A full weekend of preparation and racing for families and kids at Edelweiss this weekend. As the kids skied in their respective programs on Saturday, parent volunteers were getting the hill ready for the first race of the season at Edelweiss the next day: setting up the Bnet, making sure the timing works, getting for the bids ready for the various team ready, etc. Ski racing at this level is very much a family affair. Without the parents, there could not be any ski races. Ski races rely so much on parents volunteers. What makes matter complicated is when one family has a couple of kids into racing and they are spread out for races potentially at different hills on the same day. After everything was setup for the following day, the kids from the programs were inside, my wife and I managed to take one run alone without our daughters; they had skied enough while we were working.
Sunday was race day. We had an extremely early start and hard work on the hill and to get at the hill: coordination of the equipment and crew at the race and coordination of family to leave the house on-time. My wife was also volunteering so we needed someone to take care of Tara. We managed to have her accepted into the Sunday program for that day. My oldest daughter along with the other U16 foreran as we were behind the scene the U14 race. It was a beautiful sunny day and everyone made it a successful day. Family left without myself as they were still a few things to get sorted away once the race was done. It was indeed a long day, but a good one.
On the same weekend in Europe, Mikaela Tommy, a 17-year old Edelweiss ski racer was having her World Cup debut at Maribor in Slovenia. She was a K2 racer (now U16) with the club back in 2009-10 when Morgane started racing in the Nancy Greene program at 12. Mikaela was only 2 years ahead of her. At that time, the K2 and Junior were coached by former Canadian Slalom Champion, Olympian and father, Mike Tommy. The Tommys have a deep-rooted tradition at Edelweiss (the ski area was started and owned by the family prior to MSSI buying the hill) and Ottawa ski scene. At that time Mikaela trained with her brother and another son of a former Olympian in ski jumping and member of the Fripps family. From one generation to the next, their grandfathers and great uncles are part of the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame.
From one generations to the next, multi-generational skiers or not, from Hall of Famers, Olympians, World Cup racers, racers or simply average skiers like the Tommys, Fripps, Putticks, Derbyshires, Barrys, Wicklunds, Rodgers, Marineaus, Lalondes, Bosnjaks, Corcorans and many others are important to skiing.
Source: Zone de ski Outaouais: 17-year-old Mikaela Tommy set to make World Cup debut in Slovenia
A talented young ski racer will follow in her parents’ and grandparents’ footsteps when she makes her World Cup debut in Maribor, Slovenia, on Saturday.
Mikaela Tommy, 17, comes from skiing royalty – her father Michael (Mike) is a former Canadian champion and two-time Olympian while her mother Gabi was on the national development team. Mikaela’s grandfather Andy Tommy – Michael’s father – was named to Canada’s team for the 1952 and 1956 Olympic Games but didn’t compete due to injury, while two of Andy’s brothers also skied for the national team.