August’s News in Brief

– Rock Debris Covers Glaciers Across the World
– Chemmy Alcott & Irv The Swerve Show Skill On Water
– Rare Winter Olympic torch sold for big bucks at auction
– Beijing Venues Ready for Competition by End of Year …. UPDATED

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Friday 7th August

Rock Debris Covers Glaciers Across the World

The amount is larger than previously thought.

That’s according to a study run by Britain’s Northumbria University and the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research.

It involved examining satellite imagery of every glacier in the world to verify the level of debris cover.

The researchers found that 29,000 square kilometres were covered by such debris – that’s about 75% of the surface area of Switzerland.

“We now know that debris cover is present on almost half of Earth’s glaciers, with 7.3% of the world’s total mountain glacier area being covered,” said lead researcher Sam Herreid.

The debris gathers when glaciers melt, and rocks fall on to the glacier.

The information will help scientists analyse how glaciers will evolve over the coming centuries.

Mont Fort glacier, Switzerland

Mont Fort glacier, Switzerland

Mont Fort glacier, Switzerland

Mont Fort glacier, Switzerland

Mont Fort glacier, Switzerland

Mont Fort glacier, Switzerland

Wednesday 5th August

Chemmy Shows Her Skills On Water

The GB former alpine ski racer and BBC Ski Sunday presenter Chemmy Alcott has been showing some impressive skills at another, relatively new, sport.

She took to the water at LDB Wakeschool in Chertsey, Surrey, for a spot of wakesurfing.

It’s like surfing only it uses the big wake of a boat rather than the natural waves of the sea.

She went along on the recommendation of a fellow Winter Olympian, GB snowboarder Aimee Fuller.

What balance!

Well done Chemmy.

…… And Irv The Swerve Shows His Skills On Water

Staying on water… what about this for an achievement?

Irving Stone, aka ‘Irv the Swerve’ has just celebrated his 80th birthday on a slalom water ski.

Irving Stone after his 80th birthday water ski - photo BWSW

Irv the Swerve after his 80th birthday water ski – photo BWSW

He’s thought to be the oldest water skier in the country – or at least the oldest practising the sport to a high level.

The video below was filmed by our Chief Reporter Jane Peel, who is a slalom water skier herself and does a bit of work for the governing body, British Water Ski & Wakeboard.

Irving Stone & Jane Peel

Irv the Swerve with Jane Peel – photo BWSW

The story of swerving Irving has been picked up by local and national media.

Not surprising when you look at the video of what he can do.

See for yourself. Respect!

What will you do on your 80th birthday? It was a privilege to be at DAMS Watersports as Irving Stone – aka 'Irv the Swerve' – celebrated his milestone birthday on his slalom ski. Amazing 😲The achievement was marked on the day in the Ham & High and the Hunts Post, and later by numerous other news outlets including ITV News At Ten.https://www.hamhigh.co.uk/news/hampstead-solicitor-s-water-skiing-80th-birthday-1-6772998https://www.huntspost.co.uk/news/80-year-old-on-his-birthday-water-skiis-1-6772510

Posted by Jane Peel on Sunday, 2 August 2020


Winter Olympic Torch Sold For $55,000 

A rare Winter Olympics torch from the 1952 Oslo Games has been sold at auction for $55,000 (£42,000/ €47,000), including the buyer’s premium.

According to Inside The Games, the torch is one of only 95 produced and is constructed of a silver-coloured brass and steel alloy.

It was designed by Geir Grung and Adolf Thoresen and has an oval-shaped top which is engraved with Olympic rings and a representation of the Relay route from Morgedal, in the county of Telemark, to the Norwegian capital, Oslo.

The Oslo Games were the first Winter Olympics to have a Torch Relay, which  took place to mark the origins of skiing in Telemark.

Rare 1952 Oslo Winter Olympic torch - photo RR Auction

Rare Oslo Winter Olympics torch – photo RR Auction

Saturday 1st August

Beijing 2022 Venues Will be Ready to Hold Competitions by End of this Year

That’s according to the Beijing Office for Major Projects Construction.

The city of Beijing is due to hold the ice sports and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies with the now events taking place in Yanqing and Zhangjiakou.

According to Chinese state news agency Xinhua, there are 22 construction projects in the Beijing competition zone, including renovations to existing facilities and the building of the new National Speed Skating Oval.

The Wukesong Arena is due to host ice hockey and the National Speed Skating Oval is set to be completed in October.

Renovations at other venues – including the Beijing National Aquatics Centre, which staged swimming events at Beijing 2008 and will be called the “Ice Cube” for Beijing 2022 – have been finished.

Beijing 2022

Beijing 2022

The Shougang Ski Jumping platform, located next to the Beijing 2022 headquarters, was completed in October 2019 and has already hosted international events.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission for Beijing 2022 has expressed concern over the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on test events for the Games.

Next winter test events are due to be held in speed skating, figure skating, ski jumping, Nordic combined and Alpine skiing.

The coronavirus pandemic as put the events in jeopardy.

“COVID-19 impacts related to travel restrictions, visa requirements and quarantine measures could pose challenges for international experts, officials and athletes to travel to China for the 2020/2021 winter test event season,” said the Coordination Commission chairman, Juan Antonio Samaranch.

Test events for the 2022 Winter Olympics are exempt from a ban on international competitions taking place in China.

The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics are due to run from February 4th to 20th, with the Paralympics following from March 4th to 13th.

Beijing 2022

Beijing 2022

Investigations Continue After Canadian Dies in Summer Skiing Accident in Banff National Park

A 30-year old man from Calgary is man is dead after a fall while skiing near Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada.

He was in a group of five that had hiked to ski a couloir in the Moraine Lake area.

During the descent he fells and suffered serious injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Next of kin has been notified.

Adaptive Skier Sues Aspen

Allison Nicola alleges a chairlift operator negligently misloaded her onto Elk Camp lift, from where moments later she fell 17 feet to the ground.

Her injuries exacerbated by another load operator who landed on top of her.

Nicola, who was 33 years old at the time of the accident in February 2019, suffered what the lawsuit called “permanent physical injuries.”

She was trying to load while in a sit-ski, which was mounted on one ski.

The fall resulted in Nicola suffering a closed head injury, left cerebral hemorrhage, and spinal and vertebral fractures, the suit said.

The Aspen Times reports that she was not fully seated in the lift when it took off with just her and not her instructor aboard.

A lift attendant trying to keep the woman on the chairlift grabbed her from behind and was carried up by the lift.

A second lift attendant stopped the chair and both individuals fell to the ground between towers 2 and 3 said a Skico spokesman at the time.

See here for last month’s edition of News in Brief, July’s News in Brief

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