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Head first down the skeleton

Its literally ‘head first’ at break neck speed. The athletes that take up this sport are either mad or excessively brave – or perhaps both.

Snow leopard poised for Olympic fame

A Ghanian man, known as the Snow Leopard, competes in the slalom this week. He started skiing just over five years ago at Milton Keynes SNO!zone in England. Shades of the Jamaican bob sleigh team and Eddie the Eagle here.

Miller wins Gold, Siver and Bronze

American Bode Miller takes Gold in the Super-Combined event. It’s turning out to be quite a Games for the former bad boy of skiing. A few months ago it was touch and go if he would even take part for the USA in the Vancouver Olympics.

More snow needed

More snow has been flown to Cypress Mountain as warm temperatures and no fresh snow take their toll. It is the venue for theOlympic freestyle skiing and snowboarding events.

Be careful what you write

Olympic athletes have been warned by the IOC to exercise caution on what they write on social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook. There are strict rules on what they can and can’t say. Why?

You managing to keep track of it all?

There seems to be so many events at The Winter Olympics, so many Brits competing and of course it all goes on at a strange time of day/night for us here in Europe. It’s hard to follow it all. Here’s what happened to the Brits at the weekend.

Britain gets a gold

Amy Williams takes first place in the skeleton and wins Britain’s first gold at a Winter Olympics for 30 years. It’s been a night of celebration in Vancouver and at home in the UK for her fans.

Ed Drake comes 32nd in Super G

It may not sound that good but its quite an achievemnt for Britian’s number one speed skier.

Austria gets skiing gold

The Austrians have had a poor Olympics and the country’s press have been highly ciritical. Now though they have a skiing gold from the Women’s Super-G. Chemmy Alcott disappoints.

Williams in gold position

The British skeleton competitor is in great form and leads the event by a 0.30 second margin. By the end of the day Britian may, just may, have a medal. Fingers crossed.

Kilner is disappointed too

First it was the snowboard medal hopfull Zoe Gillings who failed to get into the final now Ben Kilner is out of the running too. He is though young with a bright future ahead of him.

Chemmy comes 11th

It did equal her best ever in the Olympics as she came 11th in the Super Combined. The event was won by Maria Riesch after the favourite, Lyndsey Vonn, hit a gate and crashed.

Gillings disappoints

She had been described as a medal hope for the Snowboard Cross but in the end didn’t make it to the final. She came 8th which is still pretty good but she was hoping for better. Today two more British medal hopefuls are in action, Chemmy Alcott and Ben Kilner.

Lyndsey Vonn triumphs

The American ski superstar takes gold in a race with a high number of accidents. Chemmy Alcott puts in a very respectable performance and comes 13th. The talk though is of the course and the crashes.

British ski companies to the rescue

It’s emerged that a number came to the rescue of some of our Olympic athletes after Snowsport GB went into administration.

Whistler’s weather woes continue

The latest casualty of the weather was the men’s Super Combined. Heavy snow and rising temperatures led to a postponement. The weather continues to affect Cypress Mountain and complaints are coming in from spectators.

Swiss win downhill gold

It was Didier Defago, rather than the favourite Didier Cuche, who won gold for Switzerland. The country’s first Downhill gold for 22 years. Svindal took silver and Bode Miller bronze in a weather delayed race.

A Swiss night to remember

PlanetSKI reports from Switzerland where there was quite a party as they won the Downhill for the first time in over 2 decades.

An Olympic Volunteer’s blog

The Winter Olympics couldn’t run without them, the thousands of people who work for free to ensure it all runs smoothly. Some get the prime jobs like preparing the Downhill Course. One of them, Lyndsay Webb, is a PlanetSKI reader and reporter.

Let the Games begin, sort of

The weather is once again causing a few headaches. It foggy at Cypress Mountain while snow and rain have led to the men’s downhill and the women’s Super Combined being postponed. The Opening Cermoney went off well, dedicated to the Georgian luge athlete who died in training.

Olympic luge racer dies

It is a tragedy as the Games got under way at the weekend and has cast a shadow over the opening events. The 21-year old Georgian competitor, Nodar Kumaritashvili, died in practice. Tributes are being paid to him.

British athletes get funding guarantee

Following the collapse of Snowsport GB on the eve of the Winter Olympics the athletes have been formally told they can take part in The Games. Correct funding has been secured too.

Bring in the choppers

To some it has arrived like the US cavalry to save the day, for others it’s a hugely expensive last resort and an environmental disaster. Using a helicopter to ferry in snow at an Olympic venue will though allow competition to take place.

Olympic ticket scam

Hundreds of people who thought they had tickets for the Winter Olympics have been told they haven’t after a ticket supplier has fail to supply them.

Team GB prepares

Many of the athletes are now in Calgary in Canada putting in their final preparations before the Olympics begins in a week’s time. It’s quite an atmosphere.

Racers raise £116,000 for Haiti

The world’s top skiers raised the money for victims of the earthquake disaster in a charity auction.

Olympic venue desperate for snow

The venue for the snowboarding, freestyle skiing and ski/board cross suffers from a lack of real snow. So the authorities are going to extraordinary lengths at Cypress Mountain. There is perhaps some media exaggeration and Olympic hype going on too.

Miller to ski ’em all

Excellent news! Bode Miller has announced he will ski all 5 disciplines at the Olympics. We can’t wait.

Dream Olympics trip for allergy boy

A teeneger from Devon with a life threatening allergy to grass is off to Vancouver, all expenses paid. He couldn’t do sport on grass so he took up skiing instead.

Vonn looses and wins

Her unbeaten run in the Downhill this season ends as Maria Riesch wins in St Moritz. Vonn took first place in the Super-G though. Chemmy Alcott had a mixed weekend. It was the final racing ahead of the Olympics.

What a laugh!

With the Olympics round the corner we thought we’d look on You Tube for videos of our glorious winter sports athletes. We were drawn to the bobsleigh area…….

Gold for GB

It’s been one of his best seasons ever so far, but a World Cup Gold medal in Downhill is an impressive achievement for Britain’s No1 Disabled skier.

British racing in crisis

The Olympics take place next month and the sports governing body, Snowsport GB, could go bankrupt and be placed into administration. PlanetSKI has been talking to the skiers, their support staff and Snowsport GB about the problems.

Another skier misses Olympics

The Swiss racer Lara Gutt will not be going to Vancouver next month. She was a favourite for a medal.

Brits at The Olympics

With the Olympics almost upon us we take a look at the British team and who might, just might, bring back a medal. PlanetSKI takes a look first at the alpine skiers.

Women only

Women have their own events, equipment, holidays, tour operators, ski schools and even web sites. Who needs men?

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Another fatal avalanche in Verbier.

A 29-year old Irish ski instructor has died while skiing off piste.

Latest in a string of separate avalanche deaths across Switzerland after recent #snow.

Eight people have died in four days.

https://planetski.eu/2021/01/18/38-year-old-british-man-dies-as-fatal-avalanches-sweep-across-swiss-alps/

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38-year old British man dies in #avalanche in #Verbier

He is the latest in a string of separate avalanche deaths across Switzerland after recent #snow.

Seven people have died in four days.

Extreme caution is urged in many parts of the Alps.

https://t.co/pAY7HBJ13c

A 19-year old skiing with three friends become the 5th avalanche death in Switzerland in past 3 days.

None had safety equipment & the authorities are urging caution as risk of #avalanche in many places is “considerable”.

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#veytaux https://t.co/O0XIBGv9UH

Heavy #snow continues in the mountains…. and it’s not just in the Alps.

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https://planetski.eu/2021/01/15/huge-snowfall-continues-in-the-alps/

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