Dinner for TSRC in Falls Creek

Email from JP—-
Hi TSRC Falls Creek troopers,
TEAM DINNER TOMORROW NIGHT IN FALLS CREEK (PARENTS AND KIDS)
To celebrate the end of TSRC’s 2017 season, to thank Richard, BJ and our amazing coaches here with us, and to spit in the eye of the race gods who keep flinging this horrendous weather at our SSA races, we are having a team dinner tomorrow (Monday) night.
VENUE: Elk Restaurant, Slalom St, Falls Creek (yes that is an actual address – right in the middle of town).  http://elkatfalls.com.au/around-elk/falls-creek-restaurant.html
A famous Falls Creek treat, the Elk Restaurant provides the warmest mountain experience and great cuisine
TIME: tbc but probably 6:30 or 6:45 start.
PARENTS AND KIDS
I’ve organised a set-price menu for $30 per main course. There will also be kids menu options plus dessert (but if your kids eat dinner anything like mine do, I’m assuming they’ll be eating adults meals…). There are also gluten-free options. The restaurant ranks #1 in Falls Creek on Tripadvisor so fingers crossed its good. We will add small extra to cover Richard, BJ and coaches.
PLEASE RSVP TO ME (JP) ON 0410442020 WITH NUMBER OF ADULTS AND KIDS.
WE WILL BE C.60 PEOPLE, RIGHT AT THE LIMIT OF THE RESTAURANT, SO IMPERATIVE THAT YOU LET ME KNOW YOU ARE COMING.
I hope you all survived today, and good luck to everyone tomorrow.
JP
Justin Punch

0410 442 020
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ANC Race wrap up

2017 ANC Thredbo (21st – 24th August)

 

The weather and snow conditions were “A” class for the first leg of the Australia New Zealand Continental Cup, an international FIS Alpine event, “sibling” to the Europa Cup. Australia’s Alpine Racing community gathered in Thredbo last week to compete and watch four action-packed days of exhilarating Giant Slalom and Slalom race action on the World Cup course.

 

Over 120 competitors (accompanied by coaches) from eighteen countries pitted themselves against each other and the mountain, in a quest to improve their international FIS points ranking, gain a World Cup starting position, and secure a place in their respective nation’s 2018 Winter Olympic Games team, to compete in Pyeongchang, South Korea in February.

 

“This is the most impressive field of alpine racers that any Australian ski resort has seen since Thredbo hosted the World Cup in 1989” said BJ Kaufmehl, race director for Thredbo Ski Racing Club (TSRC), which managed and hosted this event.

 

To be exposed to such a comprehensive group of World Cup and Olympic race veterans is inspirational for Australian racers. TSRC has a team of 80 young adults and children in their training programme, many of whom were out on the course watching, learning and assisting with the smooth running of the event. During the races, a team of ‘slippers’ slipped the courses, evening out the ruts caused by the racers’ aggressive turns. Ski Snowboard Australia officials were also lending a hand and shovel maintaining the course.

 

 

Junior Australian racers Madison Hoffman in GS and Slalom disciplines, along with Lily Tomkinson and Kathryn Parker in the Slalom, achieved significant PBs, all sharing Junior age group (U21) podiums.

 

The Swedish women were undefeatable in all Ladies events scooping the podium positions, while German, Austrian and New Zealand men shared the Male trophies.

 

TSRC awards the historic Thredbo Cup from this series. This trophy is presented annually to the athlete who claims the best overall points in both first days’ races (one GS and Slalom). Skiing legends including Ingemar Stenmark, Jean Claude Killy and Simon Wi Rutene are all previous victors of this trophy. Fittingly, Simon was the TD (technical delegate from FIS) overseeing the races in Thredbo, and presented the trophy to the current winners, Sara Hector from Sweden, and Adam Zampa of Slovakia.

 

TSRC President, Dr Felicity Bidencope acknowledged the tireless effort from the whole event team and the resort management at Thredbo. The organisational and volunteer work from over a hundred club members, former TSRC athletes, families, and coaches that occurs behind the scenes to coordinate such an event is substantial but essential for our Ski Racing sport to continue. Club training and national level races are the backbone of an alpine athlete’s career development if they wish to progress to our national team and international competition. Thredbo Ski Race Club wishes to thank all those involved, with a special cheer from the racers and volunteers for the catering team.

