red Mountain Racers, and several Nancy Green coaches will be on hand to answer questions regarding Nancy Green registration.
Lesley Chisholm of Lesley Chisholm photography will be there with a team photo of Nancy Green ski racers from last season – an opportunity to purchase as well as see other superb images of ski racing.
Additionally there will be an opportunity to support Sasha and wish him good luck in his bid for a World Cup and Olympic Berth in 2014. Elaine and Peter Zaitsoff will be helping out at the Swap if you happen to have any questions for these enthusiast and supportive racer parents.