Grasic, Osborne-Paradis, and Thomsen demonstrate valleys power
Compiled by Dan Walton
The valleys three most competitive ski racers Martin Grasic, Manny Osborne-Paradis, and Ben Thomsen are all busy this season touring the globe, tearing down mountain ranges throughout Europe and North America.
Name: Ben Thomsen Age: 27
Valley connection: Valley born and raised; Windermere Valley Ski Club veteran
Race division/level: Alpine Canada/ World Cup
Placements so far this year: Tied for 122nd overall; 42nd in downhill Races coming up: Not available
Quote from January 25th World Cup downhill in Kitzbhel, Austria: When you come through the finish area and you look over to your teammates and see them smiling and celebrating its really special.
Name: Manny Osborne-Paradis Age 30
Valley connection: Valley resident; graduate of David Thompson Secondary School Race division/level: Alpine Canada/ World Cup
Placements so far this year:Top ranking Canadian; 21st overall worldwide; 10th in downhill; 18th in Super G
Races coming up: Wengen, Switzerland January 16-17; Kitzbuehel, Austria January 23-24; Beaver Creek, Colorado February 4-7; Saalbach, Austria February 21-22; Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany February 28; Kvitfjell, Norway March 7-8; and Meribel, France March 18-19.
Quote from November 29th World Cup downhill at Lake Louise: Im going to try and get on the podium at every race so it just helps. So far were one for one.
Name: Martin Grasic Age: 19
Valley connection: Born and raised; Windermere Valley Ski Club veteran
Race division/level: NOR AM Cup through Alpine Canada development team
Placements so far this year:50th in overall NOR AM Cup standings; 45th in Slalom and 25th in Giant Slalom. Place 4th in an FIS Giant Slalom race on December 23; 10th in FIS Slalom race on December 12 (both at Panorama)
Races coming up: FIS Alpine Junior World Championships 2015 in Hafjell, Norway in March
Quote from September 19th The Pioneer : Ive always dreamed of becoming the best winning Olympic medals and World Cup titles, thats the ultimate dream. I still think I can do it.
Check out his FIS results: data.fis-ski.com
Crowdfunding page: makeachamp.com/martingrasic