 

The full results can be viewed at: https://data.fis-ski.com/dynamic/results.

For further information on the Thredbo Ski Race Club, please contact Dr Felicity Bidencope (TSRC President) on 0419 231 490 or visit the website www.thredboskiracing.com

 

Results for Monday 21st August – GIANT SLALOM

 

Junior Ladies’ Giant Slalom

1st Julia Mutschlechner (GER)

2nd Alice Robinson (NZL)

3rd Jessica Anderson (GBR)

 

Junior Men’s Giant Slalom

1st Thomas Dorner (AUT)

2nd Sam Maes (BEL)

3rd Zak Vintner (GBR)

 

Open Ladies’ Giant Slalom

1st Sara Hector (SWE)

2nd Bettina Schneeberger (SUI)

3rd Piera Hudson (NZL)

 

Open Men’s Giant Slalom

1st Adam Barwood (NZL)

2nd Willis Feasey (NZL)

3rd Daniel Meier (AUT)

 

Results for Tuesday 22nd August – GIANT SLALOM

 

Junior Ladies’ Giant Slalom

1st Julia Mutschlechner (GER)

2nd Alice Robinson (NZL)

3rd Madison Hoffman (AUS)

 

Junior Men’s Giant Slalom

1st Sam Maes (BEL)

2nd Thomas Dorner (AUT)

Tom Verbeke (BEL)

 

Open Ladies’ Giant Slalom

1st Sara Hector (SWE)

2nd Estelle Alphand (SWE)

3rd Piera Hudson (NZL)

 

Open Men’s Giant Slalom

1st Daniel Meier (AUT)

2nd Andreas Zampa (SVK)

3rd Krystof Kryzl (CZE)

 

Results for Wednesday 23rd August – SLALOM

 

Junior Ladies’ Slalom

1st Julia Mutschlechner (GER)

2nd Lily Tomkinson (AUS)

3rd Kathryn Parker (AUS

 

Junior Men’s Slalom

1st Zak Vintner (GBR)

2nd Sam Maes (BEL)

3rd Florian Spiecker (AUT)

 

Open Ladies’ Slalom

1st Estelle Alphand (SWE)

2nd Maria Pietilae-Holmner (SWE)

3rd Sara Hector (SWE)

 

Open Men’s Slalom

1st Linus Strasser (GER)

2nd Robby Kelley (USA)

3rd Krystof Kryzl (CZE)

 

Results for Thursday 24th August

 

Junior Ladies’ Slalom

1st Julia Mutschlechner (GER)

2nd Madison Hoffman (AUS)

3rd Jessica Anderson (GBE)

 

Junior Men’s Slalom

1st Thomas Dorner (AUT)

2nd Sam Maes (BEL)

3rd Florian Spiecker (AUT)

 

Open Ladies’ Slalom

1st Sara Hector (SWE)

2nd Magdalena Fjaellstroem (SWE)

3rd Maria Pietilae-Holmner (SWE)

 

Open Men’s Slalom

1st Linus Strasser (GER)

2nd Stefan Luitz (GER)

3rd Robby Kelley (USA)

 

 

Thredbo Cup 2017- Ladies

1st Sara Hector (SWE)

2nd Julia Mutschlechner (GER)

 

Thredbo Cup 2017 Men

1st Adam Zampa (SVK)

2nd Stefan Luitz (GER)

 

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ANC race series Wrap Up- Thankyou

What a race series Thredbo and TSRC has just hosted! I have received  many compliments to pass on.

