At the 2014 Winter Olympics, every time I mentioned the name of Donna Weinbrecht to another mogul skier, I always got a similar response: “She is so nice and helped me so much.”
“When I was just on the team and at nationals I rode the lift prior to my start with Donna. For me was a dream come true to even know her, she was one of my childhood heroes. And she was so nice and relaxed me so much, it was awesome," longtime US mogul team member Heather McPhie said.
Weinbrecht is a five-time FIS World Cup champion and won the first Olympic gold medal in moguls in 1992 at the Albertville Winter Games. She learned her skills and technique by skiing the bumps on the famously steep Bear Mountain at Killington in Vermont.
The mogul skiers from back in the 80s are legendary and still influencing Olympic mogul skiing today. Skiers like Steve Desovich, a multiple FIS World Cup winner and the coach for Australian skier Dale Begg-Smith in Sochi are still leading the sport.
“One of the things I like about skiing Bear Mountain is you still see some of the best mogul skiers ripping it up. From old-school rippers to the new Killington Mountain School kids, this is still the training ground and for many the path to the Olympics,” Weinbrecht said.
Bear Mountain offers mogul skiers the perfect pitch with a sea of moguls. To watch a skier go top to bottom without stopping is an amazing feat.
With the famed Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge right around the corner, you will not want to miss the opportunity to ski with Weinbrecht on March 22 and 23 .This is like a fantasy camp for all mogul skiers from wannabes to bump-bashers. Plus you’ll be skiing with one of the pioneers of moguls skiing who is not only a Skiing Hall of Fame member, World Champion, and winner of 46 individual World Cup mogul events, but most importantly she is one of the nicest persons you’ll ever meet.
For skier Andrew Weibrecht, a bronze in the super G at the Vancouver Olympics and silver in Sochi are confirmation he belongs as one of the best ski racers in the world. His humble demeanor is a breath of fresh air in comparison to all the high drama surrounding other Olympic athletes.
Known as "War Horse" for his hard work and go for it attitude, Weibrecht is built like a tank and is a fearless skier.
"It's been hard getting beat down for three years and to still keep going," Weibrecht said. "There have been many times I was like, why keep going?"
He has overcome injuries and even losing his spot on the US ski team prior to the FIS World Cup season.
"I just wanted to return to be one of the best again," Weibrecht said. "Prior to my last injuries, I was skiing among the best of the best and that felt good. I knew it could happen again."
It did. Starting from the 29th position, he skied a flawless run on the Olympic Super G course at the Rosa Khutor Resort. The run felt so good he soaked it all in before checking the scoreboard at the finish.
He is a regular guy, too. You can find him in the summer coaching kids at Mount Hood or fishing or golfing and hanging around with his family at his home in Lake Placid, NY..
"He is an inspiration to the everyday man," said Robert Wright, who knows Weibrecht from ski camps and Holiday Valley in New York, "Andrew just works hard and loves to ski."
In what many would consider a lackluster career where he has not been in the top 10 once since 2012, he gives us all a reason to keep going.
"Life is a garden, just dig it," Weibrecht said.
That attitude produced a bumper crop – bronze and silver in the past two Olympic games.
Listen to my interview with Weibrecht in the audio player below:
Olympic snowboarder Danny Davis loves to ride his snowboard. At a press conference just prior the the Olympics, Davis mentioned he had just been riding powder.
"We rode some sweet pow today," he said. "I just love to ride."
Davis's career has been full of ups and downs. He was rookie of the year in 2006, but has had his share of injuries. He was in contention for the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, but he was injured in an ATV accident while intoxicated and shattered his lumbar vertebrae and his pelvis.
This year has seen him return to the top form once again. Here at the Olympics, he fell in the finals of the halfpipe competition. Davis has been vocal about teammate Shaun White's fourth place showing in the same competition.
"They gave White a gift, after he too fell during his run," Davis said.
I caught up with Davis on the gondola on a ride down to town from the Rosa Khutor Resort. Here is what he had to say about the shape of the Olympic halfpipe, his comments about White and his plans after the Olympics.
