Despite the relative unpopularity of winter sports in Australia, few have thrust themselves into our lounge-rooms like the Freestyle Aerial event. Former World and Olympic Champion Kirsty Marshall (OAM) led the way in the 90’s, followed closely by Alisa Camplin (OAM) (remember the ‘Wrigley Extra’ commercials) and Lydia Lassila, also Olympic champions, and more recently, David Morris who won silver in Sochi in 2014. Could the next champion be a born-and-bred Perth local? Continue reading Jayden Cooney: Reaching for the Stars
This interview represents the first in what we hope will be a series of regular ’15 minute’ interviews, delving deep into the minds of the snow-industry professionals, snowsports heroes (old and new) and well….just a good bunch of interesting people, all of whom have cut their lives in and around the mountains. The interviews will hopefully inspire you, may surprise you AND if we’ve done our job properly, could make you quit your job and move to the mountains permanently……you can thank us if that happens.
In skiing-circles, our first guest needs no introduction. Steven Lee was practically born with skis on his feet, and was a prodigious talent from a young age. Introduced to the sport at age three in the Victorian resort of Falls Creek, he rose through the ranks quickly, impressing at a National level as a teenager, before being selected at age 22 for the Sarajevo Olympics, in 1984. Steve went on to ski in three Olympics, Sarajevo, Calgary and Albertville, and was a main-stay in the World Cup circuit until 1992, picking up a gold medal in the Furano Super Giant Slalom along the way. To his CV, he can also add sports commentator (for channels 7, 9 and 10), co-founder of Chill Factor magazine, and more than 10 years as national selector and president of Falls Creek Race Club. He has also done skiing stunt-work in skiing adventure films starring Roger Moore and Jackie Chan.
When we caught up with Steve, he was nestling back into life in his home of Falls Creek, having just returned from Hakuba, Japan, where he spends his summers running Hakuba Powder Detours. The winter had once gain started slowly, but Steve was optimistic that at least mother nature was trying……