 

I would like to thank each and every one of you for your contribution in making this 2017 ANC series an extraordinarly successful event.
We received overwhelming assistance from all KT departments,  Mountain office- grooming and lifting, Ticketing, Ski Patrol, Maintenance, Ski School, Race department and Media department, integral to hosting such an event. As a result, I know that the Thredbo and TSRC  team has attracted many positive comments from the wider ski racing community.
Thank you for sharing your time, commitment, energy, homes, garages and friendliness with all our visitors. Our greater community assisted with providing the mountain preparation and infrastructure, accommodation, tuning facilities ( JP was so impressed with the Dutch ski technician’s tuning ability he even tried to lock him in his garage to keep him in Thredbo!), course work, catering, gatekeeping, and the million and one roles – all vital contributions to the series’ success.
Our own athletes are to be proud of their performances, some made some wonderful PB results, others perhaps not quite as they had hoped, but for every one of them a learning experience and fun. Well done.
TSRC younger athletes were extremely excited to meet and train with not just one, but several World Cup racers and to watch them race. What an experience! Our kids now have lots more ” friends” in high places. For them to “participate” in an event with such an exciting field was absolutely inspirational , as this is the “pointy end” of the sport and hopefully provided aspiration for their dreams. This opportunity does not arise very often. Our athletes did a wonderful job slipping the courses, in and out of their own training runs, allowing them a taste of the ” bigger picture” of ski racing – perhaps in the same way a ball boy feels at Wimbledon watching Nadal or Federer, rather than being relegated away from the action to crunch a few more volleys or gates.
Our Club Captain Richard Davis, Race Director BJ, Kim Clifford, Geoff Greentree, Bob Morris ( timing), Fiona Cobcroft, Joe Draxl and the coaching team all warrant special commendation coordinating their respective teams, surviving the week on very little sleep but yet maintaining exceptional good humour and focus.
On behalf of TSRC, to all our club families,(alumni and current), friends and Thredbo colleagues, again a very large thank you.
I wish our younger athletes all the best for the remaining SSA and Interschools events in Victoria.
Dr Felicity Bidencope
TSRC President
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GS ANC races completed

Bluebird day in Thredbo today, a real cracker.

Thankyou to the huge team of volunteers and coaches who were on deck today, Richard, Bj, Fiona, JP who headed up teams of workers.Our guest announcer Jono Brauer gave an very entertaining and informative commentary and timer Bob assisted by Paula Gaul in the timing hut. Our TDs from FIS- Peter Gerdol and Simon Wi Rutene and SSA referees kept the show on the road.

The GS courses today threw up some major surprises for all athletes particularly the second course set by  the German national Coach Hannes Wallner. Some very tight  turny  final 3 gates really sorted “the wood from the trees”.

Our overall winners in the ladies’ GS came from Sweden and Germany and in the Juniors Germany’s Julia Metschlechner, NZ’s Alice Robinson and TSRC’s Madi Hoffman claiming 3rd place in the juniors ( U 21).

The men yesterday were dominated by the NZ racers Barwood and Feasey with Meier from Austria in 3rd but today the tables were turned with Austrian Daniel Meier from Austria claiming the gold medal, Andreas Zampa from Slovakia closely behind in 2nd place, Kristof Kryzl from Czech Republic 2nd and Kristof Kryzl from Czech Republic in 3rd.

TSRC athletes skied very well, and should be proud of their performances in such a strong field.

Our younger training athletes really enjoyed training Slalom with some World Cup racers today, who also enjoyed the interaction.

 

Tomorrow on to the Slalom races which I think are even more exciting to watch than the GS.

Course workers meet outside the clubhouse early ready to get onto skidoos at 6.15, and gatekeepers 8am in clubhouse to meet with Jamie Neill Chief of Gates.

 

PS My finish board sheet hasn’t yet been found- This is the scavenger hunt of all time guys. It blew away, the wind coming across from Little Beauty towards Supertrail  so I think it must be in one of those tree islands towards the bottom.

The recovery fee has now gone up to $55!!!!!!!!!

See lots of you tomorrow

Felicity

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Reward!

$50 reward for finding and returning the finish sheet from the board from the bottom of the World Cup Race Course. The wind blew it away into one of the tree islands at the bottom of the course. Bring it back to the Club President and claim your reward.

Also no TSRC athletes to be free skiing without a coach whilst in uniform. We get too many complaints when this happens.

