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There is nothing quite like a winter getaway to see in the New Year, and ski resorts are always a top destination for the holiday season.

Fresh air, unspoiled powder, crisp winter sun, and long open slopes make for perfect ski resorts, and celebrities certainly know the best places to find all of the above.

Whether it’s skiing, snowboarding, or just chasing the après-ski vibes, here are six celebrities and the destinations they’ve hit the slopes this winter.

1. Madonna: Gstaad, Switzerland

Madonna took advantage of the snow with her six children during the holidays.

The Material Girl and her family – Lourdes, 25, Rocco, 21, David Banda, 16, Mercy James, 15, and twins Estere and Stella Ciccone, 9 – were pictured posing with yodellers and then running down them. slopes of Gstaad in the Swiss Alps.

Located in the upscale seaside resort of the Bernese Oberland region, this destination has been a longtime celebrity favorite.

2. Olivia Palermo: Vail, Colorado

The American fashion and socialite star begins the New Year on the legendary slopes of Vail, Colorado, USA.

The international style queen posted a photo of herself in the snow outside the five-star Sonnenalp Hotel Vail. Palermo didn’t look quite ready to hit the slopes, as she posed with a bright yellow Madison Avenue Couture handbag and a made-up face. Another article shows the socialite drinking in the mountain views that the luxury hotel and its surroundings are famous for.

3. Princess Béatrice: Verbier, Switzerland

Princess Beatrice’s husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi shared an Instagram snap from their recent ski vacation in Verbier, Switzerland to his Instagram account on Friday.

The duo spent the new year in the alpine village of the canton of Valais. Known as the gateway to the 4 Vallées ski area, many trails offer breathtaking views of the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc.

The family were joined in the upscale ski resort by Princess Beatrice’s sister, Princess Eugenie and her family, and their mother, Sarah, Duchess of York.

4. Kevin Hart, Willow and Jayden Smith: Aspen, Colorado

After taking his family on vacation to one of America’s most expensive ski towns, actor and comedian Kevin Hart posted photos from the trip to Aspen to Instagram.

In the pictures, the Jumanji The star can be seen wearing a black and white puffer jacket that matches perfectly with the outfit her children are wearing. Hart was also seen enthusiastically cheering on his children as they trek through the Rocky Mountains.

With no less than four high-end ski resorts nearby, it’s no wonder celebrities flock to Aspen for fun in the winter.

Hart wasn’t the only celebrity skiing in Aspen this winter: Siblings Willow and Jayden Smith also hit the slopes, dressed from head to toe in clothes from their joint MSFTSrep clothing line.

5. Tiffany Trump: Courchevel 1850, France

With 19 five-star hotels and six Michelin-starred restaurants, it’s no wonder that Courchevel 1850 in the French Alps is a haunt of renowned celebrities.

This winter, former first daughter Tiffany Trump skipped her father Donald Trump’s New Years Eve party in Florida to hit the slopes of the world-famous ski resort.

She was joined by her fiance Michael Boulos, who posted this photo of the couple enjoying the runs outside a Giorgio Armani boutique.

6. John Terry: Crans-Montana, Switzerland

Football coach John Terry spent a week in Crans-Montana in the Swiss Alps, hitting the slopes with his wife Toni and children Summer and Georgie.

The former English coach and former footballer was staying at Petit Crans, one of the most exclusive ski chalets in Switzerland. He posted several videos and images on Instagram showing the family skiing and enjoying the après-ski vibe.

With peaks ranging from 1,500 to 3,000 meters, the Crans-Montana ski area offers a breathtaking view from its 140 kilometers of marked slopes entirely exposed to the south.

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Aaron Ewen takes 2018 setback in stride to make Paralympic winter dream come true Fri, 07 Jan 2022 16:00:00 +0000

After missing out on fashion four years ago, Aaron Ewen is just weeks away from finally being able to call himself a Paralympian.

The para-alpine skier was in exactly the same position in 2018, set to represent New Zealand at their first Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, before sustaining a serious injury with less than two months to go.

Fighting to win the selection for Beijing 2022 in March was the perfect way to end this chapter. But, in all fairness, the pain and disappointment of having to retire from the biggest event of his career didn’t last as long as most would have imagined.

