Friday, May 26, 2006


Found this email from our team manager in my in-box this morning:


The IPC has just confirmed that there will be no World Championships for Alpine in 2007. Klosters, Switzerland pulled thier bid about a month ago. The IPC Race Director found a new site in Sweden, but the new site was unnaceptable. They only had a FIS homologated GS and SL, no DH or SG. It would have been a very low level World Championships.

I know it is very dissapointing. The Race Director, Michael Knaus, is working to secure a site for 2009 so that this will not happen again.

I will send you a full update from the FIS and IPC meetings in Portugal in the next few days.

Hope everyone is doing well!

Sunday, May 21, 2006

simply hilarious

Thanks to Uncle Frank for this.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

"A slut nixes sex in Tulsa"

...and other great palindromes can be found here. (I particularly like all the various absurdist riffs on the well-known "A man, a plan, a canal — Panama!", such as: "A man, a plan, a cat, a ham, a yak, a yam, a hat, a canal — Panama!")

Thursday, May 11, 2006

back from south carolina

From Monday through Wednesday, I traveled to Greenville, SC to help my sponsor, Charter Communications, kick off a new sales initiative. Dubbed "Selling for Success"("S4S"), it's a program to improve their customers'experience by training their customer sales representatives to follow a carefully researched call-flow procedure -- or at least, that's what I got out of it. Charter flew call-center managers and other middle-management people to Greenville from regional offices all over the country to spend anywhere from a few days up to three weeks learning from an outside consultant group how to teach their CSRs the new procedure they'd devised.

My job? First of all, to address all the assembled managers, introducing myself and my relationship with the company as my sponsor and trying to draw parallels between what I do as a ski racer and what they do as a company: "Goal setting is important," "You have to be open to changing the way you do things," etc. People were generally pretty nice and forgiving of the fact that I don't have much public-speaking experience, and they listened to what I had to say and asked good questions even though what I was talking about seemed marginally relevant, at best.

Then I had to give a similar presentation six more times to groups of CSRs who work at the Charter call center there. This was a substantially tougher job. Imagine a 24-year-old upper-middle-class white kid in a wheelchair and an Oxford shirt talking to a room full of mostly working-class, mostly-African-American phone operators of varying ages about a sport whose existence they're barely aware of and trying to explain to them why they should try and make more money for the multi-million-dollar corporation they all work for. I got better at it with each talk, but to be honest I've never felt so much like the Man in all my life. I'm only trying to do what Charter asks me to as a way of saying thanks for funding my whole ski season, but the experience left such a bad taste in my mouth.

Swiss people, gender dynamics, and unhealthy aggression

The inexplicable murder of retired Swiss World Cup skiing champion Corinne Rey-Bellet by her estranged husband has raised some issues about gun control and the role of women in Swiss society.

Friday, May 05, 2006

gasket schmasket

My poor Montana! It has blown a gasket. Specifically, the head gasket. Apparently, this is a big deal and necessitates at least eleven hours of labor. They have to basically take the engine apart to replace the thing and then put it back together again. I will be happy when my van is all better again... until I get my VISA bill.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006


I just got back from Coachella and I'm too exhausted to write anything now, but all my photos and videos from the festival are online now.