Sunday, January 31, 2010

ski like a girl wants you to support the One Winter, Five Dreams Athletes

Stay in touch with all of your favorite Panasonic One Winter, Five Dreams featured athletes






They may not be the star athletes of the Olympics  but each one of them has an amazing story to tell.  They all share in the passion of the Olympic games. This passion makes it possible for each of  them to keep on going, keeping their dreams alive, no matter what sort of challenges they face.

 
 
Clyde Getty
Argentina, Men's Freestyle Skiing
 



 





Kazuhiro Koshi
Japan, Men's Skeleton
 




 Ethiopia, Men's Cross-Country Skiing

 






 
Tugba Karademir
 Turkey Ladies Figure Skating









Katharine Eustace
 New Zealand, Women's Skeleton





    Read their blogs, follow them on twitter, and become fans on each of their facebook fan pages!  ski like a girl has.  Follow the journey of these great athletes as they prepare for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics

    xoxo,
    ski girl

    p.s.  Please post messages for the athletes in the comments and I will make sure and pass them on.

    Saturday, January 30, 2010

    ski like a girl: Skeleton the best way to catch 5 Gs at the Olympics



    Just wanted you to have a chance to view Skeleton from the slider's perspective.  Get a feel for what Katharine Eustace and Kazuhiro Koshi experience.





    Slide head first
    at up to 90 mph
    on a curvy track of ice

    with no brakes
    or steering
    experiencing five Gs of force
    the equivalent of a space shuttle take off
    Skeleton, catch it if you can.

    Have a new respect for the sport?  Become a facebook fan of Japan's Kazuhiro Koshi and New Zealand's Katharine Eustace, two of the One Winter, Five Dreams featured athletes. ski like a girl is!
    xoxo,
    ski girl
    p.s.  Kazuhiro Koshi is the oldest member of the Japanese Winter Olympic team.  Cheer him on as he prepares for the Games in Vancouver.  Leave a message for him in the comments and I'll make sure he gets it.

    ski like a girl: share the passion with Olympic figure skater, Tugba Karademir

    Robel Teklemariam isn't the only one of the Panasonic's One Winter, Five Dreams athletes to have carried his country's flag in a Winter Olympic Opening Ceremony Parade of Athletes.  


    In 2006 in Torino, fellow featured athlete, Tugba Karademir was also the flag-bearer for Turkey in the Winter Olympics.  She was called a natural choice, given her outgoing nature. In an article Article from her home town newspaper, Tugba is described as having a very bubbly personality. Perfect for the honor of representing her country in the opening ceremony.  In 2006 Tugba became the first Turkish figure skater to compete at the Olympic Winter Games.  Finishing in 21st place overall.


    Carrying your nation's flag at an Olympic opening ceremony is considered one of sport's greatest honors.  The highlight of an athletic career. In her Panasonic One Winter, Five Dreams blog, Tugba writes about her experience at the Opening Ceremony.

    "I had the honor of being the flag bearer for my country last time and I sincerely hope I will be granted to that honor again. Even thinking about the whole thing is so exciting, it puts tears of joy in my eyes and gives me goose bumps everyday since end of World Championships."





    The Opening Ceremonies are scheduled for Feb. 12.  Who will be carrying the flag for Turkey?

    2010 wil be the first time for a Winter Games opening ceremony to be staged indoors.  The Vancouver Winter Games will be the third time that Canada has hosted Olympics, the 1976 Montreal Summer Games and the Calgary Winter Games in 1988.

    Join ski like a girl and support Tuba's dream.  Follow Tugba's journey as she prepares for her second bid at an Olympic Gold.

    • Leave messages of support and encouragement at her One Winter, Five Dreams blog

    xoxo,
    ski girl
    p.s.  Only a few hours left to enter the Gold Blogger contest.  Win a trip to the Games and share in the passion of the Olympics with Tugba and the other One Winter Five Dreams featured athletes!

    Friday, January 29, 2010

    ski like a girl: Flying high with Clyde Getty

     Daffy's Rule!
    Wow!  I'm so excited!  Really excited!  Really, really excited!
    I'm sure most of you realize I'm making much more out of this back and forth between me and Clyde than is really warranted.  But let me live in my delusion. It's my happy place. Read down to the last post from Clyde and you will see why I'm so giddy.

    From the comments on Clyde Getty's One Winter, Five Dreams blog.

    Daffy's do Rule! I have an "old school" skiing book "Freestyle Skiing, the fundamentals" written in 1976. I'm working through the book trying to learn the ski ballet stuff. I used to dance so some of it works but sliding down a hill changes everything. I love it! I need a coach, learning movement from a book is challenging at times. Of course I love the helmet cam video. It's great to see what you see! Thanks again for the awesome posts and the replys!
    Posted by leilani aka ski girl 


    I don't usually like to age myself but this next post is key to my story, so I'll let it out. 
    As another one of the over 40 crowd, I second, Ron's comment. You are an inspiration! I want to go to one of the 3 day summer camps at Utah Olympic Park this summer and learn to jump. I suppose I should be signing my 10 year old up for it but I want to do it! You're my hero. I love all the great posts. It's exciting follow your journey. Best wishes to you.
    Posted by leilani aka ski girl

     

    Utah Olympic Park

    Leilani-
    What can I say. Geeeeeze. Thank you! I am looking forward to seeing you jump at the Utah Olympic Park. I will be happy to help you (and your 10 year old) get off those ramps. You rock AND Rule! :-{)
    Posted by Author Profile Page Clyde Getty replied to leilani aka ski girl


    The ramps! (There is a much smaller one that's not in this picture.)

