– In the buildup to the pending 2022 Olympic host site decision set for July, Beijing has banned the use of suburban barbecuing. According to Reuters, the Chinese government blames barbecues for much of the smog that surrounds the city – a major concern for athletes and organizers.
Barbecues were already banned in the city, and some critics say that it is instead factories in the area that contribute to the air quality, rather than the barbecues.
PM2.5, the average levels of hazardous airborne particles, was measured at 85.9 micrograms per cubic meters in 2014, a four percent decrease from 2013. That is still far higher than the national air quality standard of 35 micrograms.
– The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) recently welcomed four new members to its board of directors. According to a USSA press release Dan Leever (Palm Beach, FL/ Vail, CO), Grete Eliassen (Salt Lake City), Chris Seemann (Winter Park, CO) and Martina Lussi (Lake Placid, NY) will join the ranks of the board.
Lussi will take over the jumping/nordic combined representative role from Joe Holland. According to USSA, she has been involved with the sport at various levels, ranging from parental commitments, volunteering, and position on the Women’s Ski Jumping USA board.
– This year sixteen addition ski and snowboard clubs from across the U.S. have been certified as part of the USSA’s new club development program. With three levels of distinction – Gold, Silver, Bronze – the certification recognizes clubs for their levels of organization. According to a press release more than 20 clubs are on deck to start the podium certification process in the 2015/2016 season.
Full List of 2015 Podium Clubs
Bridger Ski Foundation (Bozeman, MT)
Carrabassett Valley Academy – Sugarloaf Ski Club (Carrabassett Valley, ME)
Green Mountain Valley School (Waitsfield, VT)
Killington Ski Club (Killington, VT)
The Loppet Foundation – Loppet Nordic Racing (Minneapolis, MN)
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Ski Team (Squaw Valley, CA)
Sugar Bowl Academy and Ski Team (Norden, CA)
Utah Olympic Park – Park City Nordic Ski Club/Fly Freestyle (Park City, UT)
Winter Park Competition Center (Winter Park, CO)
Park City Sports Education Foundation/Park City Ski Team (Park City, UT)
Team Gilboa (Eden Prairie, MN)
Team Summit Colorado (Silverthorne, CO)
Bromley Outing Club (Peru, VT)*
The Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain (Wilmington, VT)
Snowbird Ski Education Foundation*