Saturday, November 26, 2011

Where to Watch Races

I'm just posting a quick update about where to watch the races this weekend.

1) You can just watch the times, with no video, but I can almost guarantee that this will work anywhere. Just click on the link for Aspen SL or Lake Louise, whichever you want to watch!

2) This link works in the US. I am not sure about other countries. You should be able to find Aspen or Lake Louise under the Live Video.
sportlemon.tv

*This link is the best that we have found so far! (And I fixed the link!) 

3) This site you usually have to pay and sign up for, but you can watch the races live, or wait and watch them later. This one may only work in the US. Go to the following link, or click on live events.


4) This link may also work. There is a live feed at the right side of the page under "Latest Skiing News".

Of course, you can also check my previous blog post and try to watch on TV, on NBC or Rogers Sportsnet.

Thanks for cheering us on!!!

WOOOOOHOOOOO!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

TV SHEDULES & Loveland, CO

 We are training in Loveland, Colorado right now to get ready for Aspen! 

 It is beautiful here. It is sunny and quite warm, meaning amazing visibility and great snow.

 However, would you recognize us on the slopes? 


We have moved on from our usual colours, and become CRAZY! You will not lose us in a snow storm!

Here is Anna and Martin showing off their cool new jackets! Martin wearing the men's lumberjack design.

I tried to take another picture of Anna, without looking, and this is what showed up on the screen. Martin contemplating the snow conditions and how to make us that much faster!  

Colorado has always been a place that feels familiar and comfortable. It is where my family spent our family holidays before Christmas. My grandparents would always come with us, even when my parents could not. We would ski hard all day, shop and drink warm drinks in the afternoon, watch Christmas cartoons, and stop at gas stations to collect free Christmas ornaments at night. These vacations were some of the highlights of my childhood, so it amazing to be back again!

Obviously when we are bored on the slow chair, motorboating becomes a normal thing to do. THIS ONE IS AMAZING! 


You can actually see the movement of my lips... horselike?

Here is a more normal one to end off with!

Friday is our last day of training in Loveland and then we move to Aspen, to look at different, equally as beautiful mountains!

Eve- simply admiring the view.... 

As promised, here is the schedule for the World Cup races this season, including men/women and all events. It appears as if most of the races will be covered by either CBC or Rogers Sportsnet.

Here is the link for skiing on CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/skiing/

See the highlighted column below for ASPEN'S SLALOM schedule!
2011-12 Alpine Skiing on CBC Schedule
Saturday 11/26, 1:00pm – Lake Louise: Men’s Downhill
Sunday 11/27, 4:00pm – Lake Louise: Men’s Super-G
Saturday 12/3, 12:00pm – Lake Louise: Women’s Downhill #1
Saturday 12/3, 1:00pm – Beaver Creek: Men’s Super-G
Saturday 12/3, 2:30pm – Lake Louise: Women’s Downhill #2
Sunday 12/4, 3:00pm – Lake Louise: Women’s Super-G
Saturday 12/10, 12:00pm – Val d’Isere: Men’s Giant Slalom
Saturday 12/17, 12:00pm – Val Gardena: Men’s Downhill
Saturday 12/31, 3:00pm – Bormio: Men’s Downhill
Saturday 1/7, 2:00pm – Zagreb: Men’s Slalom
Saturday 1/7, 3:30pm – Adelboden: Men’s Giant Slalom
Saturday 1/14, 1:00pm – Cortina: Women’s Downhill
Saturday 1/14, 2:00pm – Wengen: Men’s Downhill
Saturday 1/21, 3:00pm – Kitzbuhel: Men’s Downhill
Saturday 1/28, 12:00pm – Garmisch: Men’s Downhill
Saturday 2/4, 12:00pm – Garmisch: Women’s Downhill
Saturday 2/4, 1:00pm – Chamonix: Men’s Downhill
Saturday 2/18, 1:00pm – Sochi: Women’s Downhill
Saturday 2/18, 4:00pm – Bansko: Men’s Giant Slalom
Saturday 2/25, 1:00pm – Crans-Montana: Men’s Super-G
Sunday 2/26, 2:00pm – Crans-Montana: Men’s Giant Slalom
Saturday 3/3, 1:00pm – Ofterschwang: Women’s Giant Slalom
Saturday 3/3, 2:00pm – Kvitfjell: Men’s Downhill
Saturday 3/10, 1:00pm – Are: Women’s Giant Slalom
Saturday 3/10, 2:00pm – Kranjska Gora: Men’s Giant Slalom
Saturday 3/17, 2:00pm – Schladming: World Cup Finals
Saturday 3/17, 3:30pm – Schladming: World Cup Finals
Sunday 3/18, 2:00pm – Schladming: World Cup Finals