    This is the part I'm so excited about!  Do you think he means it?  Will Clyde Getty actually help me and my little ski princess learn to jump?  That's so awesome!


    Watch this video from the Flying Ace show at the Utah Olympic Park on July 4th.  Clyde thinks he was there.  I think so to. I do remember the announcer introducing a skier from Argentina. Help me figure out which one of  the aerialists is Clyde.  Clyde if you read this, which ramp were you on?




    xoxo,
    ski girl
    p.s. Support Clyde Getty and the other One Winter, Five Dreams athletes by posting your messages of encouragement on their blogs. ski like a girl is counting down the days til the games. 13 to go! And tomorrow is the last day left to win a trip to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Enter Panasonic's Gold Blogger contest. Share in the passion and excitement of the Olympics. Remember Gold Blogger applications must be submitted by January 31st, 2010 24:00 (JST) (Which, I think is 7 am (PST) on the 30th.)  I'm still working on making my gold blogger dreams come true. Encourage these amazing athletes as they their pursue their dreams and cheer them to victory. Let’s share their passion!

    ski like a girl: share the passion with Robel Teklemariam

    Watch video of Cross Country Skier, Robel Teklemariam carrying the flag for Ethiopia in the Parade of Athletes at the Turino 2006 Winter Olympics.  As the solo member of the Ethiopian Ski Team, will Robel be carrying the flag again in Vancouver?  Robel didn't just make the Ethiopian Olympic team he created.



    From an Interview with Club Med Insider: "In 2006, you were chosen to carry the Ethiopian flag in the opening ceremonies; tell us what that experience was like for you. "
    "Honestly it was surreal. It took me several months before it hit me. There is no greater honor in sports."



    Robel's Ethiopian team isn't the first to represent Africa in the Winter Olympics. South Africa first sent a group of figure skaters in 1960. Senegal made its first appearance in the Winter Olympics in 1984 and Kenya did so in 1998. Algeria premiered its first Winter Olympic Team in 2006 with a cross country skier and downhill skier.  Along with Ethiopia's debut at Torino in 2006.

    Join in Robel's Olympic journey by following his blog at Panasonic's One Winter, Five Dreamsski like a girl will be sharing in the passion and excitement as the countdown to the Olympic Games continues.  Only 14 days until the Opening Ceremony and we can once again cheer on Robel as he inspires the world.

    xoxo,
    ski girl


    ski like a girl: sharing the love with the One Winter, Five Dreams Athletes



    My little ski princess has been following my bloggin' activities with as much interest as you'd expect from a 10 year old. Uh, not a lot.

    Most of it has been, "Mom, are you still writing cuz I need my laptop to check on my FarmVille". "And the ever popular "Are you done yet?" And my favorite "You said 5 minutes and it's been like 20".

    (Yes, she has a laptop and I don't! And yes, I have to "borrow" it to write blog posts. That's the kind of quality parenting going on around here.)

    So I was very surprised and a little touched when she came up with the idea of asking her friends at school to write messages to the Panasonic One Winter, Five Dreams athletes. She can be a sweet kid! (When she wants to be.)

    From some of the 4th and 5th graders at Forest Park Elementary.

    Good Luck! YOU CAN DO IT! -Morgan
    -good luck! make sure you do your best and go for it! -Madison :)
    Good luck! I know you'll do awesomely! Sarah
    I hope you guys get into the Olympics. :) Jessica
    Good Luck! Siena
    I hope you guys get into the Winter Olympics !!! Zoe
    U CAN DO IT! Emma
    hi -Anna
    Good luck! Hope you guys get in! Daae
    I hope you do good! -Lizzie
    Hi I hope you make it, Ava
    You guys will do amazing. Emily
    You guys go! Tyler
    You Rock! -Nina

    From the mouths of babes, right? So Clyde, Robel, Tugba, Kazuhiro, and Katharine: YOU ROCK!

    xoxo,
    ski girl

    p.s. Hopefully I will be in Vancouver to share more of the love. Only 1 day left to enter Panasonic's One Winter, Five Dreams Gold Blogger contest. ski like a girl has entered! Share in the passion and excitement of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games!

    ski like a girl and the secret of the U.S. Ski Team Uniform




    This may or may not be what the US Ski Team is wearing for the Closing Ceremony at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Unlike the U.S Snowboarding team who has been very open about their Burton team uniform, the ski team has been pretty hush, hush. So Shhhh! Don't tell anyone that you got this from me.







    The Facts:
    We do know that the U.S. athletes will once again be sporting red, white and blue and a polo pony. Given that those are our countries national flag colors and Ralph Lauren's propensity for the polo pony I'd say that is pretty obvious! Ralph Lauren designed the U.S. uniforms for the Beijing Olympics in 2008, and now he's at it again for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.


