By Troy Hawks, www.troyhawks.net
Mark Urich has his sights set far down the fall line. While hype for Sochi 2014 is nearing a fevered pitch, Urich is aiming for Korea 2018. It was just three years ago that the Denver native put on his first ski and he’s been pursuing an adaptive ski racing career ever since.
Only a few months into the sport, Urich placed ninth in the 2011 U.S. Adaptive Alpine Championships at Alyeska, Alaska. Last season he took fourth in both the downhill and Super G at the U.S. Adaptive Alpine Nationals in Aspen, and in early December, Urich finished 15th at the prominent IPC Alpine Skiing NorAm Cup held at Copper. The strong finish on a world stage of adaptive ski racing left the 28-year-old Urich with newfound inspiration.
“The best in the world was there, so it was awesome to see that, it’s really got me stoked,” he says. (continue reading…)
Well this is the coolest thing ever.
A drone helicopter at Loveland Ski Area filmed footage of national teams training in preparation for the Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Check out the amazing footage from just a few feet above the race course.
The agility, grace, and raw athleticism of elite ski racers is even more evident when you can follow them all the way down the mountain in a single shot. Cloudgate Aerial Cinematography from Greeley, Colorado provided this cutting edge footage.