Dan Egan watched the women's halfpipe competition at the Olympics alongside the parents of gold medalist Kaitlyn Farrington. Watch his video report above.
Wise has been on top for a long time and he knows here at the Olympics he represents all of the pioneers of the sport who aren't in Sochi, such as Simon Dumont and others.
He began competing in halfpipe at a young age, winning his first US national title at age 15 and then turning professional at 18. Wise kicked off a dominant winning streak in 2012, winning the Winter X Games, The Dew Tour finals, and The Grand Prix finals consecutively and has not looked back since.
"I definitely have set myself up for Sochi by winning the X Games again this year. I'm just so excited to be here at the Olympics for the Opening Ceremonies and all that goes on here at the Games, especially now that halfpipe skiing is part of this whole scene."
Wise has perspective, experience and talent and he knows what it will take to win in Sochi. The men's and women's halfpipe will be the event to watch on Tuesday, Feb. 18.
The US women’s hockey team is one of the best in the world, and it has two women at the helm who know how to win.
Reagan Carey and Katey Stone have both been on the international stage of women’s professional and amateur sport.
“I’ve been the GM of the US Hockey women’s program for the last four years and I love it,” said Carey, just days before the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Carey is a 2001 graduate of Colby College, where she played four years of collegiate hockey and volleyball. She was the recipient of the 2010 Colby College Carl E. Nelson Sports Achievement Award, a. And prior to joining USA Hockey, Carey was the director of fan development and youth marketing for the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers and NBA’s Atlanta Hawks.
“She was one of the captains of the Colby College women's ice hockey team when I was on the team as a freshman. She led by example on and off the ice ... pushing the team to train harder … Reagan has a rare ability to encourage/push her teammates beyond what they think they are able to do,” said Christina Dotchin, the admissions director at Proctor Academy in Andover, NH, and aformer teammate of Carey’s.
The US women have been training in Boston, and their coach, Katey Stone, is also the hockey coach at Harvard University. Her accomplishments are amazing. Stone is the all-time wins leader in women’s college hockey. She completed her 19th season behind the Harvard bench in 2012-13 and has led the Crimson to a 402-171-35 (.690) record, which included the 1999 American Women’s Collegiate Hockey Alliance national championship and three straight appearances in the NCAA championship games.
Thanks to these two women and their passion for the game, many young players have been coming to watch them train and scrimmage.
“Its been a great way for us to showcase our program to younger players and that is what it is all about for us,” Carey said.
Youth hockey for both boys and girls is on the rise, just last season. USA Hockey boasted 510,279 members, the second most all-time and just under 1,000 fewer than the record 511,178 set in 2011-12.
As for the US women’s outlook for the Olympic tournament, Carey was cautious and confident.
“We don’t overlook any team. It's the Olympics, everyone is here to win. We have been training hard and we come in here with a lot of confidence," Carey said.
Listen to my full Radio BDC interview with Carey below:
SOCHI, Russia – Skiing moguls is a state of mind that requires an inner calm, a spirit of a warrior and the spontaneity of a cat. Scott Rawles was one great mogul skier. He won the World Pro Mogul multiple times and has been the head moguls coach for Team USA since 2006.
In that time, he has put the US mogul skiers back on top of the world stage.
Rawles has been a mogul master for close to 30 years. He dominated the World Pro Mogul Tour in the 80s, along with his two brothers, Kirk and Mike. The Rawles Brothers set the standard of would would become the foundation for what would become Olympic mogul skiing.
Just as ESPN and the X Games launched today’s Olympic sports such as halfpipe and slopestyle, it was the Rawles brothers' passion and dedication that kept pro mogul skiing alive on television with sponsors and eventually provided the popularity that eventually led to it becoming an Olympic Sport and produced Olympic mogul pioneers such as Donna Weinbrecht and Johnny Moseley
Scott Rawles' dedication to his craft starts with his love for skiing. From the humble beginnings as a ski bum in Breckenridge, Colo., in 1979 to seven-time winner of the World Pro Mogul Tour and coaching a record three medalists at the 2010 Olympics, he has very little to prove in Sochi.