    About Ralph Lauren:

    "What began forty years ago with a collection of ties has grown into an entire world, redefining American style. Ralph Lauren has always stood for providing quality products, creating worlds and inviting people to take part in our dream. We were the innovators of lifestyle advertisements that tell a story and the first to create stores that encourage customers to participate in that lifestyle."

    Wait this is seeming more official:

    I found a clip of the Closing Ceremony uniform being unveiled on NBC's Today Show.

    For the Closing Ceremony the athletes will be wearing a red and blue cardigan with USA on the back and the Team USA logo on the front, a classic American newsboy cap with modern flair, a plaid shirt for men, and navy turtleneck for the ladies and alpine boots that will stand up to any type of weather with the Team USA logo on the side.




    Make sure and enter your email address at the bottom of the Ralph Lauren page to be the first to find out what the Opening Ceremony Uniform will be. Of course, ski like a girl registered so check back here and I'll let you know.

    xoxo,
    ski girl

    Thursday, January 28, 2010

    ski like a girl: Look it's my mountain!


    Lindsey Jacobellis - Team Visa Athlete



    Click here to view a video of Lindsey on Mt. Hood.

    Get closer to women's snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis as she trains for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Mount Hood, OR. Learn more at visa.com/goworld.



    I love this video! It's my mountain, Mt.Hood. Isn't it beautiful? And yes it's a glacier so we still ski in the summer!
    Just wanted to share.
    xoxo,
    ski girl
    p.s. I'm not advocating acquiring credit card debt in any way. ski like a girl recommends paying off your balance every month. But use your Visa card between now and 2/28/10. You'll be automatically entered to win a trip to the Winter Olympics for life! How awesome is that?!

    ski like a girl & 10 reasons to become a fan of Katharine Eustace

    A fellow blogger, The Olympic Dream, has been writing these great posts about the Panasonic One Winter, Five Dreams featured athletes.

    I'm expecting he'll have one out soon for Tugba Karademir, the Figure skater from Turkey who is also heading to the games. But there is one athlete from the Panasonic's One Winter, Five Dreams project that won't be competing in the Olympics this year. And her story is far from over.
    I have to admit before I got involved in this project I didn't really know what Skeleton racing was but now I have a whole new respect for the athletes and the sport. And late last night when I found myself glued to the TV watching the recent Men's Skeleton World Cup from Austria, I knew I was hooked.


    Ten reasons you should become a Katharine Eustace fan on facebook





    10. She is an amazing athlete and should have more fans!

    9. She trains hard.

    8. She needs some ideas for dinner.





    7. She's gracious and humble.




    6. She flies down an icy track at crazy speeds reaching 70 miles an hour


    5. Face first...


    4. With no brakes!


    3. She makes sparks!




    2. Her story isn't over yet!

    And the number ONE reason you should become Katharine Eustace's fan on facebook is


    1. She is already thinking about Sochi in 2014! She'll have 4 more years of experience. And with Kazuhiro Koshi and Clyde Getty as examples she won't be getting older, she'll be getting better!


    Share your love and support with all of Panasonic's One Winter, Five Dreams athletes. Read their blogs and follow their journey's to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games. ski like a girl will be, join me!

    xoxo,
    ski girl

    ski like a girl: Ethiopian Olympian, Robel Teklemariam is skiing for the world


    The goal of Panasonic's One Winter, Five Dreams project is to bring a group of lesser known Olympic hopefuls together with bloggers around the world. The goal of the bloggers is to draw attention to each of the athletes. To support them and cheer them on as they work towards achieving their Olympic dreams. To open the world's eyes and hearts to their struggles, hardships, and ultimate success' of each these athletes.

    Robel Telkelmariam may have started out as on unknown but he is far from unknown now. He may be considered a one man show. The sole member of the Ethiopian Ski Team but he is far from alone. Thanks to Panasonic's One Winter, Five Dreams project Robel has the support of world behind him now.



    How it all began:

    Robel moved to New York City from Ethiopia at age 8. When he is 12 his mother is transferred to North Korea and Robel in enrolled in a boarding school in upstate New York. It is here near Lake Placid, that he is introduced to a new sport. One of the graduation requirements was that everyone had to learn how to ski. Robel was intrigued by skiing from the start. His coach says, " He just dived into it fully and spent really every waking moment that he could skiing." Robel continues to ski, earning a scholarship to the University of New Hampshire. He knew he was capable of competing at an Olympic level but his country had no winter Olympics committee, no ski team. After a 3 year effort Robel successfully establishes a Skiing Federation in Ethiopia.

    Check out this New York Times video interview before 2006 Olympics.

    Is he going for the Gold?

    Robel's not in it for the medal but to show that anything is possible. He is skiing for the future of his country. Robel says it's,"for that one kid that is possibly going to see him skiing for Ethiopia and get inspired. Maybe that's the kid that will bring back the medal for Ethiopia."

    Robel doesn't want to be the last Ethiopian to compete in the Winter Olympics. He hopes that there will be more and more Ethiopians competing for the gold. Robel has opened the door for other Ethiopians interested in skiing.

    "Endurance sports are what Ethiopians are good at we are born and raised at high altitude. I think if you get an Ethiopian that starts cross country ski racing when he's young, you know maybe 8, 9 years old I really don't see any reason why they cannot be winning medals."


