U.S. Ski Team member Alice Merryweather discuses a wide range of topics in this hour-long interview. She shares her thoughts on ski academy life, mindfulness, what makes a healthy environment, and a telling video she made called "Boys, Food and Autograph Signings." Hosts Martin and Jeff wrap by sharing their "Thoughts of the Day".
Amelia Smart & Cassidy Gray
Both of the 2021 NCAA Women’s Alpine Champions are based out of Panorama, BC and both are members of Canadian National team. Amelia Smart and Cassidy Gray have certainly made their mark on the NCAA circuit. Gray started strong in her freshman season this year with University of Colorado Boulder’s Buffs by taking the NCAA title in GS, while Smart finished out her senior season at University of Denver by taking the NCAA title in the slalom to go along with her GS and slalom titles from 2018. Smart and Gray joined us on the Next Turn to talk through achieving balance between the NCAA race circuit, the World Cup circuit, and academics, as well as to laud the benefits of racing with and for a team at the college level. Both discuss their techniques for remaining present and focused on race day, as well as strategies for putting together two solid runs. Hosts Martin, Jeff, and Cara share their “Thoughts of the Day.”
Atle Lie McGrath
In this episode, Norwegian Alpine Ski Team member Atle Lie McGrath discusses his career trajectory to date, including his World Cup podium in GS at Alta Badia in 2020, the motivating nature of his lifelong friendship with teammate Lucas Braathen, the culture and support of the legendary “Attacking Vikings”, and finally how his choice of Alpine over Nordic came down to a massive cinnamon bun that any other reward proved difficult to rival. As always, the hosts share their “thoughts of the day.”
Brodie Seger, Jack Crawford, & Jeff Read
First came the Crazy Canucks, then the Canadian Cowboys--could this trio be next? Alpine Canada athletes Brodie Seger, Jeffery Read, and Jack Crawford joined us this week on The Next Turn to discuss the value of their team dynamic, how they are absorbing insight and experience with every World Cup start, and the role that their coach and former World champion Johnny Kucera plays in their development. The trio each takes a turn sharing his thoughts on the skiing of the other two, and they all enjoy more than a few laughs along the way. As always, hosts Martin, Cara and Jeff share their “Thoughts of the Day”.
In this episode, 1984 Gold Medalist Deb Armstrong talks openly about pathways for continued progress in the ski racing world to best support and retain female athletes, the lasting impact of the notorious "Lange Girl" ad campaign, as well as her post Olympic evolution into a leading instructor and coaching in the industry. As always, Hosts Martin, Jeff and Cara share their "Thoughts of the Day."
Canadian World Cup skier Erik Read’s alpine roots run deep; his brother Jeff is his teammate on the Canadian team, his mom Lynda is a former national team member, and their father is none other than the legendary “Crazy Canuck”, Ken Read. Erik shares his insights on FIS, the NCAA pathway, the difference between good skiing and fast skiing, and ponders what it will take to be a medal contender in the near future. As always, Martin, Jeff and Cara share their “Thoughts of the Day.”
2020 World Cup overall champion Federica Brignone joins The Next Turn for a candid conversation, where she addresses recent retirement rumours head on. The Italian alpine powerhouse discusses her performance throughout the last season, how Covid restrictions affected her, and what adjustments she plans to make for her own happiness and to continue her career on her own terms. Hosts Martin, Jeff, and Cara share their “Thoughts of the Day”.
Griffin Post, American Freeskier, X Games gold medallist, and Teton Gravity Research athlete, discusses how he built a career using both skiing and business acumen, what goes into the planning of a project and how his racing background prepared him and others for a life in the snow. Hosts share their “Thoughts of the Day.”
A die-hard, lifelong skier, US Ski Team Moguls athlete Hannah Soar talks about her pursuit of World Cup success and her deep Killington, Vermont roots, where she cultivated her passion for skiing bumps, forged ties with her “Bump Gang”, and now thrives as a role model for young girls following her tracks. Hosts Martin, Cara and Jeff share their “Thoughts of the Day”.
Ivica Kostelić and Jan Hudec
Olympic and World Cup legends, Ivica Kostelić and Jan Hudec, pull no punches while discussing the recent events at the Alpine World Championships in Italy, shed light on athlete concerns with regards to safety and fairness on the World Cup circuit, and provide ideas for solutions and improvement. This honest and forthright discussion is sure to raise some eyebrows and get people talking. Hosts Martin, Cara and Jeff share their “Thoughts of the Day.”