"He'll go camp in his van for a weekend at the base of a ski area just to go skiing. I think that's the definition of a ski bum," said Olympic bronze medalist Bryon Wilson.
Rawles won’t be seeking the spotlight here in Sochi. He’ll let his skiers do that.
Rather, he is looking forward to grabbing some powder turns after the games are over and enjoying the sport that provided him with a road to gold medal memories.
Gold medalist Hannah Teter is heading to the 2014 Olympics for her third games. She won gold in 2006, silver in 2010 and now has her sights set on Sochi.
Hailing from Vermont, she grew up riding at Okemo Mountain and attended the Okemo Mountain School in Ludlow, Vt. She burst onto the scene at 15 at her debut in the Olympic halfpipe at the 2006 Torino Games. Since then, she has been a creative source of snowboarding and charity.
"My goal from the beginning was, if I ever hit it it big I would give back," Teter said during the USOC Olympic Summit in Park City, Utah. "And that continues to be my goal moving forward."
She is a golden girl with a worldwide impact and finding the podium in Sochi won't be easy, but don't count her out.
Listen to her entire Edging the Xtreme interview with Dan Egan on RadioBDC:
Last winter I received an email from an old friend, Joe Wilhem Jr., who said he was going to ski around the world for 6 months.
We caught up with Joe this week on Edging the Xreme on RadioBDC to hear about his amazing journey.
(From Joe’s recent email to me about his trip)
The tour has been a combination of skiing and sightseeing for the previous four and a half months, and this stop was about visiting the roots of skiing in an area some call “The Cradle of Alpine Skiing.” The region includes St. Anton, St. Christoph, Stuben, Lech and Zurs. Stuben is the birthplace of Hannes Schneider. Born in 1890, he would become the first ski instructor in St. Anton in 1907. Schneider moved to the U.S. in 1938 and a year later founded a ski school in North Conway, N.H., which helped popularize the sport throughout the U.S.
St. Anton benefits from a monster of a lift in the Galzig cable car that features cars bigger than a gondola but smaller than a tram, and able to move 2,200 people per hour up and down the mountain with its Ferris wheel motion. Terrain options from the top of the Galzig include beginner and intermediate terrain to the right of the lift or continue the journey up the mountain on the Valluga tram. The Valluga is the highest point accessible by lift in the area at 2,811 meters. The smaller Valluga II completes the journey to the peak.
The top of the Valluga tram provides a quad-burning run of nine kilometers back to the village of St. Anton, descending 1,351 vertical meters.
Another quad and lung burner is the run from Valluga to Stuben, and the reward at the end is a heated Valfagehr six-person chairlift. The comfort may be tough to leave on a cold day, but the lift provides guests with access to both the St. Christoph and Stuben terrain. On both of these long runs there are opportunities for piste and off-piste skiing.
The decision to visit St. Anton was also made because of the value provided by the Epic Pass I purchased from Vail Resorts. It is sold in all 50 U.S. states and 80 countries around the world. It features unlimited, unrestricted skiing and riding at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Eldora in Colorado; Canyons in Park City, Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan. Pass holders also have five free days at the resorts of Verbier, Switzerland, five consecutive free days at Arlberg, Austria, and five free days at Les 3 Vallées, France.
(Joe Wilhelm Jr. is currently a powder nomad, but in a previous life was a journalist who has been published in Skiing, Powder and The Jackson Hole Skier magazines, as well as several newspapers along the Rocky Mountain West and the East Coast.)
Donna Weinbrecht and Pam Fletcher joined Dan Egan to talk about the outlook for the US women's ski team at the Winter Olympics in February. Hear what Hannah Kearney and Mikaela Shiffrin had to say at recent interviews as well.