At the time, Ewen had much more pressing issues to deal with.

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“Not going to the Paralympics sucks after everything you’ve done,” he said Things. “But then losing your leg to a bone infection, it sucks.”

Ewen was in the midst of preparing for PyeongChang 2018 when he fractured his hip during training, which would have been bad enough if he hadn’t suffered from a bone infection after the surgery.

It took another operation to clear the infection, leaving Ewen “a good five months without overdoing it.”

As difficult as it was to see his Olympic dream put on hold, the fear of losing his leg kept him in touch with the bigger picture.

“When you put it into perspective, it wasn’t a huge deal – heal so you can at least live a normal life,” said Ewen, who competes with a sit ski in the LW11 classification.

“The Paralympics are so sick, but it’s only a two week event. It could be the best two weeks of your life, but you still have all the other years to live. So my main focus was to put it off. my body at Ordinary. “

Aaron Ewen speaks to the media after being selected for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, before injury forced him to retire.

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Aaron Ewen speaks to the media after being selected for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, before injury forced him to retire.

His optimistic approach in the face of such a big setback is just one example of Ewen’s incredible mind.

Born in France before moving to the town of Waikato in Tuakau as a child, Ewen vaguely remembers her travels in the snow as a youngster. But it was another downhill discipline – mountain biking – that was his first love.

However, in February 2013, shortly after his 16th birthday, Ewen suffered a major accident during a competition, sustaining a spinal cord injury that left him motionless in his legs.

Despite the life-changing injury, he refused to let it hold him back.

Just six months after the accident, Ewen tried sitting skiing for the first time when his friends took him to Mount Ruapehu for a lesson and a new passion was born.

“I definitely wasn’t too good at the start,” Ewen recalls. “I wouldn’t say I picked it up quickly. I’ve seen other people pick it up faster, but I guess it was just the number of hours I put into it.”

After a few years, Ewen began to take the racing side more seriously after relay training in Winter Park, Colorado for the 2017 season. In February of that year, he won his first international podiums with a third place finish in the race. giant slalom and slalom at world para-alpine ski races in the United States.

But he always loved freeskiing, relishing the independence he found on the snow after the accident.

Aaron Ewen with other Kiwi para-alpine skiers Corey Peters (left) and Adam Hall (center), who will also compete in Beijing.

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Aaron Ewen with other Kiwi para-alpine skiers Corey Peters (left) and Adam Hall (center), who will also compete in Beijing.

“It’s probably the only wheelchair sport that you can do independently and be at the same level as the average able-bodied person,” Ewen said.

“For all other sports, you need help somehow, or you can’t do everything your friends can do. But skiing, you can climb the mountain on your own. , go skiing on your own, go home on your own, which is pretty unreal. “

After recovering from his hip injury in 2018, Ewen returned to racing during the New Zealand winter of 2019, achieving several podium finishes in the Southern Hemisphere Cups. He capped his successful comeback with a selection to the Paralympic Winter Team last November.

Since leaving the country two months ago with teammates Adam Hall and Corey Peters, the trio have trained and competed in North America and Europe.

It’s a bit of a step into the unknown for Ewen after the Covid-19 pandemic kept him from competing abroad for two years, while the intensity intensifies over the next fortnight with the World Paraneige Championships in Lillehammer, Norway.

Not that he is confused by the level of the competition.

“Which is good,” Ewen added. “Better than being scared or overwhelmed. I just see them as the same, not different from me.

“At the end of the day, it’s all about the Olympics, that’s the main event we are aiming for. But it will be a good benchmark race to see where I am because I have never competed in a Cup. of the world before, so I don’t know where I’m sitting against everyone. “

Ewen is not yet a full-time athlete and shares his year of competition in the winter with a job as a bike mechanic in the summer.

He credits the act of juggling with making him “warmer”, but is looking to take his career to the next level with a solid performance in Beijing.

“It would be the dream, not having to work anymore,” said Ewen. “I hope to be in the top six, that’s the goal.”


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]]> The Chinese are rolling down the slopes, by Jordan Pouille (Le Monde diplomatique Wed, 05 Jan 2022 15:08:36 +0000

Making snow at Manong Mountain Ski Resort, Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, December 2021

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Just A few weeks before the 2022 Winter Olympics (February 4-20) in Beijing, the Chinese public channel CCTV (China Central Television) aired the short documentary Guardians of the White Mountain, on the workers who maintain the ski slopes.