2011-12 Alpine Skiing on Sportsnet Schedule
Date
Event
East
Ontario
West
Pacific
One
Saturday 11/26 Aspen: Women’s Giant Slalom 4:30pm 5:00pm 3:00pm 2:00pm 7:00pm
Sunday 11/27 Aspen: Women’s Slalom

7:00pm 6:00pm 7:00pm
Friday 12/2 Beaver Creek: Men’s Downhill 4:00pm 4:00pm 4:00pm 4:00pm 7:00pm
Sunday 12/4 Beaver Creek: Men’s Giant Slalom

7:00pm 6:00pm 7:00pm
Saturday 12/10 Val d’Isere: Women’s Combined 4:30pm 5:00pm 3:00pm 2:00pm 7:00pm
Sunday 12/11 Val d’Isere: Men’s Slalom

7:00pm 6:00pm 7:00pm
Friday 12/16 Val Gardena: Men’s Super-G 4:00pm 4:00pm 4:00pm 4:00pm 7:00pm
Saturday 12/17 Courchevel: Women’s Giant Slalom 4:30pm 5:00pm 3:00pm 2:00pm 7:00pm
Sunday 12/18 Alta Badia: Men’s Giant Slalom

7:00pm 6:00pm 7:00pm
Monday 12/19 Alta Badia: Men’s Slalom 4:00pm 4:00pm 4:00pm 4:00pm 7:00pm
Sunday 1/8 Adelboden: Men’s Slalom


6:00pm 7:00pm
Sunday 1/15 Wengen: Men’s Slalom 5:00pm 5:00pm 3:00pm 2:00pm 7:00pm
Sunday 1/22 Maribor: Women’s Slalom 5:00pm 5:00pm 3:00pm 2:00pm 7:00pm
Saturday 1/28 St. Moritz: Women’s Downhill 4:30pm 5:00pm 3:00pm 2:00pm 7:00pm
Sunday 1/29 Garmisch: Men’s Super-G 5:00pm 5:00pm 3:00pm 2:00pm 7:00pm
Sunday 2/5 Garmisch: Women’s Super-G 5:00pm 5:00pm 3:00pm 2:00pm 7:00pm
Saturday 2/11 Sochi: Men’s Downhill 4:30pm 5:00pm 3:00pm 2:00pm 7:00pm
Sunday 2/12 Sochi: Men’s Combined 5:00pm 5:00pm 3:00pm 2:00pm 7:00pm
Sunday 2/19 Sochi: Women’s Combined 5:00pm 5:00pm 3:00pm 2:00pm 7:00pm
Tuesday 2/21 Moscow: Parallel Slalom 4:00pm 4:00pm 4:00pm 4:00pm 7:00pm
Saturday 2/25 Bansko: Women’s Downhill 4:30pm 5:00pm 3:00pm 2:00pm 7:00pm
Sunday 2/26 Bansko: Women’s Super-G 5:00pm 5:00pm 3:00pm 2:00pm 7:00pm
Sunday 3/4 Kvitfjell: Men’s Super-G 5:00pm 5:00pm 3:00pm 2:00pm 7:00pm
Friday 3/9 Are: Women’s Giant Slalom 4:00pm 4:00pm 4:00pm 4:00pm 7:00pm
Sunday 3/11 Kranjska-Gora: Men’s Slalom 5:00pm 5:00pm 3:00pm 2:00pm 7:00pm

*REMINDER: The men race at Lake Louise this weekend as well. GO CANADA GO!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Video- Winning Run

Last season I fulfilled one of my childhood dreams- to make it on a World Cup winning runs video.

