What Is a Coach?

Sports Illustrated’s cover shot of Coach Dean Smith, when he was named Sportsman of the Year. (C) Time Inc/Sports Illustrated. A terrific shot and an equally terrific article. Please read the cover story article which is linked here and listed in the ClickPak .   Paying Attention: Coach Dean Edward Smith died on February 7th, […]

The Second Annual Winter Film Festival: The Secret Turn of Ted Ligety

Ted Ligety is a specialist: he is, arguably, the greatest giant slalom racer of our time.   The Giant Slalom (“GS”) is a unique skiing event, combining the ability carry speed like a downhiller and run gates like a slalom racer, but at much higher speeds. When properly executed, as on the World Cup tour, the […]

The Second Annual Winter Film Festival: Bode Miller Profile

Bode Miller crashed out of the World Championships at Vail/Beaver Creek but his career could be over after a horrendous crash in the Super G that severed his hamstring tendon. Mille had the surgery to repair the injury in Vail at     He is the winningest skier in U.S. History with six Olympic Medals […]

The Second Annual Winter Film Festival: The Art of Tuning Skis

Paying Attention. They are the people behind the people who win the events and get the gold medals and the glory: ski techs, also known in the sport as ski tuners. Often, by people in the sport, they’re called “racer chasers”. These are the ultimate enablers. The ski tuner is to skiing what the caddy […]

The Second Annual Winter Film Festival: The Downhill at 100MPH

Another run at Wengen, this time in 2013 with the Point of View of the racer, not the network covering the race. Great running commentary and terrifying footage. As with most of the entries in this year’s Second Annual Winter Film Festival, this one looks amazing when played on a big flat screen.   The Fine […]

The Second Annual Winter Film F estival: Herman Maier Runs the Downhill

Herman Maier is one of history’s great ski competitors. He has won 4 overall World Cup titles, a pair of Olympic Gold Medals (in 1998), 54 World Cup Races and three World Championships. Known as “The Herminator”(one of the all-time great sports nicknames and obviously derived from fellow Austrian  Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character “The Terminator”), Maier is a […]

The Second Annual Winter Film Festival: Tempting Fear

Tempting Fear is a piece of dangerous art. The film, sponsored by Salomon (almost everyone who skis has skied on Salomon gear), follows extreme skier Andreas Fransson. Extreme skiing is dangerous. Backcountry skiing is dangerous. Skiing off-piste is dangerous. Skiing the trees is dangerous. Skiing is a dangerous sport (all the more reason to be […]

The Second Annual Winter Film Festival. Lindsey Vonn Wins Her 62nd World Cup Race

One of America’s great competitors–Lindsey Vonn–in a short clip that shows her winning her 62nd World Cup race. Vonn has suffered multiple serious knee injuries but she is ruthless in her determination to compete and refuses to walk away from a sport that she loves as long as she can recover to the ability to […]

The Second Annual Winter Film Festival. Everything's a Nail. Here's Your Hammer.

This film, produced by Kastle, who also make a very nice pair of downhill skis, will take you all over the world with a group of serious, talented pro athletes. The action stretches from The Arlberg in Austria to Antarctica; from Jackson Hole to Verbier to Whistler BC to Mt. Fuji. It’s a travelogue and […]

The Second Annual Winter Film Festival. Everything’s a Nail. Here’s Your Hammer.

This film, produced by Kastle, who also make a very nice pair of downhill skis, will take you all over the world with a group of serious, talented pro athletes. The action stretches from The Arlberg in Austria to Antarctica; from Jackson Hole to Verbier to Whistler BC to Mt. Fuji. It’s a travelogue and […]