The first is Sun Duncheng, 53, who operates the snow cannons at White Mountain Ski Resort in Fusong, northeast China’s Jilin Province. It’s hard work: they run all night, from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., and at the slightest hiccup – clogged water pipe, faulty fan – he receives an alert on his smartphone.

Next is Gao Wenbin, who drives a crawler groomer, smoothing the resort’s 30 trails under the glow of his powerful headlights. The voiceover says, “The snow has created new job opportunities” and tells us that the government aims to involve 300 million Chinese in winter sports.

Wu Bin (“Benny Wu”) is a lecturer at Beijing Sports University, vice president of the Beijing Ski Association and former director of strategy for China Vanke, one of the four biggest promoters. real estate in the country. In July 2021, as for five years, he published the latest version of his White Paper on the Ski Industry in China, which reveals that China now has 770 winter sports resorts, compared to just one in 1996 and 200 in 2008.

More a fun hobby than a sport

The industry recorded 20.76 million skier days in the 12 months from April 2020. Eighty percent of these were on artificial snow and 83% of skiers were under 50 years old. Most were beginners: only 22% of skiers had slopes greater than 100m. In the words of French researchers Arnaud Waquet and Sarah Mischler, “China is the largest market for beginners in the world”.

“You have to develop a simple method so that people can learn [to ski] in half a day, ”they say,“ especially if you want to capture the affluent middle class market. The Chinese tend to see skiing not as a sport that requires training but as a fun pastime: “After two (…)

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Brazilian Bolsonaro rushed to hospital with intestinal blockage Mon, 03 Jan 2022 12:50:13 +0000

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was rushed to hospital Monday morning after experiencing “abdominal discomfort” which doctors said was caused by a blockage in the intestines, his office and medical team said.

Bolsonaro, 66, was on vacation at the beach in Santa Catarina state, in the south of the country, when the pain began, resulting in a rushed evacuation to Sao Paulo on the presidential plane.

The far-right leader has had a series of health problems since being stabbed in the abdomen during the 2018 presidential campaign that brought him to power.

“After feeling abdominal discomfort, the president was admitted Monday morning to the Vila Nova Star hospital in Sao Paulo for examinations,” his office said in a statement.

“The president is doing well. Further details will be released following the update of his medical bulletin.”

Bolsonaro’s medical team said he was suffering from “intestinal under-obstruction,” a partial blockage of the intestinal tract.

“He is stable, undergoing treatment and will be reassessed throughout the morning,” his doctors said in a statement.

“At the moment, there are no plans for his release.”

TV Globo showed footage of Bolsonaro walking unaided as he disembarked from his plane with his entourage.

Jet ski vacation

Dr Antonio Luiz Macedo, the surgeon who heads the medical team and has operated on Bolsonaro in the past, told the UOL news site that the president will undergo a battery of tests.

In July, Bolsonaro spent four days seeking treatment for a bowel obstruction.

Since the knife attack, Bolsonaro has undergone at least four abdominal surgeries.

He cries regularly as he talks about his stabbing in September 2018, carried out by an isolated assailant who was found to be psychologically unfit to stand trial.

Doctors said Bolsonaro lost 40% of his blood in the attack, which nearly killed him.

But he survived and won the presidency in October, fueling supporters’ unwavering faith in the man they call ‘Mito’ – ‘The Myth’.

Bolsonaro’s aura of invincibility has faded since then, however.

His approval rating is at an all-time low as he prepares to run for reelection in October.

Bolsonaro is far behind his likely opponent, left-wing ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (2003-2010), whose recent polls indicate he could win the elections in the first round.

The Bolsonaro beach vacation, which began on December 27, has sparked controversy in recession-stricken Brazil.

As the northeastern state of Bahia grabs with deadly flooding, the president has ignored calls to end his vacation, instead posting videos of himself soaking up the sun and jetting skiing through crowds of cheering supporters.

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On the line

People celebrating New Years at Imjingak Pavilion in Paju, South Korea watch their neighbors to the north.

Light show in Paris

People attend New Year’s celebrations on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. The traditional light show and fireworks display in the French capital have been canceled due to Covid-19.

