Cornelia Hütter and the Need for Speed

My newest article with skiracing.com is published.

Cornelia Huetter’s injury came at a most inopportune time, as injuries often do. It was January 4th, 2017 when the rising Austrian speed star  tore her right ACL during a super-G training session in Saalbach, Austria. The 25-year-old’s injury was compounded by damage to both the medial and lateral meniscus in her right knee, and all of the momentum created by a standout 2015-16 campaign, in which she finished fifth in the overall World Cup downhill standings, was halted.

This season, impressively, she has returned to the World Cup circuit with a vengeance. Huetter took a victory in her first race back, winning the downhill in Lake Louise, Canada, in December. Proving the win was no fluke, she finished fourth the next day to tell the World Cup that she was back in a big way.

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Battle in Snowbasin at the Utah Invitational

My second article about the RMISA college season is published with skiracing.com.

Last week, the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association (RMISA) met for the second race series of the Western NCAA season in Snowbasin, Utah, for the Utah Invitational, competing in one giant slalom and one slalom for women and men over the course of three days.

The kickoff to the series was the women’s giant slalom on Thursday, which ended up being dominated by the University of Denver as they went first, second, and fourth for university skiers. Head coach, Andy LeRoy, was happy about the result but also quite self-assured about his women’s team.

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Felix Neureuther Talks Children’s Books, Fatherhood, And The Olympics

My first article with skiracing.com is published.

It’s been a busy few weeks for Germany’s Felix Neureuther. Between his preparations for the upcoming World Cup season, the Garmisch-Partenkirchen native managed to find time to publish his own children’s book as well as become a father to a baby girl.

The book, titled “Auf die Piste – Fertig – Los! (On the Slope – Ready – Go!)” is aimed at encouraging children to lead an active lifestyle. For this project, Neureuther was supported by German soccer World Champion Bastian Schweinsteiger, who currently plays for the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer (MLS) and is one of Neureuther’s closest friends since childhood.

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“We are not Borat!”

Title image: Borat (film character), a man of controversial. Taken by Michael Bulcik / SKS Soft GmbH Düsseldorf.

Everyone knows about stereotypes and clichés. We know about them in regards to gender, races or nations to just mention a few example topics. Often we are not even aware of the fact that we are trapped by them in our routine and probably even worse once we travel. This effect is increases if it is a country or nation one does not know a lot about.

Being faced with stereotypes and the common assumptions they include can be an offensive experience for the person being categorized. We create in our lives categories to maneuver more easily through all the information and stimuli that we face every day. Although it can be helpful to work with stereotypes, we often forget too easily how it feels to be the judged person.

Akbota Tasmagambetova, a student from Kazakhstan knows this feeling well “I am not Borat” she says referring to the controversial 2006 film that featured Sacha Baron Cohen. Tasmagambetova’s friend Kamilya Kanat, from the International College of Language in Almaty, agrees with her “Yes, we are not Borat!” The two students are upsetby this stereotyped version of their country and culture.

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About the Struggles of Foreigners in the U.S. Health Care System

Health care including insurance and Obamacare have generated an enormous debate during the past several years in the U.S., but international students provide a perspective that is often missing in the discussion. In order to understand the cultural perspective, interviews were done with three international students from China and Germany.

Xiaoyi Zhu, a University of Denver (DU) grad student who is writing her thesis, says she was not aware of how expensive health care really is in the U.S. As any international student, Zhu attended the international student orientation week at DU. Zhu remembers the health care system, therefore, the insurance need was addressed. She also says “I was just overwhelmed during this event; so many people with different important topics talked to us, I just missed completely the significance of getting health insurance.” She added that she would have liked to see follow-up guidance on this topic, but it is just a onetime announcement during student orientation.

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