Athletes

Sofia Goggia wins downhill amidst time-keeping issues

Italy’s Sofia Goggia won her first race of the season since her comeback from an ankle injury which caused her to miss the start of the season. However, Goggia didn’t let that stop her, winning the ladies’ downhill at Crans-Montana, Switzerland, on Saturday. Sofia Goggia clocked in at one minute, 29.77 seconds. Joana Haehlen came in second place, 0.36 seconds behind the Italian. Haehlen unfortunately missed out on the typical finish line issue, due to timekeeping issues that didn’t make her run time immediately available. Nicole Schmidhofer had ‘unofficially’ rounded up the top three, while officials had to check and verify the race times for athletes who were affected by the timekeeping issues. Switzerland’s Lara Gut-Behrami was unofficially in fourth place prior to the check, however after officials made their verifications, Gut-Behrami was then confirmed as the final podium athlete in third place, while Schmidhofer was verified in fourth place.…

    Is Mikaela Shiffrin set to be the world’s greatest ski racer?

    In light of Mikaela Shiffrin’s massive win in Sweden this week – her 14th World Cup win of the season – everyone has been raving about Shiffrin’s dominance in the skiing sport right now. With her win on Tuesday being her 14th victory this season, she is currently tied with Switzerland’s Vreni Schneider’s 1989 record of winning the most wins within a single season!

      Jarl Riiber wins tenth World Cup victory of the season

      Norwegian Jarl Magnus Riiber won his tenth World Cup victory this season, beating out Finland’s IIkka Herola in Klingenthal by 0.5 seconds. The race, which was held on Sunday,  still went underway, despite snowy and stormy weather conditions. However, jumping was not possible in these conditions, which meant Friday’s (February 1st) provisional competition jumps had to be used instead).

        Norway’s Maren Lundby strikes again

        It’s been a great season for Maren Lundby, winning her fifth gold in a row on Sunday! The Olympic champion made winning jumps of 90.0 and 88.5 to finish with a total of 250.8 points. Japanese skier, Sara Takanashi came in second with jumps of 88m and 89m with a final score of 241.2 points. Germany’s Katharina Althaus took third place with 121 points.

          Mizayaki becomes first female junior champion in Nordic combined

          Nordic combined history has been made by Japanese skier, Ayane Mizayaki. After Wednesday’s race at the Junior World Ski Championships in Lahti, Mizayaki became the first-ever female champion in Nordic combined.

          She won the race with a time of 17:43.8, with Norway’s Gyda Westvold not far behind with a time of 17:47.4. Mizayaki’s fellow teammate Anju Nakamura finished in third place at 18:02.3.

            Mikaela Shiffrin wins Super-G Gold in Cortina

            One thing is for sure – there’s no stopping Mikaela Shiffrin! The 23 year old alpine skier struck gold once again on Sunday, winning her third Super-G of the season. It’s her 54th win of her career, getting her even closer to the all-time record of 86 wins. She tore up the slopes in Cortina, finishing the race in 1 minute, 22.48 seconds – 0.16 seconds faster than runner-up Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein. Austria’s Tamara Tippler was a close third – just 0.02 second behind Weirather. Shiffrin has been on her game this season, mastering the course that hindered other skiers from finishing their races, including Lindsey Vonn, and Alice Merryweather. The super-G win is Shiffrin’s 11th victory of the season. With more performances like this, it’s likely she will reach the all-time list while she’s still in her 20s. But one of the record’s that is close in her…

              How setting goals can benefit athlete performance

              Goal setting plays a huge part in helping athletes achieve optimal performance. The goal-setting process helps them understand where their performance is currently at, and also where they want to improve, and how they’re going to go about it. It’s important for an athlete to set systematic goals that are focused on the process and performance, rather than being focused on the outcome of competition. While winning is a great goal, setting goals that are based more around self-development, learning, and improvement are much more effective in boosting athlete performance and skill. Here’s how goal setting can help athletes improve their performance. It boosts athlete motivation Setting goals is a great way for athletes to become more motivated and driven . Having a goal in mind – rather than training mindlessly – gives them a better sense of direction. It makes them more persistent and motivated to achieve that specific…

                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…

                  Navigate