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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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Aussie winter sports’ $10m game changer

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016

Lydia Lassila

A water ramp facility in Lennox Head may see the return of four-time Winter Olympian Lydia Lassila

Key points:

  • A final decision will be handed down on the proposed Lennox Head water ramp facility at the NSW state budget on June 21
  • The facility would be a first in Australia and allow athletes to spend a significant portion of their year training domestically
  • The new pool would and certain facilities would be available for public use
  • It has potential to pave the way for the return of an on-snow aerials site at Mt Buller and a World Cup round.

It’s been almost a decade at the discussion table in one form or another but there’s cause for optimism that a new water jump facility for Australian winter athletes will be approved to be built at Lennox Head, this month.

The $10 million facility on the NSW north coast is thought to be earmarked for approval when the state budget is handed down on June 21.

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The future of Perisher

Posted by on May 25, 2016

Perisher

Perisher – big changes are in the offing. Pic: Perisher Facebook

On a whistlestop tour of Australia, The Snow Gauge caught up with Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz (with a little help from local chief Peter Brulisauer) to talk all things Perisher:

Key points:

  • Expect some significant announcements ahead of next season
  • Snowmaking and new chairs the priorities; refurbed village after that
  • Approval still being sought for Superpipe build – won’t happen this season
  • Not shying away from the season pass philosophy over day visitors
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Is this Australia’s next Winter Olympics gold medallist?

Posted by on Mar 9, 2016

Matt Graham

Breakthrough win … Matt Graham took out the Deer Valley World Cup moguls event last month. Pic: OWIA/Andrew Pattison

  • Matt Graham won his first World Cup moguls event at Deer Valley this season
  • He has 5 World Cup podium finishes
  • As a 19 year-old he was 7th in Sochi
  • Graham is still good mates with Dale Begg-Smith, chatting often a few times a week with the Olympic gold and silver medallist about his technique.

As far as preparation for the 2015/16 winter went, Matt Graham’s couldn’t get much worse.

In a sport known for mangling meniscuses Graham instead decided it’d be more fun to injure himself falling off a fence a little over a metre high while collecting a volleyball in Park City, Utah back in June.

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What are our Aussie winter athletes up to?

Posted by on Dec 4, 2015

 

With a number of World Cup events on this weekend and just over two years out from the 2018 Games, The Snow Gauge caught up with Olympic Winter Institute boss Geoff Lipshut to discuss where the Australian athletes were at and what to expect this season. He also let us in on a very interesting update on the Perisher Superpipe …

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