Sikh new year

Sikhs gather at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, northwest India.

Devil costume

A person in devil costume participates in an annual New Year’s Day parade through the streets of Quito, Ecuador.

Consequences of a forest fire

Todd Lovrien examines debris from the Marshall Fire at the site of his sister’s home in Louisville, Colorado. Tens of thousands of people have fled neighborhoods across the U.S. state after the wind fanned fierce flames on Friday. Authorities said they feared more than 500 homes had been destroyed.

Sunset walk

Balloon vendors return home as the sun sets on New Years Eve in Jammu, India.

By train

Norwegian Daniel Andre Tande soars through the air with Germany’s highest mountain, the 2,962-meter-high Zugspitze, in the background. The qualifying jump was for the FIS Four-Hills tournament in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

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Party or pajamas? New Year’s celebrations in France continue despite record cases of Covid Thu, 30 Dec 2021 18:38:48 +0000 Will the French be spending New Years Eve in slippers this year? It was the headline of the French daily Le Parisien, while the weekly Le Point summed up the dilemma in three words: “Evening or sofa? – an evening or an evening on the sofa? This is the question that arises in homes across France ahead of New Year’s Eve, as Covid-19 cases in the country reach unprecedented levels.

Some decide to go ahead with the celebrations despite the increase in cases. Ramez Sabah, who lives in the western town of Angers with his family, always celebrates New Years with a small group of friends, and this year will be no exception.

“We cannot continue to live like this and avoid others,” he told FRANCE 24. The couple are both fully vaccinated and consider the Omicron variant to be less harmful, so they are less worried about it. ‘catch the virus.

French public health officials have said Omicron causes fewer hospitalizations than the more dangerous Delta variant, but the government has stressed that with six or seven times as many cases, even though the strain is less virulent, it will still put the health sector under strain. stump.

For Vincent Gomez and his partner Sophie Calzia, who live in Marseille, there was no question of canceling their New Year’s Eve plans. They will be heading to the Alps with a group of friends for a few days of skiing and a party on the 31st. Gomez told FRANCE 24 he wasn’t particularly worried about Covid-19: those attending the party who have been in contact with a case of Covid will be tested before they arrive, and he and Calzia are not only fully vaccinated but also caught Covid a few months ago.

“It didn’t even occur to us not to go. We were so keen to pack our bags and get away for a bit, ”he said, adding that the group of friends were planning to open the windows and try to respect social distancing at night itself. .

“While once the party is on, I think these precautions will likely be forgotten,” he said wryly.

A “tidal wave” of cases

On December 29, there was a record of 208,000 Covid-19 cases detected in France over 24 hours, breaking a previous record set the day before of 180,000 positive Covid-19 tests per day. Olivier Véran, the country’s Minister of Health, called it a “tidal wave”.

“This means that 24/7, day and night, every second, two French people test positive for the coronavirus,” he explained. “We’ve never experienced anything like it.”

Samuel (an assumed name to protect his identity) is a young doctor in the emergency department of Beaujon hospital in Clichy, just outside central Paris. He says when he started working in the department in November, they were only seeing one case of Covid-19 per day. Now, that figure has multiplied – and he points out that it is mostly unvaccinated people who occupy hospital beds with more severe forms of Covid.

“We are running out of beds,” he explained. “We lack personnel, we lack material. And meanwhile, the government is investing billions of euros in testing and vaccination. Pharmacies and doctors have endless testing, but there is no money for public hospitals.

The public health sector has asked the government for more money to fill staff shortages, due in part to people leaving the profession due to burnout or having to self-isolate when infected with it themselves. Covid-19.

Jérémy Chanchou is a nursing assistant in the emergency department of the Arles public hospital in the south of France.

“The staff are exhausted after two years of this continuing crisis. Especially since we do not even see the end. A lot of people are on sick leave. Eight of my colleagues are quitting their jobs, trying to move somewhere else or simply to retrain in something different because they are tired of working in these conditions, “he told FRANCE 24.

On December 8, eight regions in France activated the “white plan”, which allows health centers to prepare for an influx of cases by reserving beds for Covid-19 patients and postponing or canceling non-urgent procedures .