 

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ANC races in Thredbo this week – World Cup class field expected

Thredbo and Thredbo Ski Racing Club are hosting the first leg of the Australia New Zealand Continental Cup Series here next week 21-14 August. There will be 4 days of racing, 2 Giant Slalom race days and 2 Slalom race days. The athletes then ” fly across the ditch” to New Zealand for the second leg of the series the following week.
If anyone would like to see how to really edge their skis and carve a turn they should come across to the World Cup course every morning from 8.30 am Monday onwards.
 We have 120 male athletes from 18 nations, 40 female athletes from 8 nations contesting the series here in Thredbo. Athletes are here trying to lower their points, achieve results, improve their start positions for World Cup events, and put themselves into the running for their respective nation’s Winter Olympic teams which will be announced in January 2018.
There will be an amazing display of talent and experience to be witnessed here next week..
 The Austrian team has 63 World Cup starts beneath their skis, with 2 of their racers Marcel Mathis and Stefan Brennsteiner having 2 World Cup podiums each. Canadians Phil Brown and Trevor Philp 125 WC starts,4 Olympic starts, Czech racer Krystof Kryzl 11 Olympic starts and 175 World Cup starts, Germans Stefan Luitz and Linus Strasser 111 WC starts, 2 Olympic starts, Poland 19 WC starts, Liechenstein 2 olympic and 3 WC starts, Japan 6 WC starts,Netherlands 2, New Zealand 21 WC starts and 2 Olympic starts, the Zampa brothers from Slovakia 163 World Cup starts and 7 Olympic starts between them, USA athletes Michael Ankeny, Robby Kelley and Hig Roberts 70 WC starts, Switzerland 20.
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Not to be outdone we have the Swedish women’s team visiting, led by veteran Maria Pietilae-Holmner who at age of 30 has 6 Olympic starts, 207 World Cup starts and 2 World Cup podiums. Her team of 6 athletes has 350 World Cup starts between them. Defending ANC champions, Julia Mutschlechner (Ger) and Piera Hudson (NZ) will also be in fine form down the World Cup course.
National team members Liam Michael , Jack Adams, Madison Hoffman and Lily Tomkinson will be competing on their home Thredbo hill alongside other National Team athletes and athletes from all Australian Race Clubs. We are looking forward to quite an event, and relying on the weather cooperating.
There are 5 Continental Cup series internationally- Europa Cup, Far East Cup, North American Cup, South American Cup and ANC Cup. These events sit just underneath the pinnacle alpine event of the World Cup .
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TD needs pick up from Canberra Saturday

Morning everyone

It is such a lovely time to take a drive to Canberra. The TD for our FIS races arrives at Canberra airport at 2.20pm this Saturday and needs a lift to Thredbo. We cannot run the FIS races without him.

Is there anyone, FIS athlete included, who could collect Simon from Canberra airport on Saturday please.?????? This is another volunteer job on the list for the FIS week.

Our race entries are looking fabulous, 85 men, 40 women with many of these athletes having been continental cup winners. Korea, Japan, Slovakia, Poland, Great Britain, USA, Canada, Austria, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, Liechtenstien, Nederalnds and Netherlands are all sending athletes to Thredbo.

It is going to require everyone to be on their toes this week. The clubhouse will be extremely busy. We need it kept exceptionally tidy. There will be meetings there every afternoon so there will be no access to ski lockers in the main front room during those few hours- so plan ahead after training and take your skis home for the next day if you are going to interschools. We’ll let you about times i a couple of days.

Good luck to all out athletes. You’ve been training hard guys so we’re hoping for you all that success comes your way.

 

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Congratulations Georgia Baff ANC SBX winner

Big congratulations to Georgia who was a TSRC alpine racer, now snowboard cross athlete extraordinaire. Georgia claimed 2 gold medals this week in the ANC Snowboardcross at Mt Hotham. Georgia had a very strong Northern Season this year with 2nds, 3rd, 4th and 5th placings in Nor Am Cup competitions and has now claimed the top spot in a Continental Cup event. This will give Georgia a World Cup start in the Northern Winter.

I’d like to think that her TSRC experience has somehow contributed to her success but that may be a little far fetched. However I’m sure that we all extend our congratulations on her outstanding achievement and wish her well for the next chapter, very exciting!

Well done to Peter ( Dad and coach), Petrina and Josie Baff as well as this is a whole family at work here.

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