Athletes

Kjetil Jansrud wins Super-G, securing the World Cup discipline title

Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud wins his third Super-G title – with a record time of 1:33.21 – rounding up Norway’s winning streak in the Men’s World Cup Super-G to seven seasons! Jansrud secured his third discipline title in four years – he also took the Super-G titles in 2014-15 and last season. He also won Olympic bronze in Pyeongchang last month, adding to his gold from the Sochi Games four years ago and silver from the 2017 world championships. His Norwegian teammates Aksel Lund Svindal (2011-2014) and Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (2016) also won the discipline title in recent years – making Norway the team to watch out for. They’ve matched the winning streak set by Austria who have previously won the super-G title seven years in a row from 1998-2004. Now it’s Norways time to shine. In an interview with ESPN, Jansrud shared his excitement for the win. “I am a…

Winter Olympics Highlights

It’s been an eventful couple of weeks at the Winter Olympics in Pyeonchang, but sadly it has come to an end with the closing ceremony taking place on February 25th. From Ester Ledecka’s shock win in the skiing, to Nathan Chen putting together a fantastic redemption skate, its hard to keep track of it all. So we thought it would be the perfect time for a refresher of some of the big moments and highlights of the Olympics so far: Chloe Kim wins epic gold Chloe Kim put down a run that people are going to be able to tell their kids about in her first Olympic half final. The 17-year-old phenom was pretty much her only competition, it was an amazing performance and the best olympic debut she could have hoped for. Shaun White redeems himself In the nail biting snowboarding run, White took out gold over Japanese star…

Chloe Kim – The Youngest Woman Ever to Win an Olympic Snowboarding Gold Medal

U.S Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim made Olympic history in Pyeongchang last week – becoming the youngest woman ever to win an Olympic snowboarding medal. She may have forgot to finish her breakfast sandwich on the team bus on the morning of the women’s halfpipe event, even complaining about being “hangry” on Twitter right before her third run in the finals. Neverthelesss, being hangry didn’t make a difference at all. Kim won gold, and infact, had secured her gold medal before her third run. In her final sequence, Kim could’ve just gone down the middle of the halfpipe, in search of a bite to eat to suppress her ‘hangryness’, and she would’ve still won gold. Instead, she went all out and scored 98.25, beating her earlier score of 93.75 – which by the way, would’ve won gold – she pulled off the first ever back-to-back 1080s in women’s Olympic history. After…

Snowboarder Ester Ledecka wins shock gold in Super-G Skiing

Until last week, 22-year-old Czech athlete, Ester Ledecka was more well known for her snowboarding talents rather than her exploits on skis. She was ranked 43rd in the World Cup Standing in Super-G, and was thought to have a better chance of gold in the snowboarding events in Pyeongchang this Olympics. But that all changed on Saturday, when she pulled off the shock of the season – beating some of the best female skiers in the world to take out the Olympic Super-G gold.  When Ledecka started her run, defending Super-G champ, Anna Veith was at the bottom of the slope, probably preparing to celebrate becoming the first woman to win back-to-back titles in the Olympic super-G. Ledecka’s run was at par with her starting position until halfway down the course but she carved up the bottom of the run to clock 1:21.11 seconds. She could hardly believe it herself…

Sarah Schleper to compete in fifth Olympics

Fifteen year veteran of the U.S. Ski Team, Sarah Schleper, will be making an appearance at the Winter Olympics in Pyeonghcang this February! Not only will she be competing, but she’ll also be flag bearer for the Mexican delegation at the opening ceremony on February 9th. Although originally from Vail, Schleper married Federico Gaxiola in 2007, became a Mexican citizen in 2014, and has been competing for Mexico, including the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Beaver Creak, and the 2017 Worlds in St Moritz. Schleper has had an eventful skiing career, taking part in 186 World Cup races, and achieving 4 podium finishes, and one victory. Pyeongchang will be her fifth Olympics. In an interview with VailDaily, Schleper talks about how excited she is to be representing Mexico this Winter Games. “Mexico is a wonderfully vibrant and beautiful nation” she said. “We have a lot of Mexicans coming…

Meet Ghana’s first Olympic Skeleton Bobsled athlete

Akwasi Frimpong is Ghana’s very first Olympic Skeleton athlete, making his first appearance at the 2018 Winter Olympics in February! Frimpong is a sprinter, bobsledder and skeleton athlete. He’s had a long and hard journey that has taken him to where he is today. In light of Olympic history’s first Ghanian skeleton athlete, we want to share his story. Akwasi is Ghanian born, but moved to the Netherlands with his parents at the age of 8. After moving to the Netherlands, it took Akwasi and his family a long 13 years to finally earn a Dutch residence permit. His struggles living as an undocumented immigrant from a young age has helped shaped him into the self-assured Dutchman he is today. One of the biggest challenges was finding a school that would accept him despite his illegal residence in the country. Luck was on his side, when he met Peter Jansen,…

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