“All of the nurses’ year-end vacations have been canceled so that we have enough staff to do our jobs properly,” Chanchou said. “In 17 years of working in hospitals, I have never seen so many of my colleagues cry after being asked to make even more sacrifices.”

Chanchou believes that the canceled operations risk turning into “a silent health emergency.” The effects of this in a few months will be terrible.

Too much or not enough ?

The government put new drip measures in place over the past month, clearly reluctant to have to re-impose strict restrictions on year-end festivities. On December 17, Prime Minister Jean Castex said he was calling on citizens to act responsibly during New Year’s celebrations, limiting the number of guests to parties, testing before attending social events and respecting social distancing measures, but refrained from imposing a curfew (as was the case last year) or capacity limits for events.

On December 27, the government announced that working from home at least three days a week would become compulsory from January 3 whenever possible, and that eating and drinking would be prohibited in cinemas, public transport. community and gyms, as well as standing to eat or drink in bars or cafes. The government has been criticized for these recent measures, including the decision to make it compulsory to wear a mask outside in Paris and other parts of the Paris region.

Lindsey Tramuta, a Paris-based journalist and author of La Nouvelle Parisienne, said she believes the government is putting the economy first and is considering the expected candidacy of French President Emmanuel Macron for re-election in the year’s general election next.

“If they wanted to do something more constructive, the government would have delayed going back to school after the holidays and would have been stricter with restaurants, bars and other enclosed spaces. Wearing masks outside of Paris but then removing them inside a restaurant? It doesn’t make a lot of sense. The management of this crisis is now entirely political. The days of whatever the cost are over, ”she said, referring to a speech Macron gave in March 2020, when he said the country would do“ whatever it takes ”to fight the pandemic.

The latest Covid rules at ski resorts and advice for travelers Wed, 29 Dec 2021 10:24:00 +0000


Entry conditions

France has banned all non-essential travel for British citizens. Before this imposition, fully vaccinated people could travel to France with proof of a negative test up to 48 hours before travel, and children aged 12 and over had to show proof of a test result for avoid quarantine. Find more information here.

Are the seaside resorts open?

Yes, the resorts in France are now open and benefit from the best snow conditions at the start of the season in recent history.

What rules are in place?

It is a legal obligation for anyone over the age of 12 to show a pass sanitary or an NHS vaccination certificate to enter all restaurants, cafes and bars – even to sit outside. For those over 65, the third booster dose will be mandatory to activate the pass from December 15, all other people over 12 will continue to require proof of full vaccination, recovery or a negative test performed every 24 hours to activate their pass. Tests are available for adolescents at beach resorts, costing around € 22 for an antigen test or € 44 for a PCR.

From January 15, a third booster dose will be mandatory for all adults to activate their health pass. If an adult has not received a booster within seven months of their second vaccine, then their pass will be deactivated and they will have to join the unvaccinated for daily testing.

Unfortunately, as cases increase, this limit has been exceeded and health passes will be required to ski, for the time being until cases decrease. Earlier this month, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State for Tourism in France, confirmed: “If health passes were required on ski lifts, checks should be carried out when the ski passes are sold. , at the start of ski lessons, and randomly at the entrance to the ski lifts. I trust those who work in the mountains, they are professionals when it comes to welcoming and managing large numbers of visitors. “

Masks will again be mandatory in all indoor spaces, including those covered by the sanitary pass, including bars, cafes and restaurants, when not sitting, eating or drinking. Face masks are also required for anyone over the age of 11 when they gather for ski schools, at large outdoor events like Christmas markets and on ski lifts, but not on the slopes – currently, there is no capacity limit on the ski lifts. From December 10, nightclubs have closed and from January 3, cafes and bars will be table-only and indoor events will be limited to 2,000 people and outdoor public gatherings will be limited to 5. 000 people.

From ski slopes to tennis courts, Covid’s shadow lurks Mon, 27 Dec 2021 13:02:10 +0000

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Paris (AFP) – Ski ace Mikaela Shiffrin and tennis star Andrey Rublev have tested positive for Covid-19 within weeks of the Winter Olympics and the Australian Open respectively, as world sport has felt again the freezing wind of the coronavirus.

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Shiffrin will miss this week’s World Cup races in Lienz, but with an overall lead of over 100 points she can probably afford it.