The new Killington Natural Woods Areas are a breath of fresh air for barks-biting winter riders who want to dive into the trees. The resort just announced that 745 acres of Natural Woods Areas are available for skiers and snowboarders within Killington Resort’s outer boundary, which spans from Sunrise and Bear Mountain to Ramshead.
These areas are not maintained or checked by ski area personnel and these areas are not opened or closed like gladed trails. In other words, ski at your own risk, which is a welcome sign to most backcountry and trees skiers and snowboarders.
And when it comes to new policies in skiing at resorts in the United States, this one sounds more like the big mountain policies you might find in Canada or Europe.
It gets even better because Killington and Pico now have an earn your turns policy, which is officially called the Free “Uphill Travel Pass.” This allows skinner and snowshoe traffic on the trails 24/7. So now there is no excuse not to get first tracks on a powder day.
This is a sigh of relief for outdoor lovers who enjoy the mountaineering experience of a quiet uphill workout and mountain-peak solitude with the added bonus of skiing or riding alone or with a few select friends early morning or late evening. The uphill travel policy outlines where you can go and how to be safe during non-operating hours so not to bump into groomers or snowmaking.
Tabke remains a mainstay on the ski tour through consistently finishing in the top 10. In 2013 he was FWT World Champion and in 2012 he was second overall on the Freeskiing World Tour and was ranked first in 2011.
In 2013 the Freeride World Tour merged with the Freeskiing World Tour, which provided athletes and fans with one global tour for all of the best skiers and snowboarders in the world to compete on. Winning the first year of this global tour was not only a huge accomplishment, but it was a clear statement that Tabke is a dominant skiing force.
In the last 10 years, Tabke has seen competitors come and go, and more importantly the prize purses have grown to almost 10 times the amounts they were back in 2004. Now, he's a season veteran who has established himself as an athlete with a balanced view on the sometimes deadly sport of big mountain freeride competitions. He credits his success to his time growing up in the mountain resort of Park City Utah, and his longevity to his persevering nature.
"I've stuck around long enough to know that consistency is a result of sticking with it. And now that we have one worldwide tour with a global audience sticking with it, it has been worth it," Tabke said on a late-night drive from British Columbia to his home ski area of Crystal Mountain, Washington.
Follow Tabke's success this season on his blog at http smallworldbigmountains.com And Listen to his entire interview on Edging the Xtreme on RadioBDC with Dan Egan in the player embedded here:
The 2014 Freeride World Tour season will open in Courmayeur Mont Blanc, Italy (Jan. 18), with men's ski and snowboard competitions. The Freeride World Tour will then continue with both men's and women's ski and snowboard competition at Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France (Jan. 25), Fieberbrunn Kitzbüheler Alpen, Austria (Feb. 1), Kirkwood in the US (March 1), Revelstoke, Canada (March 10) and the Swatch Xtreme Verbier in Switzerland (March 22).
With $25,000 of purse money up for grabs, Killington's "Rails to Riches" competition is the marquee ski and snowboard event that kicks off the competition season in the east every year.
This is an event that mixes top North American pros against regional amateurs looking to make their mark.
This year the crowd packed the K1 base area under the lights for the final rounds as the skiers and riders aired, flipped and twisted onto and off of the rail park. It was an extremely competitive field with more than 100 competitors traveling from all of the top resorts in North America.
The winners took home "cold hard cash" and the spectators witnessed one of the premier competitions in North America.
Winning the women's snowboard division was Waterville Valley's Nora Healey, a 15-year-old high school student who is making her mark and launching onto the Rev Tour this winter.
Dan Egan caught up with Nora on Edging the Xtreme on Radio BDC ...
1. Khai Krepela; Kingston, MA - $5,000
2. Dominic Laporte; Saint-Sauveur, QC - $2,250
3. LJ Strenio; Park City, UT - $1,000
1. Riley Nickerson; Kings Beach, CA - $5,000
2. Jeremy Cloutier; Blainville, QC - $2,250
3. Tim Major; Pittsfield, VT - $1,000
1. Jackie Kling; Lake Harmony, PA - $1,500
2. Marie Donaldson; Verdun, QC - $1,000
3. Miranda Holson; Woodstock, VT - $500
1. Nora Healey; Holderness, NH - $1,500
2. Lily Calabrese; Proctorsville, VT - $1,000
3. Bekah Ashley; Wilmington, NY - $500
When it comes to Action Sports, athletes are accepting huge risk for huge reward.
