Jasmin Bambur competes in Sochi. (Photo: Joe Kusumoto)
Every other week we scour the web for the latest going on in the world of U.S. Para Alpine Skiing. Here’s what you missed!
Mr. Bambur Goes to Vegas
Not everything you do in Vegas stays in Vegas, especially when you post it on Instagram.
Jasmin Bambur took in a Las Vegas Raiders game at Allegiant Stadium Sept. 13. It was the final game of the NFL’s opening weekend to the regular season. The Raiders were hosting the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football, which made the evening even better.
“Let’s go, Raiders!!” Bambur wrote.
Apparently, not all of Bambur’s followers are Raiders fans.
“Booooooooo,” one wrote.
“Jas! Our relationship just changed. #gochiefs,” said another.
Bambur got the last laugh, though. The Raiders beat the Ravens in overtime, 33-27.
A Conversation with Kurka
Andrew Kurka hasn’t written a book yet, but he is featured in a book by Emma Stirling and Anthony Denahy.
“Men: Real Conversations” contains discussions with 40 actors, astronauts, athletes, poets, Navy SEALs and others who share their stories about the issues important to them. In conversations that are raw and revealing, these men talk about topics they’ve never discussed publicly.
In the book, Kurka reveals how he overcame a crash at his first Paralympic Games and other challenges. He posted a photo of himself holding the book on Instagram, and wrote, “featured in my first book! Pretty cool to see this. A book focused around the perspective of successful men. Should I write my own book someday?”
Not surprisingly, the response was overwhelmingly in the affirmative. Perhaps Kurka will be holding a copy of his own hardcover one day.
Smile … You’re On Camera
Thomas Walsh took his fans behind the scenes of Team USA’s promo shoot for Beijing 2022 last week.
Walsh posted several photos on Instagram sporting a gray and white hoodie featuring the American flag and Olympic rings, along with black pants, gray shoes, and black cap. One photo showed him holding a ski in each hand, and a pair on his shoulder in another.
“Behind the scenes from the @nbcolympics and @teamusa promo shoot for @beijing2022!” he wrote.
A Family Friday
Alana Nichols was having quite a time with the family Sept. 24. She posted several photos and a video from Sky Tavern in Reno, with Gunnar in all his cuteness on a bike.
“Just a Friyaaay gratitude post for the little man in this picture… Not Gunnar… his dad @roytuscany who’s looking on watching his little ripper of a son get after it on the pump track!” she wrote on Instagram.
Gunnar is clearly enjoying himself. In one shot, he’s got his tongue stuck out in a playful way. One commenter summed up the scene perfectly: “it’s all about family. Stoked to see such loving parents.”
Vaccination Requirements for Beijing 2022 Announced
All athletes, employees, contractors and others must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 effective Nov. 1, 2021, the USOPC announced last week.
A medical or religious exemption may be obtained prior to the Nov. 1 deadline. As of Dec. 1, 2021, the mandate will also extend to all Team USA delegation members or hopefuls for future Games.
“The health and well-being of our Olympic and Paralympic community continues to be a top priority,” the USOPC announced on the Team USA website. “This step will increase our ability to create a safe and productive environment for Team USA athletes and staff, and allow us to restore consistency in planning, preparation and optimal service to athletes.”
Vaccinations will be required for all personnel who wish to access USOPC facilities, including the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Centers and all events and activities hosted by the USOPC’s internationally managed sports.
The mandate reinforces CDC recommendations for vaccinated individuals, including wearing masks indoors and testing upon return from travel.
Volunteer Opportunities With NSCD
The National Sports Center for the Disabled is seeking volunteer instructors for its Alpine Ski and Snowboarding program.
Training starts in November and concludes in December. Volunteers would begin working with participants in January of 2022.
Instructors work with students who have a variety of cognitive and/or physical disabilities. It’s a great way to get out on the slopes and make a difference in the lives of participants. Visit the NSCD website for more information.
Kelly Brush Ride Raises Record Amount For Adaptive Sports
The 16th annual Kelly Brush Ride, powered by VBT Bicycling Vacations in Vermont, took place Sept. 11 to improve the lives of those with spinal cord injuries through sports and recreation.
The ride raised over $825,000, setting a record for the event. The ride also supports the foundation’s ski racing safety program, and awards grants each year to ski clubs and racing programs.
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