Rublev, however, is more embarrassed with the season’s first Grand Slam, the Australian Open which begins in Melbourne on January 17.

“I have to recover and I will not go to Melbourne until I am sure it is safe for everyone,” Rublev tweeted on Monday.

World number five, along with former world number one Rafael Nadal, Wimbledon semi-finalist Denis Shapovalov and US Open champion Emma Raducanu, may well regret accepting the money to compete in the tournament. exhibition in Abu Dhabi earlier this month.

The quartet, as well as Wimbledon women’s quarterfinalist Ons Jabeur and Olympic champion Belinda Bencic, have all tested positive. Raducanu didn’t even play as she tested positive before the tournament, as did Nadal’s coach Carlos Moya.

Debate still rages on whether the English Premier League was correct in insisting that the show should continue into Christmas rather than stop.

Three Boxing Day matches have been canceled and two scheduled for Tuesday have already been postponed.

The situation has raised the thorns of Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel, not least because his club’s call for the December 19 game with Wolves to be called off was rejected.

“It’s not fair,” Tuchel said after his team beat Aston Villa 3-1 on Sunday.

“We’ve all been in bed for 10 days and we play against teams that are preparing with postponed games, and who are preparing with a week for those games.

“They make us play all the time, even though we have Covid.

“We have new injuries and it won’t stop. The people at the green table, in the offices, are making these decisions.”

“This cannot be the right way”

Unlike the English leagues, the Scottish Premiership clubs had leeway and brought their three-week winter break forward by one week.

The decision had a financial angle: the Scottish government had taken measures as early as Boxing Day that limited attendance to 500 spectators.

Shiffrin’s rivals won’t even have that number to look at in Lienz as the Austrian Ski Federation has found it necessary to ban spectators.

“We are aware of our responsibility,” said Roswitha Stadlober, President of the Austrian Ski Federation.

Not much has gone well for the England cricket team in Australia with their chances of recovering the Ashes all but vanished.

Things got worse when four tour members – two support staff and two family members – tested positive for the coronavirus hours before the start of the second day of the third test in Melbourne.

The team nervously awaits the results of the PCR tests.

“We have just stepped up security protocols around the dressing room, wearing masks and keeping the distance where possible,” said England rhythm thrower Jimmy Anderson.

Covid has already cost National Hockey League players the chance to go to the Winter Olympics. They agreed last week that the league couldn’t make up for the backlog of lost games.

The situation became so dire that the NHL allowed teams to use taxi teams – six-player reserve groups – to bolster their rosters.

Such teams were used last season in response to the impact of the pandemic on the league.

French rugby’s Top 14 bosses didn’t have to go that far, but the majority of their Sunday and Monday matches were called off.

This will put increasing pressure on the calendar as seven European matches involving French clubs were postponed from the previous weekend.

The only free weekends are those reserved for the Six Nations.

They, like other leagues, could echo Tuchel’s words by the end of the season.

“It’s like it is, but it can’t be the right way,” Tuchel said.

The Alice Robinson ski sensation on her need for speed, snow and … sand Sat, 25 Dec 2021 16:00:00 +0000

Four years after having tasted the Winter Olympics for the first time at age 16, Alice Robinson is heading to Beijing 2022 in February with the world of downhill skiing at her feet.

With three Giant Slalom World Cup victories before the age of 20, a feat not achieved since 1988, the Queenstown-based sensation is one of New Zealand’s top medal hopefuls for the next Winter Games.

Alice Robinson won three World Cup races before she turned 20.

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Alice Robinson won three World Cup races before she turned 20.

Her preparation in Beijing also went very well – netting a career fourth Super G place finish in a World Cup race – until last week when she contracted Covid-19.

This forced her to withdraw from last week’s events in France, but the 20-year-old took to social media to report that she was feeling well and was planning to return. on the slopes as soon as possible.

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Prior to his diagnosis, Robinson traded cold for Back Chat warm seat to discuss all things snow and speed, his Australian roots and, of course, the Olympics.

Competing on the World Cup circuit means a White Christmas in the Northern Hemisphere, and your birthday is in December. Do you already have the opportunity to celebrate these occasions at home?