Athletes like Shaun White have made fortunes from extreme sports, but many have ended up on the complete opposite side of the equation with massive injuries and even death.
One man stands alone on the sideline of the injured, handing out "High Fives" for recovery.
Roy Tuscany who suffered a spinal cord injury while training in 2006 at Mammoth Mountain in California decided to pave a way for the survivors of action sports injuries from traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries and beyond.
In 2009, he founded the High Five Foundation to provide grants and gifts to injured athletes who need financial help during their recoveries. He doesn't stop there, and is a spokesperson for safety and most recently launched a "Helmets are Cool" campaign sponsored by the National Ski Patrol, POC Helmets , Snocru, Squaw Valley, and Alpine Meadows.
The CR Johnson Healing Center is named after famed freeride skier CR Johnson, who was an X-Games champion and well-known skier who pioneered new tricks in and out of the half pipe. He suffered a TBI while filming a ski movie when Kye Peterson landed on CR's head after the two skiers jumped off of the same back country kicker.
Johnson died four years later attempting to revitalize his ski career at his home resort of Squaw Valley, Calif.
Listen to my interview with Roy Tuscany in the player below.
When it comes to winter action sports, Woodward at Copper Mountain in Colorado is the center of training, progression and safety.
Woodward is an international leader in action sports training and progression and is one of the only centers keeping pace with the innovative nature of extreme and action sports. Athletes ranging from Bobby Brown and Shaun White to beginners come here to learn and practice flips, twist and much much more.
The "Barn," as it was called recently, went through a massive renovation to broaden the scope and range of sports that can now train here.
National in scope, Camp Woodward is in Pennsylvania and their newest location is Woodward Tahoe. From BMX, skateboard, snowboard and skiing, these are the locations for action sports training. The facilities include trampolines, foam pits, and ramps. They offer camps, lessons and instruction for all abilities.
Action sports are exciting and fun, but they are also dangerous. Woodward and its national locations are taking the lead in safety so any athlete or parent serious about learning how to be involved with these sports should visit one of these locations sooner than later.
Listen to my latest Edging the Xtreme report on Radio BDC:
Eighteen-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin won the opening World Cup slalom by a massive 1.06 seconds in Levi, Finland, and her prize was a reindeer.
She now leads the overall FIS Women's World Cup standings. Shiffrin has won five of the last eight World Cup Slaloms.
Shiffrin has been focusing on skiing two consistent runs per race.
"That’s the goal, try to ski fast both runs, to ski my skiing both runs from top to bottom. I don’t always like to start first, but if I’m going last in the second run that’s never a bad sign," she said.
She's glad to be back on snow after a long summer.
"I’m a ski racer at heart, so I’m really happy to be back racing, back on snow, back in winter. It was really foreign to me this summer with all the media and everybody so excited abut the Olympics. It’s awesome and it’s a great place to be for sure, but I had no idea what to expect. So it’s nice to have my feet back on the ground, back in a place that I know."
The women's World Cup tour now moves to Beaver Creek, Colo. for a downhill, super G and giant slalom Nov. 29-Dec. 1. The events will test the newly completed Raptor course, which will host all women's competition during the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.
Listen to my segment on the subject on Radio BDC in the audio player below.
The Boston Ski and Snowboard show is being held through Sunday at the Seaport World Trade Center.
This is the place to go for preseason deals on equipment, clothing and ski area specials. The annual gathering of ski and snowboard enthusiasts showcases the who, what, and when of skiing in North America and around the globe.
Look for me on Friday around the show floor. Ticket are only $12 and kids under 12 are free.