    How can you help?

    Go to Robel's blog at One Winter, Five Dreams take a few moments to read through the comments. You will find, like I have that Robel isn't just skiing to inspire that kid back in Ethiopia, he is skiing for the world. He has supporters from Canada, United States, New Zealand, and Sweden. If you check his facebook fan page you will find more of his international appeal.

    Robel says.

    "Thank you all so much for your support. I guess I am not just skiing just for Ethiopia anymore. I will have to be skiing for all of you as well. You best wishes drive me even harder in my trainings so I can get a better result at the Games."

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    His fans include family member, former ski student, soccer buddies, and people from around the world who are inspired by his story. His dedication to his sport, and his country has lead to a world wide base of fans that are following his story all the way to Vancouver. Please join in and support Robel as he makes his Olympic dreams come true. Follow his blog, become a facebook fan, and share your messages of support and encouragement.

    Remember Robel is skiing for the world! Join ski like a girl in cheering him on as he creates history.

    xoxo,

    ski girl

    p.s.It's not too late to win a trip to the Olympics. Only 3 days left to enter. Panasonic's One Winter, Five Dreams Gold Blogger contest. ski like a girl has entered! Share in the passion and excitement of the 2010 Winter games!

    Posted via web from ski like a girl's posterous

    Tuesday, January 26, 2010

    ski like a girl's One Winter, Five Dreams Squidoo Lens

    One Winter, Five Dreams Squidoo Lens!





    Just for your convenience I've put all the cool stuff about the Panasonic's One Winter, Five Dreams featured athletes in one place. It's one stop shopping. Videos, photos, blogs, and much more.... find it all at ski like a girl's Squidoo Lens dedicated to One Winter, Five Dreams.

    Quick: What's Squidoo?


    Squidoo is the popular publishing platform and community that makes it easy for you to create "lenses" online. Lenses are pages, kind of like flyers or signposts or overview articles, that gather everything you know about your topic of interest--and snap it all into focus.

    Check it out and let me know what you think! One Winter, Five Dreams Squidoo. Use it to share your messages of support with the athletes as they make their final preparations for the Olympic Games

    xoxo, ski girl

    ski like a girl: Kazuhiro Koshi is going for the Gold!


    "I'm in it to win it," Kazuhiro Koshi told Japanese reporters after returning from a World Cup event in Europe. "All I am thinking of is the gold medal." One Winter, Five Dreams featured Skeleton athlete, Kazuhiro Koshi has qualified as the oldest member on the Japanese Winter Olympics team.

    Koshi has this to say about age and athletics; "

    I want the young ones to be more aggressive and much more hungry. I want them to challenge me more. Age has no relevance. It's one contender against the others. As a contender I need to feel that way. If I didn't I shouldn't even compete. If I'm not challenging myself for a medal I would betray my supporters and the media. Of course, only the gold."

    Koshi is back in Japan from his overseas competitions. He arrived home the same day he qualified for the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games. What a wonderful homecoming for him!

    "My goal is to earn a gold medal. But that's not all.
    I also want to show my professional attitude and to not to give up until the end.
    I hope, that if anything else, I can set an example for those who follow me and encourage them to follow their dreams.
    I appreciate your support."

    In 1999, Koshi became the first athlete from Japan to win at the Nagano World Cup. He also competed in the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympic Games finishing 8th and 11th in the 2006 Torino Winter Olympic Games. For more about Koshi's Skeleton record click here.

    Follow his story as at age 45, he once again is heading to the Olympics! With athletes from age 15 to 45, the Japanese team is multi-generational. Click here to read full article.

    "Koshi said walking out at next month's opening ceremony alongside 15-year-old speed skater Miho Takagi, Japan's youngest competitor in Vancouver, would feel strange.



    “It will be a bit like going out there with my 13-year-old daughter,” he said. “But I'll show you all what an old man can do — you wait!”

    ski like a girl can't wait to see what Koshi can do!

    xoxo,

    ski girl

    p.s. Check out Koshi's new facebook fan page. Become a fan and support his Olympic dream! 36 fans so far and growing. Spread the word and become a fan.

    p.p.s.It's not too late to win a trip to the Olympics. Only 5 days left to enter. Panasonic's One Winter, Five Dreams Gold Blogger contest. ski like a girl has entered! Share in the passion and excitement of the 2010 Winter games!

    Posted via web from ski like a girl's posterous

    Monday, January 25, 2010

    ski like a girl & flying from Clyde Getty's perspective

    Flying from Clyde's perspective.

    Clyde Getty, wearing a water proof helmet camera, performs a Lay-Lay (double back flip layed out) in the 2010 Lake Placid World Cup Freestyle Men's Aerials competition, 1/22/10. Clyde finished in 35th overall. Click here for full results.

    Here is Clyde's Coach John's view of his Lay-Lay-Lay (triple layout back flip) in the 2010 Deer Valley World Cup, 1/15/10. Clyde came in 35th overall. Click here for full results.


    Clyde said the, "triples were easy, fun, and HUGE."

    Here's a little back and forth between me and Clyde. You know how much I love this stuff!

    From Clyde's blog post: Triple today...competion tomorrow.

