Dale Begg Smith
- Victoria AU
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VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA – During the 119th I.O.C. Session held in Guatemala City in 2007, Russian Federation’s Sochi was selected to host the XXII Winter Olympic Games in February 2014. This will be the first Olympics for Russiawith venues scattered over two clusters, a coastal cluster in Sochi Olympic Park and a mountain cluster on KrasnayaPolyana. The Games are set to feature 98 medal events over 15 winter sports including figure skating, snowboarding, ice hockey, cross-country and freestyle skiing to name a few. KrasnayaPolyana’s Rosa Khutor Extreme Park will hold snowboarding and freestyle skiing events. September 2012 marked the start of use for the newly constructed Rosa Khutor Extreme Park venue.
The previousOlympic Winter Games were hosted in 2010 by the Canadian city of Vancouver. On day 3 of the Olympics, men’s moguls were held at Cypress Bowl Ski Area. The Sunday qualifications event featured 30 athletes competing with the top 20 qualifiers advancing into the finals. Many promising skiers entered the event including AlexandreBilodeau, Bryon Wilson, and Vincen Marquis. Also among the qualifying athletes was the Australian Olympic Gold Medalist Dale Begg-Smith who ranked fourth in the qualifications round placing him among the 20 finalists competing for the Olympic medal. Impacted by the knee injury he suffered in January 2009, which had him out of competition for 10 months, the Gold Medal Olympian came agonizingly close to defending his title in his second Olympic campaignas he won Silver in 2010 Winter Olympics.Begg-Smith donated his World Cup prize money – reported to be around $13,670 – to earthquake relief efforts in Haiti.
Following the Vancouver Olympics, Dale Begg-Smith won his fourth World Cup title in Sierra Nevada, Spain, as the greatest World Cup champion of all time.Begg-Smith made his first impact as a moguls skier in January 2001, finishing in 18th place in a World Cup event at the age of 16.Since then, he has made the podium at every major championship he has contested; he set the record for the most consecutive World Cup finals in events he has entered, by qualifying for 60 consecutive finals.He made history as he won the Olympic gold medal in 2006 by becoming the youngest man to ever win Olympic gold in the sport and Austalia’s third gold for the Winter Olympics. In 2006, Australia issued a postage stamp commemorating Begg-Smith’s achievement.
OlympianBegg-Smith began skiing at a very early age as he grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia. Alongside his older brother, Jason Begg-Smith, Dale trained tirelessly throughout his early careeras they competed for Canada in various mogul skiing events. The brothers were unable to compete for three years while awaiting their Australian citizenship post moving to Australia in 2001. Following Dale’s Olympic Gold win in the 2006, where both brothers competed, Jason Begg-Smith retired from the sport while Dale went on to win Olympic Silver at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. He has since cemented his title as Australia’s most successful winter athleteand one of only five Australians to win a gold medal in the Winter Games alongside Olympians Steven Bradbury, Alisa Camplin, Torah Bright, and Lydia Lassila.
VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA – The XXII Olympic Winter Games are scheduled to take place on the 7th to 23rd of February, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. This will be the first Winter Olympics and the first Olympics altogether for the Russian Federation since the 1980 Summer Olympics which were held in Moscow, then the capital of Soviet Union.The athletic Oscars of an event will feature 98 medal events over 15 winter sports including cross-country skiing, figure skating, ice hockey, snowboarding, and freestyle skiing among others. The four freestyle skiing events, men’s and women’s aerials and moguls, are to be held in the resort town of KrasnayaPolyana. In moguls, the challenge is to race down a slope covered with large bumps as fast as possible while earning points for technique and two aerial jumps. In aerials, the two jumps are judged by air, form and landing.
Turin, Italy hosted thesecond to the last Olympic Winter Games whichmarked the second time Italy hosted the Winter Olympics. The event featured 84 medal events over 15 sports including four freestyle skiing events – men’s and women’s aerials and moguls. Men’s moguls were held at the venue in Sauze d’Oulx on a crisp Wednesday, February 15th with the 2pm qualification event with 35 athletes competing and the finals event at 5:30pm, which featured the top 20 qualifiers. Many promising skiers entered the qualification event including Canadian AlexandreBilodeau, Finland’s Sami Mustonen, and Americans Toby Dawson and Jeremy Bloom. Also among the qualifying athletes were the Australian brothers Jason and Dale Begg-Smith. One of the brothers, Dale, ranked first in the qualification round which earned him a spot among the 20 finalists competing for the Olympic medal. The top qualifier went on to win gold in the finals, followed by MikkoRonkainen’s silver, and Toby Dawson’s bronze.
Dale Begg-Smith had a successful World Cup career leading into the Olympics with 10 podium finishes and 4 World Cup gold medals. Following his World Cup successes, Begg-Smith entered the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics, alongside his older brother Jason Begg-Smith. He made history as he won the Olympic gold medal by becoming the youngest man to ever win Olympic gold in the sport. Dale also won Austalia’s third gold for winter Olympics, behind Steven Bradbury and Alisa Camplin’s 2002 wins at Salt Lake City. In 2006, the Australia Post noted his gold medal put him in a “small and honored group of athletes” and issued a postage stamp commemorating Begg-Smith’s achievement. Jason Begg-Smith retired following the Olympics, but Dale went on to compete in the following World Cup season.
Canadian born Dale Begg-Smith grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia and began skiing at a very early age. Throughout his early career, Dale trained tirelessly alongside his older brother, Jason Begg-Smith, and they competed for Canada in various mogul skiing events. After moving to Australia in 2001, the brothers did not compete for three years while awaiting their Australian citizenship. In 2005 Dale was awarded Ski and Snowboard Australia’s Snow Sports Athlete of the Year. Dale set the record for the only freestyle athlete to medal at all four major events entered, due to his Olympic and world championship podiums. He also became Australia’s most successful winter athleteand one of only five Australians to win a gold medal in the Winter Games alongside Olympians Steven Bradbury, Alisa Camplin, Torah Bright, and Lydia Lassila.