If you miss me there I’ll be emceeing the Warren Miller movie showing Sunday night in Duxbury. Go to tixbeast.com for your tickets.
When you are there, make sure you check out the new generation of the SkiTips apps series for iPhone and iPad, which will be debuting at this year's Boston Ski & Snowboard Show, with all proceeds going to local charity Christopher's Haven.
The SkiTips concept of self-teaching apps includes a complete course on snowboarding from beginner to expert by Olympic medalist and 36-time World Cup winner Mathieu Bozetto, while the five skiing apps cover every level from first-timers to telemark, off-piste and back-country touring.
The SkiTips team is working with Christopher's Haven to help raise money for this extraordinary Boston institution. All proceeds from sales of any of the SkiTips apps during the show will be donated to the Haven.
United We Ski is a new film by T-bar film and it looks at the community ski areas that still exist in Vermont. United We Ski includes Hard'ack, Northeast Slopes, and Cochran's Ski Area. The film also explores lost ski areas as well as secret ski tows hidden among the sugar-bushes of Vermont.
Listen to my weekly reports on RadioBDC ...
Shane McConkey was a real-life action hero in the world of extreme sports. His career ran for two decades, and he was known for his innovation on and off the slopes.
As a skier he pioneered fat skis, invented and marketed reverse camber skis, and became the name and face for ski-BASE jumping around the world.
Off the snow he founded an organization for freeride skiers, carved out new sponsorship deals with mainstream sponsors such as Red Bull, and was a family man.
His life ended in an accident in Europe when he attempted to ski off a cliff and wing-suit away and then eventually parachute to safety. Unfortunately, due to equipment failure, Shane McConkey jumped his last cliff March 29 2009 in the Dolomite mountains in Italy.
A new documentary film entitled "McConkey" is a heartfelt examination of the legacy one athlete left on the progression of his sports, and the path he took to achieve his dreams.
McConkey is revered as a pioneer of freeskiing and ski-BASE jumping, and through his talent and ability to use his trademark irreverent humor, he inspired countless lives.
Featuring incredible action footage and Shane’s own home videos, "McConkey" offers a rare look at his most intense risks as well as an intimate portrait of his personal life.
Through interviews with friends, family, and other action sports legends, the film celebrates Shane and the way he lived.
It is playing in Boston Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. at John Hancock Hall. Click here to view the movie trailer.
Click here for Boston tickets: http://mcconkeyboston.eventbrite.com/
Edging the Xtreme caught up with long-time skier and filmmaker Scott Gaffney for insight in to this film. Listen below:
At 12 years old, Alana Smith says she has "reached all of the dreams she set out for" when she started her career at 7 years old. Smith won an X-Games Silver Medal in Skateboarding this past summer in Barcelona, and she has also been added to the Guinness Book of World Records.
Smith attends the Kids that Rip Skateboard Academy and loves it. She considers herself an athlete and trains up to five hours a day.
Dan Egan caught up with Smith on her way to school. Listen to the interview on RadioBDC's Edging the Edging the Xtreme.
Simon Dumont is the elder statesman of skiing half-pipe. With U.S. Olympic teammates and fellow competitors sometimes half his age, Dumont finds himself leading the sport he help to create. He has stood on the podium at every major half pipe event around the world for the last 13 years, and the final prize of Olympic glory is now with in reach.
For the last year, Dumont was injured to the extent that he competed without ski poles in the 2013 Winter X Games. But he's now injury-free and in the best shape of his life. With just under 150 days left before the Winter 2014 Opening Ceremonies in Sochi, Russia.
Edging the Xtreme caught up with Simon Dumont at the recent USOC 2013 Team USA Media Summit in Park City, Utah.
Listen to the entire interview on RadioBDC:
Maria Forsberg, a two-time American Motocross Association (AMA) Female Athlete of the year and three-time X-Games Gold Medalist, takes a rational look at her life as a professional Enduro X rider.
When you watch her ride you see the determination of a fighter as she manages the grueling Enduro X track – a mix of large rocks, logs and jumps with deep water pools, mud and rutted corners.