    Sweet, triples!!!!! I'm so excited for you. Stay focused and keep your mind clear. You can do it. You have all the skills and experience necessary for success. Best of luck in your competition tomorrow.

    Posted by leilani aka ski girl at Jan 18, 2010 1:02 AM

    Leilani-
    Yes triple. No problem. Deer Valley was great despite my cold. As I said to Jeffrey, I would like to think that it did not affect me. Maybe it did, but I don't think so. I competed with triple Layout...and that was the first time I did it in competition ever. It may be the first time it was EVER done in competition by anyone. That would be sweeeeet. I have video of it, and I will put it on here as soon as I can. Thanks again for your great support. Abrazos :-{)

    Posted by Author Profile Page Clyde Getty replied to leilani aka ski girl at Jan 22, 2010 3:02 AM

    And a little more from Clyde's post "How was Calgery?"

    Love the detail you go into between the double and the triple. The math is beyond me but what you do is very impressive. Were you in Park City in July? I saw the Flying Ace performance over the 4th so I have some idea of what your summer training entails. I also ran up the hill to the Utah Olympic Park as part of my training. I've been posting info on you and the other 4 One Winter, Five Dreams athletes on my blog www.ski-like-a-girl.blogspot.com Keep up the great work! Looking forward to reading about Deer Valley. Best Wishes.

    Posted by leilani at Jan 12, 2010 1:13 AM

    Leilani-
    Yes, I was in the Flying Ace shows, probably even the one on July 4th. You must definitely be in great shape if you can run up the Olympic Park hill. I would dread that. Maybe next you'll be jumping and going off "Mongo"!

    But, yet another adventure comes in Deer Valley! Thank you for your enthusiastic support. :-{)

    Posted by Author Profile Page Clyde Getty replied to leilani at Jan 22, 2010 2:40 AM

    Hmmm, I have video of that Flying Aces show from the 4th. I need to go back and check it out.


    Clyde Getty is one of Panasonic's One Winter, Five Dreams featured athletes. Learn more about Clyde's journey to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics by reading his blog. Share your messages of support with Clyde and the other athletes as they make their way to the games.

    xoxo,

    ski girl

    p.s. Only 6 days left to win a trip to the Olympics! Enter Panasonic's One Winter, Five Dreams Gold Blogger contest. ski like a girl has entered! Share in the passion and excitement of the 2010 Winter games!

    Posted via web from ski like a girl's posterous

    Sunday, January 24, 2010

    ski like a girl wants to be like Clyde (Clyde Getty)

    Tomorrow will be my first day back on the snow since my unfortunate collision with a snowboarder. Wait, that sounds like I hit him and if you've been following my blog you know that he took me down from behind. Somehow as we got tangled together and continued to slide down the mountain my shoulder was partially dislocated. And I've been whining about it ever since. Now it's time to move on. Seriously, it's time.
    Well it's been a month and tomorrow I'm skiing and I hate to admit this, I'm a little scared. Okay, that is completely an understatement. I've been having nightmares, a little P.T.S.D. That would be post-traumatic stress disorder for those of you who haven't committed the DSM-IV to memory.
    I think I may be overreacting a bit. I just need to suck it up and ski. I just need to be like Clyde.
    Watch this YouTube video of Clyde at the Turino Winter Olympics in 2006
    Watch Clyde fly through the air
    Watch Clyde spin
    and spin
    an spin
    Watch Clyde hit the ground
    hard
    on his face
    and kind of bounce
    on his face

    Watch Clyde jump up
    and wave
    and wave some more

    Watch the crowd cheer

    So if you can't tell Clyde is my new hero.
    Here is a little more gushing about Clyde and how awesome he is. Last weekend at The Nature Valley Freestyle World Cup in Deer Valley he managed to displace his 10th rib in competition.
    From Clyde's One Winter, Five Dreams blog:
    "Well, Deer Vally was yet another crazy experience. Yes, I did triples, and I did a triple on snow, in competition, that I had never done before. That's called a "lay-lay-lay" or triple layout. Some old timers may call it the "triple banana", but this was no banana, it was straight. Once again however (like 2006 Olympic games) , "I stuck it in training", but I didn't stick it when it counted...in the competition. Unlike the 2006 games however, I did not come in short. Instead I gave it a bit too much, so to speak. So, I landed, yes, but I slapped back pretty hard. Hard enough to displace my #10 rib."
    But that didn't stop him. A few days later he is in Lake Placid at The Nature Valley Freestyle World Cup, flying through the air again.
    So tomorrow I will ski. It has been a month and I will be like Clyde and ski. And if all goes well I may even hit the freestyle clinic because you know I really just want to be like Clyde.



    I'll keep you updated Clyde and his Olympic dream. His goal is to do two triples and place in the finals. Clyde, ski like a girl is cheering for you!






    xoxo,
    ski girl
    p.s. Support Clyde Getty and the other One Winter, Five Dreams athletes by posting your messages of encouragement on their blogs. ski like a girl is counting down the days til the games. 18 to go! And only 8 days left to win a trip to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Enter Panasonic's Gold Blogger contest. Share in the passion and excitement of the Olympics. Remember Gold Blogger applications must be submitted by January 31st, 2010 24:00 (JST) I'm still working on making my gold blogger dreams come true. Encourage these amazing athletes as they their pursue their dreams and cheer them to victory. Let’s share their passion!

