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Win a stylin’ jacket from Quiksilver!

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Quiksilver

Quiksilver have come to the party this week and provided us with a jacket for the first week of The Snow Gauge winter giveaways.

“But I already bought an Aldi jacket” I hear you say.

You and 22,228 others as it turns out.

To stand out this Southern Hemisphere winter you’ll just need to sign up for The Snow Gauge newsletter to get a shot at winning this sweet Horizon jacket from Quiksilver.

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Cox and James share Aussie snow award

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Britt Cox and Scotty James

Scotty James and Britt Cox – shared winners at Australian Skiing and Snowboarding’s night of nights. Pic: OWIA

In the end Australia’s two best winter athletes just couldn’t be separated.

So it seemed only fitting that moguls skier Britt Cox and halfpipe snowboarder Scotty James shared the Australian Snowsports Athlete of the Year Award.

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Dale Begg-Smith’s Australia Day honours – really?

Posted by on 1:14 pm in Australia, Competition | 0 comments

Dale Begg-Smith

Dale Begg-Smith

When the Australia Day gongs were handed down I was little bit surprised to find that moguls skier Dale Begg-Smith was amongst the recipients this year, receiving a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to sport.

A gold medal moguls winner for Australia in 2006 at the Turin Winter Olympics he backed it up with silver four years later in Vancouver.

Those achievements are unquestioned and from all reports he has given back a fair bit of his time to fellow skiers, his mentorship no doubt helping to pave the way for the likes of Matt Graham and Britt Cox to achieve the success they have.

But – and here comes the but …

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Big hair, big ambitions: meet Tonga’s would be Olympic skier

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Kasete Skeen

Kasete Skeen – wants to race at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

He smoked. He drank. He was 25kg overweight. He’s half-English. Skiing for Tonga at the 2018 Winter Olympics doesn’t seem like the logical next step for Kasete Skeen but the 34 year-old is going to give it a crack. 

If Kasete Naufahu Skeen realises his aim of becoming an Olympian don’t expect him to oil up and get around in a traditional Tongan waist garment like Rio 2016 compatriot and Internet sensation Pita Taufatofua.

It’s not that Skeen wouldn’t proudly represent the island nation of 105,000 people – more likely he’d just freeze his nipples off. This is, after all, South Korea in winter, where temperatures drop to -10 degrees Celsius.

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The problem with Lindsey Vonn’s butt

Posted by on 1:02 pm in Competition, South America, United States | 3 comments

Lindsey Vonn

Nothing to see here folks – it’s all about the skiing, promise!

I could be the only heterosexual male in the free world to make this observation but I have an issue with Ms Vonn’s seemingly rock-hard, well-toned posterior. And I reckon any hardworking female athlete – in any sport – should too.

In case you missed it on Instagram yesterday, the greatest women’s skier of all time posted a short video of her doing single-leg step downs in Portillo, Chile.

So what?

Well, it was in the pool. Her costume was on the brief side. And as you may gather by the clip (linked later on so you can make your own call), the slow and deliberate movements as her barely-clad derriere rises from the water has some not-so-subtle sexual undertones that’d make Benny Hill proud.

So what?

Well, why does the winner of 76 World Cups and four overall titles – perhaps the most recognisable female athlete in the world next to Serena Williams and Simone Biles right now – feel the need to promote herself this way? And what message does this send to any other athlete of her gender?

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This Jarryd’s got some game too

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Jarryd Hughes

With Lindsay Jacobellis – a lazy ten-times X Games gold medal winner for the US. Pic: Jarryd Hughes Facebook

There’s another Jarryd who’s made it in America. He didn’t try out for the Fijian rugby sevens team though and he’s a much better chance than the Hayne Plane of winning an Olympic medal.

Forget footy for just for a moment and start thinking snowboarding.

Jarryd Hughes may not be a multi-code football star but he is an X Games winner in snowboard cross, a World Cup winner and Australian Winter Olympian.

In what was looming as an epic season after the win in Aspen, Jarryd (that’s Hughes not Hayne folks) busted his knee when testing out the site for the Korean Olympic course. The Snow Gauge caught up with him to see where things were at.

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Win two pairs of goggles from Level Nine Sports!

Posted by on 8:59 pm in Competition | 11 comments

Spy goggles

What’s better than giving away a pair of goggles this week from The Snow Gauge?

How about two pairs for two separate winners!

The team at Level Nine Sports have given us two pairs of great Spy Doom Goggles with bonus interchangeable lenses this week.

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Jenny Owens: comeback and potential world first

Posted by on 2:07 pm in Australia, Competition | 1 comment

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 6:07 pm in Australia, Competition | 0 comments

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 1:37 pm in Australia, Competition | 0 comments

 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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