Youth sports might not seem as dangerous as professional sports, but there are still physical risks involved.
Safety precautions should be taken in every sport, and at Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive™ we encourage coaches and parents to educate themselves on where to find information on preventing and identifying head injuries, especially concussions.
After finishing 27th overall in men's downhill at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Steve Nyman has been training harder than ever this past summer. "I realized last winter that I needed better endurance in races so that has been a huge part of my summer training. I learned a lot this summer from training 5-6 days per week and constantly monitoring my body," says Steve. With Sochi behind him, Steve is looking to make a push for the 2014-2015 world cup downhill title.
Name: Steven Nyman
How/when did you decide you wanted to compete: Around 12 years old I decided I wanted to become an Olympian.
Biggest accomplishment in your career so far: Two-time World Cup Winner - Val Gardena, Italy 2006, 2012
PARK CITY, UT (Sept. 24) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association has streamlined its national alpine development program leadership to provide greater service to athletes in its clubs and regional programs. USSA Alpine Director has named longtime alpine administrator and development leader Michelle Demschar to oversee the structure as alpine domestic program director. Eric Harlow will continue to oversee USSA Eastern regional programs and has been promoted to USSA Eastern Region development director. Lester Keller will now oversee both USSA Western and USSA Rocky/Central regions as USSA Western/Rocky Central Regions development director. Coaches and managers in each region will report to their respective regional director.
When watching your child play sports, it’s natural to get excited. But it’s also important to make sure you always act as a Positive Sport Parent – on game day and beyond.
Being a Positive Sport Parent means not only keeping your emotions in check on game day, but also always remaining supportive and respectful of your youth athlete – as well as all the other kids and coaches involved in the competition. It’s also vital to remember that as a parent, you have the power to help shape your youth athlete’s attitude about sports.
There hasn’t been much that could be categorized as “normal” at the first summer on-snow camps for the U.S. men’s alpine team. Much work has gone down at new sites, notably a small family-run ski area called Ohau, which drew high praise from head coach Sasha Rearick for catering to every need of the team.
“Mike and Louise were terrific,” said Rearick, referring to Mike and Louise Neilson, the husband/wife owners of the Ohau Snow Fields and Lake Ohau Lodge.
Ohau is a unique ski area even for New Zealand. It is remote and it is the smallest commercial ski area in the country, according to Mike Neilson. “We have good snow. We lay in the south island MacKenzie Basin, a particularly dry area. Several years ago (2008) we made the decision to develop snowmaking, targeting – in our minds – race training groups. We didn’t chase teams in the first years but continued to develop so we would be suitable. Three years ago Sasha came by on a scouting trip and checked it out.”
You were sick the last time you raced on Birds of Prey and finished just off the podium in fourth. What is it about racing on home snow that brings out great performances? The best part about racing in the U.S. is being in a comfortable environment. The crowd there is always incredible too and that helps get you amped up to go fast.
Describe the Birds of Prey track as it relates to some of the other classic venues? We haven't raced slalom at BOP besides a makeup race a few years ago so it's hard to compare it to other venues. It's probably most similar to Zagreb in difficulty. But it's not very hard after the first few gates, which means you have to attack the whole way.