    Saturday, January 23, 2010

    ski like a girl is watching Tugba Karademir's Free Skating Program at the ISU Championship

    Watch One Winter, Five Dreams athlete, Tugba Karademir's Free Skating Program at the European Figure Skating Championship, as she finishes 12th overall.

    Click here to view Tugba's skating career results. She is steadily moving up in the rankings and is the perfect position heading into the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games. Tugba is one of the five athletes featured on Panasonic's One Winter, Five Dreams site. Follow her blog and leave her messages of support as she continues her journey to Vancouver for her second bid at an Olympic gold medal.
    Congratulations Tugba! ski like a girl is rooting for you!


    xoxo,
    ski girl
    p.s. Win a trip to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Enter Panasonic's Gold Blogger contest. Share in the passion and excitement of the Olympics. Remember Gold Blogger applications must be submitted by January 31st, 2010 24:00 (JST)

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    ski like a girl & the One Winter, Five Dreams Gold Blogger Contest


    Enter for your chance to win a trip to the Winter Olympics.






    Only 8 days left to enter
    Panasonic's One Winter, Five Dreams brings our attention to five lesser known athletes who all share the common dream of making it to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Bloggers from around the world have the opportunity to spread the word about the five athletes, share their inspiring stories, and cheer them on as the opening ceremony of games draws near.
    The featured athletes are:
    Gold Blogger:
    From the Panasonic One Winter, Five Dreams athletes blog:
    Bloggers around the world who would like to see the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, please give us a hand! A Gold Blogger will be selected from users who have posted heart-warming messages on the blogs (of any of these 5 athletes), or who have supported these athletes through their blogging and/or other social media activities. The selected “Gold Blogger” will be sent to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games to represent the online supporters by blogging about the athletes’ activities and competitive performances. The Gold Blogger will also deliver the online messages from the participators of the site to the athletes (subject to the conditions at the location). Your voices of support will encourage the athletes in their pursuit of their dreams and lead them to victory. So let’s share their passion!

    xoxo,
    ski girl aka gold blogger (fingers crossed)
    p.s. You know I have entered. Check out my posts at ski like a girl for more information on the One Winter, Five Dreams athletes. And help me cheer them on!

    Friday, January 22, 2010

    ski like a girl is watching Tugba at the European Ice Skating Championships


    Watch the graceful and beautiful Tugba Karademir as she skates her way into 10th place after the short program at the ISU European Ice Skating Championships. With her technical points she is ranked 5th! Tugba became the first Turkish figure skater in history to compete at the Olympic Winter Games in Torino, 2006. The 24-year-old skater knew after last year's world championships in March that she was bound for her second Olympics. Her 10th place finish in 2007 at the European Championships is the best placement of a Turkish figure skater in an ISU Championship so far.
    Tugba started skating at age 5 as a part of her kindergarten activities when the first ice rink opened in Ankara, Turkey. She moved with her parents to Canada when she was 12 years old for better practice conditions. She was offered a chance to compete for Canada but chose to compete for her birthplace, Turkey. Some skaters she looks up to are Katarina Witt (GER), Kurt Browning (CAN), Steven Cousins (GBR), Jamie Sale and David Pelletier (CAN). Kurt Browning choreographed her current short program.


    Click here to view Tugba's skating career results. She is steadily moving up in the rankings and is the perfect position heading into the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games. Tugba is one of the five athletes featured on Panasonic's One Winter, Five Dreams site. Follow her blog and leave her messages of support as she continues her journey to Vancouver for her second bid at an Olympic gold medal.
    Congratulations Tugba! ski like a girl is rooting for you!
    xoxo,
    ski girl
    p.s. Remember Gold Blogger applications must be submitted by January 31st, 2010 24:00 (JST)

    ski like a girl and yet another One Winter, Five Dreams Post

    Don't say I didn't warn you about the OCD thing.  I've been a busy little ski girl.  Today I built a Squidoo lens for the One Winter, Five Dreams athletes. It puts their blogs, youtube videos, pictures, and other info all in one place.  Hopefully it will draw a little more attention to these incredibly hard working athletes as they count down the days to the big event.  Yes, only 22 days!  I've turned into quite the fan.

    Speaking of fans I started two new Facebook fan pages today.



    Kazuhiro Koshi on Facebook
    Katharine Eustace on Facebook

    Become a fan and post comments.  I'll make sure and pass them on.

    One Winter, Five Dreams facebook stats:
    Clyde Getty has 181 fans, Robel Teklemariam has 214 fans, and Tugba Karademir has 11 on her English page and 860 on her personal page.  So far I'm the only fan on Kazuhiro Koshi's and Katharine Eustace's pages.  Let's change that!  And while you're at it why don't you become fans of all five athletes.  I am.

