Monday, December 13, 2010

Turn that frown upside down. Hey, that's not an upside down frown

So there were some rough times in Val d'Isere this weekend. Other than Ted absolutely dominating the gs for the second weekend in a row (and second out of two races this year), nobody else scored points. There was some hope in sl with Ted and Will Brandenburg cruising to two first run top 15s but both straddled during the second run. One of these days you know something big is going to happen in for the U.S. in sl so we always have that to look forward to. The next world cup on the schedule is a speed series at Val Gardena and then Alta Badia gs next Sunday. Sl won't be until Zagreb in early January. For us techy guys, we have some european cups that will essentially host a full world cup field because there are really no other races going on in Europe right now. Back to back night sls will definitely be the highlight Friday and Saturday.

We had another 8-9 hour drive out of Val d'Isere to get to Paganella, Italy yesterday afternoon. Luckily, I rode with Ted and Dane Spencer and had a good audio book to listen to. Made the ride seem a lot shorter than it was, and being super tired helped a little bit. The book we listened to was SuperFreakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. All I can say about it is that I'm sure there is much controversy about many of the topics they discuss, especially the chapter on climate change. I'm not going to comment on the subject for lack of knowledge but from what I had read elsewhere and learned at school this spring, this book is definitely someone's opinion backed by the experiments of that same person. You tend to find things the way you want them to when you build your research and experiments around it...

I am in the process of sorting out details to start writing blogs for Outside Television, operated by the same company that publishes Outside Magazine, is what was formerly known as RSN Television(resort sports network). I will probably post the same blog that I submit to them but I encourage you to check out some of their other blogs and info on the site. Looks to be an "every other week" blog with Laurenne Ross (U.S. Women's Alpine) blogging on the off weeks. More details to come.

----Video teaser coming very soon----

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