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Jenny Owens: comeback and potential world first

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016

Jenny Lyons

Jenny Owens is eyeing off a fourth Winter Olympics – this time in alpine skiing.

Jenny Owens has been one of Australia’s most successful skiers. A speed racer and ski cross exponent she is targeting her first love – alpine skiing – for a fourth Winter Olympics. If successful it may just be a world first – going from one Winter sport to another then back again at the highest level. She discusses her decision and plans in an exclusive interview with The Snow Gauge.

In a country where it can be brutally hard to get by as a pro on two planks Jenny’s done so for nearly two decades, first as a successful alpine skier then as a medal-winning ski cross racer.

A three-time Winter Olympian, she is one of only two Australians to register a top-ten alpine result at a Games (ninth in the combined 2002 Salt Lake City). She then went on to win multiple World Cup and X Games medals in ski cross. Jenny competed at two further Olympics (2010 and 2014).

After much deliberation Jenny, 38, is targeting a spot at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang – in downhill, super combined and potentially super G.

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It’s a lock: Lydia goes for fifth Games

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016

Lydia Lassila

Powering on – Lydia Lassila confirms a fifth Winter Olympics tilt. Pic: Lydia Lassila Facebook

Inspired by the recent approval of a new water ramp facility to be built at the NSW North Coast town of Lennox Head, Lydia Lassila has announced plans to target a fifth Winter Olympics.

A gold medallist from Vancouver 2010, she has agonised over the decision since also taking out bronze at the Sochi Games in 2014.

And while she accepts that realistically she may not even get to use the new Australian facility before the Games she was determined to go out on her own terms.

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Why you should be lifting weights

Posted by on May 18, 2016

 Jenny Owens

Weights aren’t just for pro athletes, vain posers and muscle heads. If you want to ski and snowboard better you should add some lifting into your exercise routine.

Three-time Australian Winter Olympian (alpine/ski cross) and X-Games medallist Jenny Lyons  (nee Owens) takes us through the key weights exercises you should be doing to get Winter Fit.

Key points:

  • Doing proper chin-ups
  • Why leg-curl machines should largely be avoided
  • Bench pressing – not so much for the ladies
  • Calf work: ignore at your peril!

As a recreational skier or snowboarder it can be pretty easy to ignore the weights-room. A little stretching, some time on the stationary bike; the odd class – she’ll be right mate!

But this recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald revealed a lot. A study of nearly 200,000 Australians showed 90 per cent of them don’t do enough weight training – that is two times a week. And this is despite 60 per cent of Aussies saying they are in to some form of exercise.

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World Cup runner-up wins top ski award

Posted by on Apr 29, 2016

Matt Graham at Deer Valley

Matt Graham getting things done in Deer Valley. Pic: OWIA/Andrew Pattison

After a breakthrough season in which he took out his first World Cup event and finished second overall in the World Cup, Matt Graham has won the 2016 Ski and Snowboard Australia Athlete of the Year award.

Graham, who came seventh at the Sochi Winter Olympics, will be one of the names to watch at Pyeongchang in February 2018.

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Exclusive: Australia to bid for 2026 Winter Olympics

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016

Thredbo Olympic map

An artist’s impression of the proposed Olympic downhill course (black line) with the orange line representing the new chair.

Australia is preparing a feasibility study to host the 2026 Winter Olympics in the NSW Snowy Mountains town of Jindabyne with the unprecedented prospect of Thredbo and Perisher working together for the event.

Sources close to the Australian Olympic Committee told The Snow Gauge exclusively that it was confident a winnable bid could be mounted in the next six months.

It comes off the back of just two bidders vying for the 2022 event and no serious candidates putting their hand up for 2026.

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