    While we're talking about Facebook, ski like a girl has a Facebook fan page too and could use a little more love.  It takes 25 fans to be able to get a custom Facebook username (instead of that ridiculously long and convoluted one) and we have 8 fans right now.  Please fan us!  You'll get ski like a girl updates and we can chat on Facebook.  All kinds of good stuff.  If you have a page let me know.  I'm a really good fan.  Kind of stalkerish at times.  Did you see "The Fan" or  "Swimfan".  Well I'm not that bad.  Really! Don't be scared.

    xoxo,
    ski girl
    p.s.  I'm still working on making my gold blogger dreams come true.  The Gold Blogger contest ends on January 31st, 2010 24:00 (JST).  Get your enteries in to win a trip to the games.  Even if you don't enter you can leave messages for each of the athletes.  Encourage these amazing athletes as they their pursue their dreams and cheer them to victory. Let’s share their passion!

    Thursday, January 21, 2010

    ski like a girl and the glamour girls


    From left: On Kelly Clark: dress, shoes, Gucci; bracelet, Irit Design. On Hannah Teter: dress, Prada; belt, Dolce & Gabbana; shoes, Dior. On Lindsey Jacobellis: dress, necklace, Dolce & Gabbana; shoes, Jimmy Choo. On Gretchen Bleiler: dress, Dolce & Gabbana; earrings, Flutter by Jill Golden; bracelets, from top: Jennifer Miller Jewelry, Glynneth B Jewelry, Erickson Beamon; shoes, Barbara Bui.

    As you may know I'm definitely a girl who loves to glam it up (check out my first blog post). So you can only imagine how happy I was to find I wasn't the only ski girl (snowboard girl) to feel this way! I love the Gucci shoes that Kelly is wearing and love, love Gretchen's Dolce and Gabbana Dress.

     

    The Great Olympic Glamup

    You are looking at four women with beautiful hair, cute makeup, sexy dresses… and an excellent shot at sweeping the snowboarding medals in Vancouver this month.

     

     Find the Glamour Girls, Kelly Clark, Hannah Teter, Lindsey Jacobellis, and Gretchen Bleiler on stands now in the February issue of Glamour.


    Three weeks and counting until the games begin!  Check back for more of my ever informative and totally unbiased coverage at ski like a girl.

    xoxo,
    ski girl
    p.s.  I'm wearing my Gucci's as I write this post.  Probably won't need them at the mountain this weekend.  And yes, I am skiing this weekend!  Don't exactly have the all clear from the Doc but my range of motion is good, pain level is tolerable, and I haven't skied in such very a long time.  I'll be careful, my shoulder will be fine! (famous last words)

    Wednesday, January 20, 2010

    ski like a girl supports Katharine Eustace

    With the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics less than 22 days away, the excitement is building and the qualifying continues.  Sadly, for one of the athletes featured on Panasonic's One Winter, Five Dreams Project her Olympic dream has drawn to a close. Although Katharine Eustace came close to her goal of New Zealand taking a second sled to the games, coming in 5th at the Inter Continental Cup in Calgary wasn't enough to win her Olympic bid.  Even though we won't be watching Katharine compete in 2010 her inspirational story is well worth following.  Read her blog on the One Winter, Five Dreams site.



    Katharine is ranked 26th in the world. Not too shabby for a sport she has participated in for only two years!  I think we'll be seeing more of this 34 year old.  Possibly 2014?
    xoxo,
    ski girl
    ps.   Join me and post your messages to the athletes at One Winter, Five Dreams. or leave them here in the comments and I will pass them on.
    Katharine's Skeleton Results
    Result
    Competition
    Competitiontype
    Track
    5
    Jan 2010 IC#7 Calgary Women
    Inter Continental Cup
    Calgary
    5
    Jan 2009 IC Cesana Women
    Inter Continental Cup
    Cesana Pariol
    7
    Jan 2010 IC#6 Calgary Women
    Inter Continental Cup
    Calgary
    9
    Jan 2010 IC#5 Lake Placid Women
    Inter Continental Cup
    Lake Placid
    10
    Dec 2009 IC#3 Konigssee Women
    Inter Continental Cup
    Konigssee
    11
    Feb 2009 IC Igls skeleton Women
    Inter Continental Cup
    Igls
    12
    Nov 2009 IC#1 Winterberg Women
    Inter Continental Cup
    Winterberg

    Tuesday, January 19, 2010

    ski like a girl loves Ben and Jerry's


    Yummy!
    I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ice Cream

    Get over to your neighborhood Ben and Jerry's or stop by your grocery store for some of


    Hannah Teter's Maple Blondie Ice Cream


    Maple Ice Cream with Maple Blonde Brownie Chunks and a Maple Caramel Swirl

    Hannah is an Olympic Gold Medal winner in Snowboarding half pipe and a native Vermonter.
    Her charity Hannah's Gold donates proceeds from maple syrup, organic cotton and hemp wrist bands sales to help desperately poor children in Africa. Learn more at Hannah's Gold.

    I'm definitely a chocoholic but I will try this.

    xoxo,
    ski girl

    Monday, January 18, 2010

    ski like a girl is living her dream with "One Winter, Five Dreams"



    The countdown continues. Only 26 days until the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics begin.  And I'm still blogging away about the 5 athletes featured on Panasonic's One Winter, Five Dreams site. In an effort to make it all about me, I've renamed the competition One Winter, Six Dreams.  The sixth dream, of course, is mine.  Winning the Gold Blogger competition and going to the games!  Having the opportunity to represent the online supporters by blogging about the athletes’ activities and competitive performances. The Gold Blogger will also deliver the online messages from the participators of the site to the athletes. Those are my dreams!

