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Canadian Dustin Cooks grabs first podium at WC Championships

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Big shout out to Dustin Cook, a local boy, who scored his first WC podium with a second place in the SG yesterday at the Vail World Championships. Dustin, a former Nor-AM GS and Overall Cahmpion,  has been progressing on the Canadian team and is having his best season ever in WC with a couple of top 15 finishes and now a podium showing.

 

http://www.thestar.com/sports/amateur/2015/02/05/canadas-dustin-cook-wins-silver-in-super-g-at-world-ski-championships.html

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Super result In an otherwise disappointing men's season thus far.
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Super result In an otherwise disappointing men's season thus far.

 

 

The Vancouver Sun published a rather pointed article about this year's results. Seeing some of the state of the up and coming in the so-called "feeder-system" it really seems like Alpine Canada and some of the provincial ski federations are in a bit of a shambles as it searches for its identity in terms of where to place its efforts and it doesn't look like there is a clear direction or strategy to consistently put contenders on snow year after year like the perennial Euro teams.

 

http://www.vancouversun.com/touch/story.html?id=10779059

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Seeing some of the state of the up and coming in the so-called "feeder-system" it really seems like Alpine Canada and some of the provincial ski federations are in a bit of a shambles as it searches for its identity in terms of where to place its efforts and it doesn't look like there is a clear direction or strategy to consistently put contenders on snow year after year like the perennial Euro teams.

 

That's an interesting perspective. Alpine Canada has recently merged with the Canadian Ski Coaches Federation. My understanding is that by merging, the two organizations will help each other in development,. I also gathered that Alpine Canada will have better access to up-and-coming skiers. Perhaps Razie has a clearer understanding of the impacts? 

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Certainly speed events are an issue. There are very few opportunities to train/ski speed in the eastern half of the country. Mount Ste Anne and Massif both lost their speed homologation, there's none in Ontario. The only 2 speed races (SG) my son gets to race this season were Quebec events and were held in Lake Placid (Whiteface). That and Alpine Canada's edict that no DH under the age of 18 coupled with the attrition rate at that age means it is tough to generate a feeder system.

 

FIS level racing is plain out expensive (money and time) so attracting and retaining athletes where the development opportunities are few and far between is challenging. The provincial teams and development teams are small, Ontario is in the order of 6-8 men and the women's team at least at some point, exists only administratively only so the few "named" athletes can still compete at Nor-Am level events. The Ontario "development" team is only 2 or 3 guys and no women's dev.  Realistically only four provinces can field teams (BC,  Alberta, Ont, Que) so that would make a total 40ísh men and probably 30ish women in the entire country in the system and small percentage of them could make it to the WC level, and then there's the number of national dev and team spots are only a couple each year because the turnover is low.

 

Not much a feeder system.


Edited by ZeroGravity - 2/7/15 at 1:03pm
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But huge success in freestyle skiing. Whatever happened Own the Podium?
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Canada Alpine rolling...Olympic Medal in Sochi (first in 20 years) and now this.
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As an indicator, if you caught the Dragon's Den (Canadian version of Shark's Tank) a couple of weeks ago, the Canadian Freestyle team, after dominating in Sochi, was seriously questionable as to whether they had enough money to complete the rest of the freestyle WC season.

 

And as another indicator, the Dragon's were all so filled with pride and moved with patriotism by their performance and then in the same breathe said sorry, they couldn't put up any sponsorship money but jumped right in to get their selfie with the team. The only one with who put their money where their mouth was Michael Wekerle (Difference Capital) anted up the whole $2M over 4 year deal on his own.

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The unfortunate sad state of our sports development program... outside of hockey (& I am guessing) is there any funds to support athletes in any discipline?

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Wild guesses but I would by virtue of sheer numbers, soccer is probably pretty good, and also curling seems to be able to draw in some major sponsors. I can only imagine what financial state less popular sports are in like skeleton or luge.

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