No, I don’t, and it’s something that I really miss. This is probably the hardest thing for me because we don’t have time, it’s almost impossible to come back.

We are always a few. We call ourselves the orphans of the road and we always team up and have a big Christmas dinner.

When you have the opportunity to take a break, what is your perfect vacation destination – snow or sand?

Sand, certainly. I spend enough time on the snow. If I go on vacation, it will be at the beach.

How does it feel to be the only Kiwi on the tour, not only competing with the heavyweight ski nations of Europe and North America, but beating them?

I remember when I first started doing it it was a big motivation for me to get into the World Cup.

In Austria, Switzerland and these immense ski countries, skiing is like their rugby. You drive in Austria and every two kilometers there is a ski lift and there are people skiing. It is their national sport and they devote so many resources to it.

So being from New Zealand and being the youngest it was fun for me to think, why can’t I take on these great countries, why not? This is what motivated me.

Alice Robinson has been selected for her second Olympic Winter Games.

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Alice Robinson has been selected for her second Olympic Winter Games.

Giant slalom is your specialty, but you’ve recently turned heads in Super G and also added downhill, the other speed discipline, to your repertoire. Have you always had nerves of steel?

I’ve always been – I wouldn’t say fearless – but I’ve always enjoyed taking risks and doing adrenaline-pumping stuff. And starting to ski downhill, I think I’m having too much fun. It’s great, but at the same time when you make 130 clicks and you’re on those little skis, it’s always a bit risky that you’re going to cark.

It’s something that I’m building for the long haul, to be at the same level as I’m in GS downhill and Super G, but it’s more of a three-year plan.

It’s time to clean up. You have lived most of your life in New Zealand, but you were born across the divide. Is there something you still support Australia in?

No comment (laughs). No, I stay with Kiwis on sports.

I have a few Australian sponsors now and a few of my family sometimes give me a bit of a stick to ski for New Zealand but it’s okay. I’m quite happy to be a Kiwi.

A lot has changed since your first Olympics and you go to the next one with new expectations. What does success look like for you in Beijing?

I think success would be a medal, that’s what I’m aiming for. I feel like I’m good enough at it. I have already won these competitions (World Cup) so I feel like I can do it. But at the same time, it’s going to be different all of a sudden to have the whole country paying a little more attention.

It’s going to be new, but it’s also really exciting to show everyone back home what you’ve been up to and they can all experience it too.

It’s going to be cool to show New Zealand snow sports, especially with Nico (Porteous) and Zoi (Sadowski-Synnott) doing so well. I feel like we have a great crew for the country to support.

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Hannah Halvorsen.
US Ski & Snowboard

Truckee’s Hannah Halvorsen had her career-best World Cup performance on Saturday, leading the USA team to seventh place in Dresden, Germany.

Halvorsen, who finished second in the free sprint quarter-finals, reached the World Cup semi-final for the first time in his career.

“I’m still a bit in shock,” Halvorsen said in an interview with US Ski & Snowboard. “It was surreal and exciting to make my first semi-finals. The best part of the day was the confidence I got from skiing in a semi-final and feeling like I was in the mix. I am grateful for this opportunity and can’t wait for more.

The six best skiers advance to the final round. Halvorsen was 0.25 seconds behind the sixth.

Halvorsen, 23, competed in the team sprint competition on Sunday and finished in 15th place.

On the men’s side, JC Schoonmaker of North Tahoe continued his strong start to the season, finishing ninth in Saturday’s free sprint in Dresden. Schoonmaker, 21, has set the third fastest qualifying time and has finished in the top 10 twice this season. He would then compete in Sunday’s team sprint event, helping propel the USA team to ninth place.


The Alpine Women’s World Cup season took place this week in Courcheval, France, for a pair of giant slalom races.

Palisades Tahoe team skiers AJ Hurt and Nina O’Brien were among four Americans to score World Cup points in Tuesday’s race.

O’Brien, 24, took 15th place, while Hurt, 21, was 28th. Mikaela Shiffrin led the American effort, securing her 72nd World Cup victory.

Another Palisades Tahoe skier, Keely Cashman, did not qualify for the second round of the giant slalom, but finished 44th in Sunday’s super-G event in Val d’Isère, France .

Justin Scacco is a writer at Sierra Sun. He can be contacted at