US Ski Team coach Jeff Lackie talks openly about what goes into being the coach of the greatest female ski racer of all time, Mikaela Shiffrin. Lackie shares insight into the methodology of planning and executing the race and training program for Shriffrin, along with his use of data to help provide guidance for the best possible options for her success. Additionally, he gives his take on what’s important for coaches and young athletes in the sport. Hosts Martin, Jeff and Cara share their “Thoughts of the Day.”
Marie-Michèle Gagnon and Travis Ganong
Canada’s Marie-Michèle Gagnon and America’s Travis Ganong are two of the best speed skiers in North America. They are also a long-standing couple, which presents truly unique advantages and perspectives on the World Cup. They joined us on The Next Turn, where they shared their views on measuring and preparing for success, discussed how they dial in their equipment as well as the process of absorbing information during each run, and talked through what they believe they need to do to continue their pursuit of better. As always, hosts Martin, Cara and Jeff share their “Thoughts of the Day”.
Swiss skier Michelle Gisin opens up about her family dynamics, the parallels between family and team, and how her mindfulness and her “heartfulness” have led to her biggest successes so far. Hosts Martin, Jeff and Cara share their insights and takeaways in “thoughts of the day”
Legendary Eurosport broadcaster, Nick Fellows brings an unmatched level of energy and enthusiasm to commentating to the World Cup that draws in both lifelong fans and new viewers alike. Fellows, a former ski racer for Great Britain, has earned both the trust and respect of the athletes, giving him first rights to inside info and insight into what makes them tick. He joined us on The Next Turn for a thoroughly entertaining talk about some of the biggest names and events in the sport, as well as his outlook on how FIS can best evolve to support the racers of today and the ever-growing fanbase of the sport. Hosts Martin, Cara and Jeff share their “Thoughts of the Day.”
Phil McNichol & Gar Trayner
Phil McNichol, former coach of Bode Miller, Ted Ligety, Daron Rahlves, now High Performance Director of Alpine Canada, and Olympian Gar Trayner, Director of Sport Education for US Ski and Snowboard, share their viewpoints in this engaging conversation on how to best support children through their progression in the ski racing world through their development into young adults. Hosts Martin, Jeff, and Cara share their “Thoughts of the Day”.
U.S. Ski Team member Ryan Cochran-Siegle talks through the impact of the recent neck fracture he sustained racing downhill in Kitzbühel on both his training and competition plans. Additionally, Cochran-Siegle shares how he relieves pressure on race days and works to stay present in the moment, the value of growing up on a small, family mountain, and how parents of ski racers can best support their children on and off the hill. As always, Martin, Cara and Jeff share their, “thoughts of the day.”
Sasha Rearick & Warren Jobbitt
Warren Jobbitt and Sasha Rearick are two of the most influential leaders in skiing throughout North America in the last two decades. Jobbitt as a long term member and Head Coach of the Canadian Interski team, and Rearick as the Head Coach of the Men’s US Ski team. They joined us this week and both shared their beliefs, experiences and philosophies on what good skiing and teaching means, what the best instructors and coaches have in common, as well as where the differences lie. You might just be surprised with the conversation. As always, Martin, Jeff and Cara share their “Thoughts of the Day”.
It is safe to say that for many of us, our love of skiing was fostered by small hills in small communities. That upbringing often results in a lifelong commitment to skiing that’s passed down to future generations. In this episode, we talk to three people who give their lives and energy to making sure these small hills survive and that our sport continues to thrive. Jason Gerry of Loch Lomond in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Scott McGrew of Rotarun in Hailey, Idaho and Katherine Seleski of Pass Powderkeg, in Crowsnest Pass, Alberta share stories and philosophies about their mission, which is to save the sport for generations to come. Hosts Martin, Cara and Jeff share their “Thoughts of the Day.”
Thoughts of the Day
As the first season of The Next Turn comes to close, we thought it would be fitting to highlight the insights of some of the loyal listeners of our podcast. They are coaches, parents and fans who have joined our “pursuit of better” from episode to episode. Now it is their turn to share their own “Thoughts of the Day” with all of us so we can learn from them as they discuss guests, subjects and themes that inspired them to listen and think a little differently about the sport we all care for deeply. And yes, as always, Martin, Jeff and Cara share their “Thoughts of the Day” too.