Robert Vinet

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Tag: Skiing

Ben Saunders: What I learned from crossing Antarctica on skis, alone

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On November 8, 2017, a plane dropped Saunders — who was 40 at the time — at Berkner Island, just off the coast of the Weddell Sea (to see a map, click here). Like Ernest Shackleton (although Shackleton was ultimately unsuccessful), Saunders was aiming to reach a point on the southern coast where the Ross Ice Shelf meets the land. For the next seven weeks, his only connections to the outside world were a satellite phone (only for emergencies), a tracker to keep a remote team aware of his position on an hourly basis, and a smartphone he used to write emails and blog posts. He skied an average of 15.5 miles during 9- to 10-hour days while pulling a sledge that held all the food and equipment he’d need for the journey and weighed 300 pounds at the trip’s start.

Video: How to ski moguls

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When your favorite ski run turns into a mogul field, have no fear! With the right technique and some planning you’ll be able to cruise down bump runs. In this video, PSIA Alpine Team member Robin Barnes shows you how to stay in balance, where you can find an easier line through the bumps and where to find a faster line.

Video: How to ski steep terrain

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Skiing steep terrain can be thrilling once you’ve mastered the skills and techniques that will get you down the hill. In this video, PSIA Alpine Team member Robin Barnes covers the basics, including how to stay balanced, how to skid your turns to control your speed and how to pick the right line for you.

Winter Olympics Day 11 Highlights

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Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir skated their way to gold with an historic performance at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. They are the second pair to win two ice dance titles, joining Russia’s Pasha Grishuk and Evgeniy Platov, who earned back-to-back gold medals in 1994 and 1998. Virtue and Moir tied a figure skating ice dance world-record, total score of 206.07, with three Olympic golds, including last week’s Canada win in the team event.

Papadakis/Cizeron (FRA) are in second place with silver and Shiutani/Shibutani (USA) in third with bronze.

Canadian skier Cassie Sharpe, who suffered a broken thumb in her final pre-Olympic competition in late January, put down incredible runs in the halfpipe for top place with a score of 95.80. France’s Marie Martinod won silver.

Marianne St-Gelais, Kim Boutin, Valérie Maltais and Kasandra Bradette missed out on what appeared to be a guaranteed medal in the 3,000-metre relay final after being penalized.

Homan and the women’s curling team lost 7-5 to China and must win their final two games to qualify for the playoffs. Men’s curling team defeated Japan 8-4.

Korea bows out of men’s hockey with tears and cheers as Finland edges them to set up a meeting with Canada. The United States beat Slovakia.

Video: Winter Olympics Highlights Day 7

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Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu, after returning from injury, sets an Olympic record in the men’s short program with 111.68 points. Currently Hanyu also holds the world record which is 1.04 points ahead of his new Olympic record. Hanna Huskova with a score of 96.14, just ahead of China’s Zhang Xin’s 95.52 score, won Belarus its second straight Olympic gold medal in women’s aerials.

In Skeleton time is measured in hundredths of a second and South Korea’s Yun Sung-Bin, the self-styled “Iron Man” now called “Emperor”, won on his home track beating second-place Russian Nikita Tregubov by a large margin of 1.63 seconds.

Canada is 4th in the metal count after day 7.

Video: Winter Olympics Day 6 Highlights

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Canadian speed skater Ted-Jan Bloemen set a new Olympic record of 12 minutes, 39.77 seconds in the 10,000 metres and won his first Olympic gold, on day 6 at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Meanwhile, Canadian lugers Alex Gough, Sam Edney, Tristan Walker and Justin Snith finished in a combined time of 2 minutes 24.872 seconds sliding to silver in the team event.

Canada’s veteran figure skaters Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford saved the best for what they say is their last season, performing to Adele’s Hometown Glory. They scored 153.33 points in their pairs free performance and reached the Olympic podium with a bronze. What a way to exit the game!

Kevin Koe and Canadian men’s curling team beat the Norwegians 7-4 and the men’s hockey team, this time without players from the NHL, had a 5-1 victory over Switzerland.

Alpine skiing saw Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway win gold in men’s downhill. The so called Mozart of ski racing Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States won gold in giant slalom.

Robots had their own Olympics in South Korea

Just a few miles from the other Olympic games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, tech firms were eager to demonstrate their technology.

From The Guardian:

Robots of all shapes and sizes took turns skiing, with varying degrees of success, down a course near Pyeongchang in what is believed to be the first robot skiing competition in the world. All entrants were required to measure more than 50cm in height, stand on ‘two legs’, have joints resembling elbow and knees, an independent power system and use ski plates and poles. The event was designed to capitalise on attention on Pyeongchang during the Winter Olympics.

Video: How to ski powder

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If you want to love powder, but you haven’t quite gotten the hang of skiing the deep stuff, we’re here to help. In this video, PSIA Alpine Team member Robin Barnes shows you how to get the most out of your powder days by maintaining your balance, using your legs to steer and maintaining your speed.

Watch: Middle Of Somewhere

From The North Face

Austin Smith, Blake Paul, and Jake Blauvelt travel to a freestyle snowboard playground in British Columbia’s backcountry.

Watch: Pow Surf 101

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