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Athlete Profile: Daron Rahlves

Athlete Profile: Daron Rahlves

A Q&A with America’s most decorated male skier By Jennifer Rothman Daron in Sugar Bowl’s backcountry, December 2014 (Grant Barta). As the most decorated male American Downhill and Super G skier in history, Daron Rahlves has certainly lived up to his motto to “make it happen.” Along with making the US Olympic Ski Team four times, his trophy shelf overflows with, to name a few, 12 world cup wins, seven US National Titles, a 2001 World Champion in Super-G (super giant slalom – an alpine speed event, which made its World Cup debut in 1983 and Olympics debut in 1988), and first place wins at the legendary Hahnenkamm Downhill in 2003 and Super-G in 2004. Raised in Northern California, Daron became a true athlete, excelling at both snow skiing and watersports. Although retired from professional ski racing, Daron continues to be a strong presence in the world of skiing...
Athlete Profile: Amie Engerbretson

Athlete Profile: Amie Engerbretson

International sports and skiing ambassador takes it to the big screen in the latest Warren Film film Chasing Shadows Photo: amieski.com Amie Engerbretson has taken her charismatic personality and singular big mountain skiing technique straight to the big screen, with high visibility in editorial and print/video advertising spots as well. Amie stars in the new Warren Miller Productions film “Chasing Shadows.” She was also featured in the all-women’s ski film Pretty Faces by Unicorn Picnic Production. The daughter of pro skier Jeff Engerbretson, Amie spent her first day on skis at ten months old, and was raised in the limelight on the slopes of Squaw Valley among the industry’s top athletes. After graduating from Columbia College Chicago with a Media Management degree, Amie traveled the world, then came back home to pursue a career as a pro skier and sports model. She is sponsored by K2 Skis, Smith...
Athlete Profile: Michelle Parker

Athlete Profile: Michelle Parker

Big mountain ski athlete stars in MSP Films’ latest production Fade To Winter  Michelle Parker. Photo: Jeff Cricco Michelle Parker is one of the ski industry’s most versatile female skiers. She has appeared in over a dozen ski films including the highly anticipated Matchstick Productions’ film Fade To Winter. Other MSP films include InDeep, Attack of La Nina, Days of My Youth, Superheroes of Stoke. Michelle won Best Female Performance at the Powder Video Awards and at the International Freeski Film Festival for her segment in Superheroes of Stoke. Born in 1987 in Truckee, California, Michelle began ski racing at her home resort of Squaw Valley at an early age, but by her mid-teens realized her passion was in freeskiing. After competing for a few years in slopestyle and halfpipe at the X Games and U.S. Open, she took on big mountain terrain, taking her park tricks to the...
Athlete Profile: Endurance racer Terri  Schneider

Athlete Profile: Endurance racer Terri Schneider

From Bhutan with love By Leonie Sherman Terri at the Bhutan International Marathon awards ceremony. Photo: Dylan Haskin Endurance athlete Terri Schneider inspired me to ride my bike for two hours before I even met her, just to get to our interview. Over the past two decades she has coached and consulted with hundreds of athletes, encouraging people to push harder and reach higher than they ever thought possible. She started running at age ten because it “seemed like fun” and she’s been at it for more than forty years, winning some of the most grueling races on the planet. Though she travels widely in pursuit of adventure and challenge, she always returns to where it all started. “I was lucky to grow up in Santa Cruz when it was just a sleepy surf town, even before the University came here,” she says, tucking a strand of chin length golden...
Terri Schneider responses to five questions for athlete profile

Terri Schneider responses to five questions for athlete profile

Terri Schneider responses to five questionse for athlete profile ASJ: How would you describe your career? TS: Career sounds like a very serious word – I coach, consult, write and speak. My job is to remind people of who they already are, to support and inspire people to grow and expand however they want to. That’s what I have passion for and I’ve been fortunate to be able to translate that into a career. Generally I’ve approached this through sport, though people who interact with me know that the growth often goes much deeper than learning the details of whatever sport we happen to be focusing on.  In the past few years I’ve taken up photography as an additional way to share my experiences with others. ASJ: How did you first get involved in Bhutan? TS: In 2000 I did the Raid Gauloises in Tibet and Nepal, an expedition adventure...
Athlete Profile: Sachi Cunningham

Athlete Profile: Sachi Cunningham

A life shaped by water Selfie (Sachi Cunningham). The name “Sachi” means happiness in Japanese. Water photographer, documentary filmmaker and Professor of Multimedia Journalism at San Francisco State University Sachi Cunningham is half Japanese with a sprinkling of Scottish stock, so it is fitting that she finds the most happiness when surrounded by water like her island ancestors. A graduate of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and Brown University, Cunningham’s documentaries focus on the ocean environment, international conflict, the arts, and her favorite pastimes, body-surfing and surfing. A long list of awards have been bestowed upon her work, from Emmys, to Webbys to recognition from Pictures of the Year International for her filmmaking with media outlets far and wide, including the PBS documentary series Frontline, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Discovery Channel, and the Los Angeles Times. Her avid passion for water surf photography since 1996...
JT Holmes &  Speed Riding

JT Holmes & Speed Riding

Warren Miller’s new film features the thrilling mix of paragliding and freeskiing By Jennifer Rothman Photo courtesy of Warren Miller Have you ever looked up at a massive, snowy mountain face that appeared to have the perfect run but was off limits due to one or more vertical cliffs interrupting your dream line? Legendary Tahoe freeskier and Warren Miller athlete JT Holmes brings a unique solution to the problem of cliffs on a big mountain line: speed riding. Congratulations on your segment in Warren Miller Entertainment’s next film, No Turning Back, in which you and Ulei Kestenholz share your speed riding adventures in Switzerland. How would you describe speed riding to the layperson and how has it has developed as a sport over the last few years? Speed riding is the ideal way of combining skiing and flying. One can transition from sliding on snow and gliding through the air...
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