At the World Championships in Garmisch, I placed 29th on my first run, and with nothing to lose I won the second run by about 7 tenths, putting me into 16th place overall.

Here is the video!


It was an amazing day, and I'm glad my Dad was there to share it with me.

Now, I am focusing ahead, on Aspen!


After quite the travel day, we are now in Colorado, settled into condos in Frisco. We learned this morning that we shouldn't grocery shop before any of us have eaten breakfast! We race slalom on Sunday, and everything is settling into place. I will try to find the link on CBC where the race can be found. Again- please stay tuned!

Friday, November 18, 2011

World Cup Video- Finally!

I finally have video from the World Cup races last season. (My better, second run is at the bottom of this post!)

Today I will just post two videos from the most interesting race of the season.... Arber-Zweisel. This is the race when I cut my chin first run (a gate hit my bar, my bar broke and hit my face) and came 30th. My chin wasn't in very good shape, so I missed inspection and got it taped up by a doctor... On my second run I placed 5th, which put me 13th overall!!
I stood in the leader box for the first time of the season, with pink tape on my face. After this Jenny and I ran to the hospital, so that I could get stitched up.

INTERESTING!!!

Here is my first run


This is what I looked like after the first run...



And my second run!


It was definitely an interesting race, but produced the best result of my season!

Stay tuned for video of my World Cup winning run at World Champs!!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

HEAD GEAR SPONSOR!

With the opening race of the World Cup season approaching, I wanted to take the opportunity to announce my partnership with Polar Securities; my Head Gear Sponsor! I am very lucky to have such an amazing company supporting me and standing behind me this season, and I will work hard to make them proud!

Polar Securities was established in 1991, and is one of the earliest arrivals in the hedge fund industry. Polar has a long history and deep knowledge in the hedge fund market, which few, if any advisors can match.


"Each strategy is managed towards
achieving low volatility and absolute
returns, ensuring the preservation
of capital for our investors."- Polar Securities 

However, for those of us less savvy in the business world, I believe that the personalities of this business team are truly what make it successful. As I rode the elevator to an upper floor of a Toronto building, I was excited, but I was nervous and didn't know what to expect. I am a country girl after all. Yet, as I stepped off the elevator I was immediately greeted with warmth, not only from the people, but also from the amazing art covering each wall. When I met a few members of the Polar team, I was greeted with a solid handshake and a smile, without exception. It felt as if I was welcomed in as part of the team, and I was able to relax and get to know my new supporters! 

Robin Fox designed the sticker for my helmet and patch for my hats! It looks as if it was always meant to be there!

The design hits close to home for many reasons, one of which is that the name of the company, and the logo, is that of a bear. Throughout my life, the shape of a bear has become significant. First of all, when I was young, I remember my Grandpa carving fetish bears for my Grandmother out of wood. He would also inlay these bears into the bowls that he turned. Over the years this became a symbol of strength for my family as my Grandmother began wearing bear earrings and my Mom started wearing a bear on skis. Thus began my slogan of "Be The Bear", when I was a young teenager. Now, a bear is on my helmet representing Polar Securities; the fortitude of their company; and the strong relationship that is developing between their team and an advancing athlete!