In her X-Games Gold medal competition she battled the top women in the world in Munich, Germany. To watch this race you can see the endurance, balance and grit it takes to compete in Enduro X.
At just 25 years old, Forsberg balances her career, her marriage, and a full-time job as an electrician at Boeing. She credits her winning ways to the fullness of her life.
Listen to the entire interview on RadioBDC's Edging the Xtreme with Dan Egan:
At just 14 years old, Chase Hasch is hanging with the big boys. This young teenager hails from the notoriously heavy waves and strong winds of the Hawaiian Islands, and is one of the few athletes who has established his status as a “regular” among Maui’s kiteboarding scene.
Arguably one of the most technically-sound kite groms in the game, Hasch draws inspiration from today’s most promising athletes, as well as legends of the sport. Results include podium finishes in KB4K Events and participation at “Invite” only events such as Red Bull’s Sun Slider.
Mentored by Red Bull team rider Susi Mai, Hasch bounces between the Dominican Republic and the United States. He's sponsored by some of the top companies in the industry like Cabrinha and Hyperkite,and this teenager has his sights on any competitions that come his way – which may include the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Taking it all in stride, Hasch is a homeschooler is just looking and waiting for the next windy day so he can go out and play in the surf.
Check out the entire Edging the Xtreme interview on RadioBDC:
In the world of Professional Women's Rodeo few have been as successful as Sherry Cervi , a three-time world champion who has won over $2 million and is currently leading the world standings and eying another world title.
She recently had a three-week span during which she won close to $70,000, which is somewhat unheard of in the sport of Barrel Racing on the Women's Professional Rodeo Tour.
Listen to the interview with Cevi on Edging the Xtreme on RadioBDC:
Cervi was born on a range and races a horse she raised. If it sounds like fantasy story of a cowgirl making her dreams come true, it very well may be, but it hasn't been easy. Her husband, Mike Cevi, was a professional rodeo rider as well, and was tragically killed in a plane crash 2001.
Cevi's career spans the better part of 20 years and in that time, she has become the leading all-time money winner in Women's Professional Rodeo. She was featured during the 2002 Olympics as a western welcome to the world.
And for the professional rodeo star, the yearly travel schedule is a non-stop mix of endless miles from rodeo to rodeo in search of the elusive "Gold Belt Buckle." The standings are based on purse winnings, so with such a successful season, her spot in the finals in Vegas are secure.
"I want another shot at a world championship and Gold Buckles are won in Veags, so that is my plan!" said Cervi.
Of course, she gives all the credit to "Stingray," her horse.
From the hills of western Massachusetts Gillian Gibree heard the call of the ocean. Her high school accomplishments in softball and swimming led her to Cape Cod, where she began a seven-year career as a professional life guard. From there, the conversion to surfing – and eventually stand up paddle boarding – was easy.
Now, Gibree travels the globe as a professional paddle boarder and yoga instructor, motiving others in the art of movement, balance and self discovery.
Gillian has participated four times in the 36 mile Cape Cod Bay Challenge a Stand Up Paddle Board Challenge which takes place this Saturday starting in Plymouth Ma and ending in Wellfleet Ma. Over all a 12 plus hour journey across the Cape Cod Bay to raise money for Christopher's Haven a charity that provides support for both families and cancer patients at Boston’s MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the Dana-Farber/Children’s Hospital Cancer Center.
Gibree recently lead a world record attempt in Stand Up Paddle Boarding, where she organized over 250 people to participate in the largest gathering of people doing yoga on Stand Up Paddle Boards in California's Lake Tahoe.
Listen to more about the the Cape Cod Bay Challenge and learn more about Gillian in Edging the Xtreme's interview on Radio BDC:
If you're heading down to South America this season, you'll find fresh snow to ski on, and long runs to check out. Our group of compatriots has been great this year, tearing up the mountain and gliding through the powder together.
I'll let this video and the photos below speak for themselves. If you're interested in checking out what we do, follow me @SkiClinics on Twitter.