Two overseas skiers who have trained at Coronet Peak had
widely differing results at the Winter Olympics in Sochi,
Russia, last week.
Ted Ligety, (29) the United States skier who won the gold
medal in the men's giant slalom was a member of the US ski
team which trained at Coronet Peak in 2012.
At the time, he told the Otago Daily Times the focus
was on the fundamentals of giant slalom and slalom, and
becoming used to new skis which were ''straighter and
He also said because of the World Cup skiing programme, the
US team's main training fields were in New Zealand, Chile and
Ligety has trained in Queenstown on other occasions with the
US team, many of whom in 2012 said that not only were the
skiing conditions favourable, so, too, were the pies at the
Meanwhile, having skied her first competitive race just six
months ago at Coronet Peak, Thai skier Vanessa-Mae Vanakorn
can now say she has been an Olympic athlete.
Vanakorn (35), who is also internationally recognised as a
violinist, competed last week in the women's giant slalom,
coming last of the 67 finishers.
She is based in Europe but was born to a Thai father and
holds a Thai passport.
She became the third person to represent Thailand at the
She competed in the giant slalom in the FIS New Zealand
Championships for Thailand at Coronet Peak.
Talking to the Otago Daily Times before her Coronet
Peak race she acknowledged: ''To start ski training with only
six months to go before the next Winter Olympics in Sochi is
a big challenge.''