Thank you Polar Securities!!!
To learn more about Polar Securities please click HERE, go to polarsec.ca, or click on the Polar Securities logo on the lower right hand side of my page, under "My Personal Sponsors"!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Life of a Ski Racer

This is going to be a bit of a teaser! I wrote a guest blog for my cousin's website!
Let me introduce you to Charlotte Bumstead- freelance writer and cousin extraordinaire!

 Carly graduated from York University in 2010 with a BA in professional writing. She is an amazing writer, and I always get to search for her columns in Zoomer Magazine when I am in the lounge. She

Please visit her website to learn more or follow her on twitter @charlottebumstead!! http://charlottebumstead.ca

And on to the guest post!!
GUEST POST: THE LIFE OF AN OLYMPIAN 

If you look at my life from afar it seems quite predictable, rational and calm. I have a place to call home, I’ve been dating the same guy for almost four years and he is amazing, and I have an incredible family and great friends. I’m not known as a partier, but I like a drink now and then. I believe there is something to be said about enjoying a perfect silence interrupted only by the sound of the loons, or curling up beside a fire to escape into a good book. Above all else, I’m a perfectionist. I work hard and I love my job. On the surface, I appear to enjoy my peaceful, predictable days; however, things are not always what they seem.Most of my days are spent racing down a mountain in a spandex suit trying to make it to the bottom faster than anyone else on the hill. It’s not unusual for me to come home with bruises all over my body from plastic gates. In other words, I am a ski racer.
It’s taken many years for me to come to terms with and comprehend exactly what being a professional athlete means. Over three years ago, when I was in grade 12, I was named to the Canadian Alpine Ski Team, and with that my life took a drastic turn.....


.... TO READ MORE please click HERE !
 or below
http://charlottebumstead.ca/?p=620#more-620

*The links above are edited! They will now take you to the correct page. Blogger... fail! Sorry! 

Saturday, November 12, 2011

WINTER!

Since my last post:
1) I turned from Veronica Corningstone, Co-Anchor, back into Erin Mielzynski, Ski Racer.

2) We were supposed to leave for Europe on November 2nd for training, and then head to Levi for our first race on November 12th... Obviously it is the 12th today and lo and behold.... I am not in Levi.

We received an email from our coach on November 2nd from our coach letting us know that Levi might be canceled due to snow issues... or lack there of.  (sorry for the bad video image!)

He told us that the next morning he would send us an email and let us know if we were going to go to Europe or not... that afternoon. The email came in and our trip was canceled due to warm conditions in Europe.
3) Therefore, on to the third change, we decided to head to Nakiska for a training camp before heading to Colorado for our first World Cup of the season... ASSSSPEN!

This isn't much snow, but they made enough snow to open the training hills, and it is amazing. 

Nakiska feels like home, especially now that I spent my summer in Canmore. Also, for once, Nakiska is not too cold!!

Our team has trained for 6 days now (although I missed a day because of a little bug), but the training has been really good. Our race preparation this year has been very good and amazing decisions have been made about where we go and when we train.

The girls had some fun with my camera, on the rails, one day when it was too windy to train gates. (On rock skis of course!)

Check out our new jackets!

You can't miss us now! 

Now we are embracing the winter conditions and our Canadian heritage. We are here in Alberta training on great snow, while Levi, which is north of the Arctic Circle, is experiencing a snow-less fall.

We are staying at a hotel that is by itself in the mountain, so we have to make our own fun.
Sometimes it's photo-shoots...


Other days it is playing soccer while it snows, or jogging on trails in the woods. I differ from many girls on the team because I like staying in the same place for more than a few days. The two weeks we are spending here is time to relax, do some laundry and catch up with friends.

This morning, while I was warming up I came within 10 feet of a few deer, which seemed to stop time for a minute and it was awe inspiring! However, my calm day seemed to end there as I rushed to the car, forgot my shorts in the lodge and forgot my necklace at the gym. Yet, to my surprise I found both items, so thank you to anyone that has ever found anything and returned it or left it there! Paying it forward really does work- and today it saved my day!