Category Archives: winter Sports

It’snowheaven – In The Memory – By Jess Softley

This year many people will remember the X Games in Aspen for a very different reason, as an extremely talented snowmobile rider lost his life doing what he loved.

For quite a few years now, the X Games has held the snowmobile events, bringing the “Extreme” to many lives of these pro riders.

As expected, these events were designed to test the skill of each rider and to push their limits.

Both brother’s Caleb and Colton Moore, knew exactly how to show off their talent in this field as they were pulling off somersaults and flying off each kicker, barely clinging on, with only their feet round the handlebars.

Caleb was just a teenager when he decided to make the switch from all-terrain vehicle racing over to snowbmobiles. He first started competing just three years ago, and in that short time he became a four-time X Games medallist, quickly rising to the top.

So after landing a backflip many times during practise, no one suspected that this last jump could go wrong.

After under rotating the flip, his snowmobile caught the edge of the landing area, sending him straight over the handlebars and into the path of his vehicle which conclusively rolled onto and over him.

With a sport as dangerous as this and a snowmobile weighing over 450lbs, this trick was bound to have some consequences.

Caleb was first taken to hospital to be treated for a concussion but as the night drew to a close, there became a complication as a bleeding developed around his heart.

He was then flown to Grand Junction, Colorado for immediate surgery, in which Caleb then suffered a complication involving his brain.

All who knew him, or were inspired by his bravery and talent would agree that USA has lost one of its best snow sports athletes and they were glad he could go doing what he loved the most.

Moore’s sudden death was the first ever in X Games history since its establishment in 1997, and a result of this, a charity was set up help cover Moore’s medical expenses and by early Saturday morning, has raised nearly $50,000.

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Winter Sports Success

With all the snow around in Britain, it make perfect time to reflect on some brilliant achievements by winter sports specialists this week.

At the European Championships in Sweden, Elise Christie won the 1500m gold in the speed skating.

Also in that race was Christie’s GB team-mate Charlotte Gilmartin who finished in bronze medal position.

For Christie, this is not her favoured event and sets her up nicely for her big one the 1000m on sunday, whilst she also has the 500m final on Saturday.

Elsewhere, former GB sprinter Craig Pickering, made the Bobsleigh World Championship squad, just a month after switching to the sport.

The former European 60m silver medalist turned to the sport after persistent injuries had hampered his progress in athletics.

He made his world cup debut last weekend with pilot John Jackson and they finished in 19th place.

However his form and rapid rise has convinced selectors to take him to the World Championships and he will partner Jackson in GBR 1.

The Full team for the men and women’s bobsleigh is as follows:

Men’s Two-Man:

  • GBR 1 – John Jackson and Craig Pickering
  • GBR 2 – Lamin Deen + one other

Women’s Two-Man:

  • GBR 1 – Paula Walker, Gillian Cooke
  • GBR 2 – Two from; Victoria Olaoye, Kelly Denyer Mica McNeill, Nikki McSweeney, Sarah Adams, Lucy Oneydero
  • GBR 3 – If GBR remain in top 22 by January 22nd, they could have a third team.

Men’s Four-Man:

  • GBR 1 – John Jackson, Stuart Benson, Bruce Tasker, Joel Fearon
  • GBR 2 – Four from; Lamin Deen, Henry Nuwame, Jim Galvin, Andrew Matthews, Ben Simons.

Finally in winter sports this week, Belfast beat Fife 3-0 in this weeks Elite League Hockey match, and a full fixture of events takes place this weekend.

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No Christmas Break

While other European countries have Christmas breaks in their sporting calendar, England prepares for the festive period of sport.

The football fixtures are notoriously brilliant for springing up some superb crackers and this year is no different with big games for the top sides.

Manchester United have to face Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion in quick succession in two tricky games as they look to enter the New Year at the top of the tree.

Other title contenders and current champions Manchester City face Stoke City and they as well as Chelsea have to face inform Norwich City in the winter series of games.

Good runs for Arsenal, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool will propel the sides up the table and make their second half of the season much easier.

At the bottom, there are crucial games for Queens Park Rangers, Reading and Southampton as they try to get a roll going before the transfer market opens.

Yet it is not just football that continues its period. In athletics, the Indoor Championships, both National and International take place in the opening three months of the year, and with form a priority, competitions are quickly coming up.

Regional events take place in January, along with the coveted  UK series against the best in Europe and USA and are great places to get qualifying times and that winning mentality.

Winter Sports are inevitably reaching the middle of their fixture lists and with key championships in 2013, it is important to make a move and keep form, rather than presents, on the mind.

The darts world championship continues through the Christmas break too, and with the cricket coming to an end, and the Australian Open tennis around the corner, the festive period is action packed once more.

You will be able to catch all the action, as well as all the winter sport here at The Sporting week throughout the festive period.

 

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Winter Sports News

As the snow hits the UK, winter sport is warming the hearts and coming to crucial points across all events.

In curling, Scotland’s women qualified for the top two playoff at the European Championships after they won seven of their nine round robin matches.

They will now face, Sweden, who also won seven, in the playoff for a chance at the final. The Scottish have been notoriously good at this event and could well hold the key for GB in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Scotland’s mens team didn’t fair so well however as they only won four of their nine games and languish down in seventh, with Norway taking top spot in the round robin format.

In the skeleton, Britain’s Shelley Rudman has played down her chances of grabbing a second gold medal in the World Cup event.

She currently lies fifth in the championship, after taking the crown last year, but said: “I’m not too confident. This track and Whistler are the ones I find quite difficult.”

Elsewhere, the British Elite Ice Hockey League saw some major clashes in this round and you can catch that in Puck Plays at the end of the week, as well as some interesting developments at the Sheffield Steelers.

Former GB sprinter Craig Pickering has taken up bobsleigh as he aims to compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics. He is not the first sprinter to make the switch and will be hoping to put track injuries behind him on the ice.

You can of course catch more snowboarding news on Tuesday with Jess Softley as well as staying one step ahead of the action by looking through the archives.

 

 

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Rudman Takes Gold

2006 Winter Olympics Silver medalist Shelley Rudman added another medal to her collection today as she took World Cup goal in the meeting at Winterberg.

The skeleton rider set a new course record on the way and was over a second clear of her nearest rivals.

it was a great comeback from the British athlete after she had endured a turbulent start to her season with mixed fortunes, and the overshadowing by fellow GB athlete Lizzy Yarnold.

Rudman broke the record on her first run in Germany with a superb 58.06 clocking and as a result she could take a more conservative second run to guarantee the gold.

On the victory, Rudmon posted on Twitter: “Just won the Winterberg World Cup and set a new track record by half a second!”

it means that GB athletes have won two of the four World Cup runs so far this season as they look to start the long process to the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014.

 

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