Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Recap of Northern Winter

It really feels like summer just flew by! It could be because some of us were chasing the winter during the Australian summer or that everyone who was basking in the sun were praying for snow. Either way, it’s winter already and we are gearing up for the 2012 Chicks with Stix sessions at Mt Buller, Mt Hotham, Thredbo and Perisher.

Before we get into the Australian winter, we want to make a quick shout out to some of our badass coaches who absolutely slayed it overseas over the last few months.

Anna Segal
World Ski Invitational 2012, Whistler

You’ve probably heard of her before, Anna has been in the game for a good number of years and never disappoints. She had an amazing season this year on the AFP circuit in the US and Europe including:

3rd      Winter X Games, Aspen US
2nd      Dew Tour, Snowbasin, US
2nd      Euro Winter X Games, Tignes, FRA
1st       World Ski Invitational, Whistler, CAN

X Games 2012,  Anna in 3rd
 After a kick-ass season Spanner was ranked 2nd overall on the AFP Women’s Slopestyle for 2012. We’re proud to call this death defying sugar-glider a part of the team. Have a look at Anna's blog for all the stories from her winter!

Katya Crema
Grindelwald World Cup
Katya had a record breaking season, including a personal best for her World Cup ranking in which she took out 17th overall on the women’s circuit. Some of her results in 2012 so far include:

7th          World Cup, Les Contamines, France
11th        Winter X Games, Aspen USA
1st          Australian National SX Championships, Hotham (2011)

X Games 2012- measuring the money booter at the end of the SkiX course

Back training in Australia, Katya is getting ready for the winter ahead working with NSWIS.  Check out her blog for all the details.

Nat Segal
Nat getting air at Snowbird (photo S.Markewitz Workshop)
In her most successful season to date, Nat pulled out some amazing results on the Freeskiing World Tour circuit in the US. After a slow start to the season as a result of lack of snow and a spectacular tangle with a tree in her first competition at Snowbird, Nat the Rat went on to the podium for the next two events including:

1st        Freeskiing World Tour Qualifiers, Moonlight Basin, US
3rd       Freeskiing World Tour Championships, Kirkwood, US

Freeskiing World Champs, Kirkwood
Overall Nat took out 10th for the FWT 2012, a ranking she is eager to contest next winter.

Hanna Fisher
Hanna, smiling as always

On the other side of the Atlantic Hanna was battling away at the Freeride World Qualifiers in the hope of breaking into the top 4 to qualify for the Freeride World Tour. Hanna had some spectacular results such as:
Podium at Nendaz Freeride

In a close race, Hanna took out 6th overall in the FWQ leaving her 2 places shy of the qualification spot. We can’t wait to see what Hanna will get up to next winter! Check out one of Hanna's final runs here.


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