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Beijing Winter Olympics

Russia & Belarus Banned From Competing At Paralympics in U-Turn

The International Paralympic Committee has reversed its position after threats of mass boycotts from other countries. The decision comes 24 hours after the IPC announced athletes from the two countries could compete as neutrals. Russia has condemned the decision and says it will take legal action. UPDATED

Sharp Criticism as Russia & Belarus Allowed To Compete at Winter Paralympics As Neutrals

The International Paralympic Committee made the decision at a meeting in Beijing, just two days before the Games are due to begin. The UK government has sharply criticised the decision alongside other sporting organisations. The IPC was considering the position after the International Olympic Committee called on athletes and officials from the two countries to be banned in response to the invasion of Ukraine. NEW & UPDATED

Will Russia be Banned from Paralympics?

On Friday 4th March the Winter Paralympics are due to get underway in Beijing. In an unprecedented move the International Olympic Committee is calling on sports federations and event organisers to ban all athletes and officials from Russia & Belarus from international sporting events. UPDATED

Norway Calls for Full Sporting Ban on Russia

Norway won the most medals at the Beijing Winter Olympics. Its stance contradicts the initial policy of the International Ski Federation. FIS has been criticised in some quarters for its reaction to the unfolding crisis in Ukraine.

PlanetSKI Takes on The Legendary 8

It’s a new route through the Dolomitisuperski area in Italy in the Val Gardena section. We’ve skied the area’s Sella Ronda many a time, but not the ‘Legendary 8’. Time to put that right and assess its legendary credentials.

Winter Paralympics GB Squad Announced

ParalympicsGB has confirmed one of the biggest British teams ever to compete at a Paralympic Winter Games with the announcement of the Ski and Snowboard athletes for Beijing 2022.

GB’s Dave Ryding Misses Out on An Olympic Medal

After a disappointing first run Dave put in a good second run that propelled him to the top of the leaderboard for a while. But he finished outside the top 10, in 13th place.

Winter Olympics Draws to a Close

No medals on snow, but Gus Kenworthy comes 8th in ski half pipe and Andrew Musgrave does himself proud in cross-country. The women curlers take gold, with the men curlers winning silver. Check out the latest. UPDATED

The Winter Olympics: Freestyle Explained

The 2022 Winter Olympics are finally here and the UK’s Gaz Vogan is one of 10 judges whose scores will determine who is crowned Olympic Champion in the freestyle snowboard events. In part two of his exclusive account from Beijing for PlanetSKI he explains how they judge the riders.

The Winter Olympics: A Judge’s Story

This weekend GB’s own Gaz Vogan will begin his work judging the snowboard freestyle events at the 2022 Winter Games.  He is the only Briton selected for the 10-man judging panel. He’s written this account for PlanetSKI about the life and work of a judge. Part One: Being a Judge.

Injury Blow for GB Olympic Medal Hope

The freestyle skier Izzy Atkin has withdrawn from the Big Air competition at Beijing 2022. She won a bronze medal at the Pyeongchang 2018 Games.

2022 Winter Olympics Continues…

Two weeks of snowsport sporting action is underway and we are updating in this rolling blog. We look at the Team GB skiers & snowboarders who are competing, and assess their prospects. UPDATED

The Rocket Races Again

Dave Ryding competed in the Schladming night slalom on Monday night but came down the field in 20th place. However another Brit, Billy Major, made the second run for the first time, won some World Cup points and even beat Dave Ryding. It was the last slalom race before the Olympics.

China Claims Success in Goal of 300 Million Involved in Winter Sports

It was the ambitious target the country sought to achieve before the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.  It claims it’s done it. Some are sceptical about Chinese claims.

World Championships Gold for GB Para Skier Millie Knight

The visually impaired ski racer and her guide Brett Wild were the top performers on Monday at the World Para Snow Sports Championships in Lillehammer. There were also two silver medals, increasing Britain’s medal tally to six. NEW

GB’s Charlotte Bankes Takes Another Gold

The snowboard cross star is gathering momentum with the Beijing Winter Olympics around the corner. It’s her second win of the weekend and third of the season as she tops the World Cup standings.

Beijing 2022 Needs to be Above Political Disputes

The International Olympic Committee President, Thomas Bach, said the Games must be ‘beyond all political disputes’. He made the remarks in a New Year message.

Strong Results for GB Snowsport Athletes

It’s been another successful week for the Brits on the competitive circuit.  The best ever Nordic result for British athletes was recorded in Germany and there were more medals for the para snowsport squad. But there’s bad news for a Winter Olympics medal hope. UPDATED

UK Joins Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

It follows the USA and others in not sending an official government delegation due to China’s alleged record on human rights. All GB athletes will be taking part.

US Announces Diplomatic Boycott of 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

American athletes will be competing but no official delegation will be sent to the Winter Games because of concerns about China’s human rights record. The UK is considering its position.

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Twitter

New Viewing Platform for #MontFort in #Verbier

#Viewingplatforms & #walkways are all the rage in the #Alps

They offer another activity out on the slopes + are perfect for the #Instagram generation.

https://planetski.eu/2022/10/02/viewing-platform-for-mont-fort-in-verbier-this-winter/

Update:

More #snow falls (70cm in places) as more glacier ski areas open.

Here is a summary of the current situation in the Alps from On the Snow - though it does appear that #Pitztal has moved from Austria to Italy ;-)

https://planetski.eu/2022/09/29/more-glacier-areas-open-for-skiing-snowboarding-this-weekend/

Dreaming of the Dolomites with @DolomitSuperski ❄️🎿 Enjoy over 29,000 acres and 450 lifts, plus unique Italian eateries and aprés with the fabulously friendly locals 🥂

PlanetSKI Has 100 Half Price Tickets to The #Nationalnow Show

We have managed to get our hands on 50% off tickets for the National Snow Show which is now just 2 weeks away – from 15th to 16th October at the #NEC Birmingham.

First come, first served…

https://planetski.eu/2022/10/01/planetski-has-some-half-price-tickets-to-the-national-snow-show/

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