~Shaun White, Olympic snowboarding champion
Today Ski Cross (aka "Skier X," or "Skier Cross") makes its Olympic Debut in the Free Skiing category as a full-medal sport!
Be sure to tune into the Olympic coverage of SKIER X today from 12 noon - 1:30pm!!!
For those of you unfamiliar with the sport, Skier X combines the thrill of freestyle skiing with the competitive rush of downhill racing. Four to six skiers are pitted against each other on a technically challenging course of rollers, jumps, tables, and banked turns. It's an exciting, fast-paced test of skiers' skills over varied terrain with one goal: the first across the finish line wins.
As I'm writing this, I am sitting in LAX international airport awaiting my flight back to San Francisco. I was fortunate to spend a fun-filled weekend of business, site-previewing, wine tasting and dining with my dear friend Ken Fasola and his business associates and friends in Malibu and Santa Monica. (Thanks for a fabulous time!) And now I'm SO excited to watch the airing of ‘The Derby’ (as Olympian Martin Fiala of Germany calls it). My friends in Los Angeles and San Francisco are also ecstatic to cheer for all the athletes, in particular my friends who are racing:
Ophelie David (FRA) - SKIER X (http://tinyurl.com/yf4qg4n)
Martin Fiala (GER) - SKIER X (http://tinyurl.com/y8nhtrg)
Enak Gavaggio (FRA) - SKIER X (http://tinyurl.com/yd4whpt)
Karin Huttary (AUT) - SKIER X (http://tinyurl.com/yk6zp9a)
Magdalena Iljans (SWE) - SKIER X (http://tinyurl.com/yhcrn9x)
Tomas Kraus (CZE) - SKIER X (http://tinyurl.com/yfljdqq)
Xavier Kuhn (FRA) - SKIER X (http://tinyurl.com/yhjlxdz)
Jenny Owens (AUS) - SKIER X (http://tinyurl.com/yzxm745)
Casey Puckett (USA) - SKIER X (http://tinyurl.com/yarup2q)
GO YOU & go world!