Posts tagged ‘Skiing’

May 11, 2016

The Song Mountain Race Team – Creating Great Skiers

Song Mountain Race Team pic

Song Mountain Race Team
Image: songraceteam.com

Keefe Gorman serves as managing director of investments for Merrill Lynch in New York. In addition to his work with Merrill Lynch, Keefe Gorman is an avid skier and a member of the Song Mountain Race Team.

The Song Mountain Race Team is a nonprofit organization that develops alpine ski racers. Working in conjunction with the Central New York Ski Racing Foundation, or CNYSRF, the organization prepares athletes for success by focusing on several key areas. First, it concentrates on the athletes’ physical and technical abilities to give them the stamina and skills to race. The Song Mountain Race Team also focuses on the mental side of competition, knowing that world-class athletes must prepare their minds as well.

Children between the ages of 5 and 12 can join the Racing Rabbits & Coyotes team, which places a strong emphasis on fun. This team gives children an introduction to ski racing, with 50 hours of training and the chance to participate in real timed competitions. Older children can join a more intensive racing team, which trains four days a week and competes locally and throughout the state.

September 24, 2014

Downhill vs. Cross-Country Skiing

A wealth an investment advisor at Merrill Lynch, Keefe Gorman has been listed by Barron’s magazine as one of the country’s top brokers and investment advisors on numerous occasions. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Keefe Gorman took part in the United States professional ski tour.

While the major difference between cross-country and downhill skiing is fairly obvious, there are a number of technical strengths and physical requirements associated with the sport’s two primary disciplines that may be overlooked by the casual skier or television viewer.

The difference begins with the skis themselves, which are attached to the boots of a cross-country athlete only at the toes; a downhill skier is fully attached to the skis by bindings. Additionally, downhill skiers require a greater amount of technical training to prepare themselves for the high speeds involved in the sport. Cross-country skiers, meanwhile, focus primarily on endurance training, since the movements involved with uphill, downhill, and level-terrain cross-country skiing are more natural to the body. Cross-country skiing is also a less expensive sport than downhill skiing, and in the United States there are far more areas available to cross-country skiers than there are alpine ski resorts.