    You may wonder, "Why should they pick me?"

    • I'm a little OCD about following the athletes and their blogs and sending them messages.
    • I'm a ski instructor and spent most of my workdays outside, in the snow, no matter what the conditions. So I have all the winter clothing, gear, (moon boots) necessary... to tramp around the various Olympic venues and keep the world up to date with posts about the athletes.
    • I have a blog about skiing.  ski like a girl
    • I'm enthusiastic and passionate about the athletes and their Olympic dreams.

    The competition is coming to a close.  The 10 finalist will be notified soon.  When is soon, I wonder?  Today?  I check my email hourly hoping to hear from "The Project Office".  I check my spam folder in case this very important email somehow gets bounced. Oops, just a little more of my OCD nature coming through.


    Here's a little back and forth between me and One Winter, Five Dreams on Twitter.  I do realize that I am not the only person they sent a tweet to but I would like to live in the delusion that I'm special and that they want me, yes me to enter.  Let me have my Publisher's Clearing House Sweepstakes moment, you know when you get that envelope in the mail that says You are a Winner!  And, if you are like me, you completely, 100 % believe that you are a winner.  Let me live that moment now. Come on everybody, say it with me, I am the Gold Blogger! 

    Tweets between me and owfd:
    owfd_athletes This is your last chance to win a free trip to the Vancouver Games!! Enter now before the offer expires! http://ow.ly/X1jR

    owfd_athletes @leilanigibson Just a few more days till the offer ends! Send your entries now to win a free trip to the Vancouver Olympics!...


    leilanigibson @owfd_athletes I entered! Thanks for the follow. Best wishes to the athletes. Less than a month til the Games. Let's share in the passion!


    owfd_athletes @leilanigibson thanks for your entry, and the passion. Please continue your favors toward the athletes' assistance.

    Okay, I realize that these are probably generic tweets that One Winter, Five Dreams sent out. But here I am just like that little kid in the back of the class room, with my arm raised over my head, jumping up and down, saying pick me, pick me, pick me!

    xoxo,
    ski girl aka the Gold Blogger (Keep your fingers crossed)
    p.s.  If you'd like to send messages of support to the One Winter, Five Dreams athletes just post them in the comments and I will make sure they get them.  Your voices of support will encourage the athletes in their pursuit of their dreams and lead them to victory. So let’s share their passion!

    Saturday, January 16, 2010

    ski like a girl says ski today and help Haiti



    Ski today and help Haiti 

    "Several ski areas across the country are conducting charitable efforts during the Martin Luther King Jr., holiday weekend in the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake. The major disaster in Haiti on Tuesday has spurred an international relief effort for the impoverished island nation. On one of the busiest weekends of the season, the ski industry has an opportunity to add to the outpouring of support.
    In many cases, ski resorts are giving a portion of lift-ticket sales to the cause." Eric Wagnon

    Ski for Haiti

    Check out Colorado's ski examiner, Eric Wagnon's,  article to find out more about ski resorts around the country that are participating in the effort this busy holiday ski weekend.

     xoxo,
    ski girl

    Friday, January 15, 2010

    ski like a girl and "One Winter, Five Dreams" Robel Teklemariam





    Robel Teklemariam Ethopian Men's Cross Country Skier has Qualified for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics!  His search for snow paid off and he can now focus on making his Olympic dreams come true. 


    The lack of snow made racing difficult for Robel. This is from his blog at "One Winter, Five Dreams, "It has been my biggest frustration so far this winter. I just want to qualify but to do that I need to race. So it seems this has been a search for races as much as points to qualify for me. I lost out on five races because of snow conditions. Now time is running short."

    Congratulations Robel, you found your snow and you did it!!!!




    Robel is the second of the Panasonic's "One Winter, Five Dreams" athletes to qualify for the Vanouver 2010 Winter Olympics.  Ladie's Figure Skater, Tugba  Karademir, qualified in early in the season for Turkey's team and then had to deal with the disappointment that her parents couldn't get tickets to watch her compete. They now have tickets thanks to a generous donation by an anonymous corporation.

    With less than a month away two of the athletes are qualified leaving three to go.

    Clyde Getty, Argentina's Freestyle Skier is in Deer Valley this weekend. He says, "Deer Valley, Utah is most likely the World Cup Freestyle tour athletes favorite spot". Clyde qualified for the 2002 Winter Games there.  If I'm reading the schedule correctly he's competing tonight at 5:45 with the finals at 8:25.  If you are in the area head over to the Visa Freestyle International World Cup.  Best of luck Clyde!  You've got that triple!

    Katharine Eustace came in 7th in her most recent Women's Skeleton race and has one more chance to earn points toward the second New Zealand sled.

    And Japan's Kazuhiro Koshi, age 45,  is still competing against the young guys in Men's Skeleton.

    Check back for more updates.  Please join ski like a girl in supporting the "One Winter, Five Dreams" athletes by reading their blogs and posting messages of encouragement.  Share in the passion and excitment of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

    xoxo,
    ski girl
    p.s.  Shouldn't there be a decision about the Gold Blogger finalists soon?  I read on a press release that the finalist would be notified today!!!  Wish me luck.