Conversations about Skiing, Ski Racing and Sport with some of the most successful and insightful skiers, coaches and forward thinkers in the world of skiing.
It’s always a pleasure to talk to Switzerland’s Michelle Gisin, and we were thrilled to have her back on The Next Turn. Gisin, a rare four-event skier, won back-to-back gold medals in the Alpine Combined event at the last two Olympics, a Bronze medal in Super G at the Beijing Olympics, has won medals at the World Championships, and she has World Cup podiums in every discipline. However this season, Gisin hasn’t yet produced the results we’re used to seeing from her, and she’s very open about her struggles, shedding light on her long and arduous recovery from mononucleosis, her efforts to find motivation, and the impact of negative press. Gisin is thoughtful and honest in this interview which covers a wide range of topics. As always, hosts Martin, Cara and Jeff share their “SWIX Thoughts of the Day”.
World Cup Moms - Cochran, Gray and Monsén
The Next Turn is shifting gears somewhat this week, giving the microphone to three insightful women, all of whom are mothers to World Cup athletes. Joanne Gray (mom of Canada’s Cassidy Gray), Barbara Ann Cochran (mom of America’s Ryan Cochran-Siegle), and Karen Monsén (mom of Sweden’s Felix Monsén) speak to us about the role of the parent vs. the role of a coach and illuminate the life lessons that can be learned through ski racing. They discuss how important it is for an athlete to identify as more than just a ski racer, as well as the anxiety that comes along with being the parent of a child involved in a sport with inherent risks and inevitable injuries. As always, hosts Martin, Cara and Jeff share their “SWIX Thoughts of the Day”.
In the two years since we first spoke with him, American World Cup athlete Ryan Cochran-Siegle has added a few accolades to his resume— namely a silver medal at the 2022 Beijing Olympics. We connected with him and learned about the ups and downs of his recent equipment change, as well as his return to racing after a minor spine fracture sustained in Kitzbuhel. RCS talks through his current focus in training when it comes to technique and fundamentals and he also speaks of the impact of confidence on performance. He looks ahead to the races still to come this season, giving deep insight into his strategies and tactics for both the Wengen and Kitzbuhel courses. His good nature, openness and balanced outlook once again remind us of why it’s so easy to cheer for Ryan on and off the hill. As always, hosts Martin, Cara and Jeff share their “SWIX Thoughts of the Day”.
No stranger to injury and to the comeback, American World Cup athlete Breezy Johnson joins The Next Turn to talk through her ski racing journey to date. In this interview Johnson talks about the difference between skiing with confidence and without it, as well as the harsh reality that hard work doesn’t always guarantee results. Johnson is very candid about her high expectations and frustration with falling short. And while Breezy is a familiar visitor to the podium, she’s still chasing a World Cup win—don’t bet against her. As always, hosts Martin, Cara and Jeff share their “SWIX Thoughts of the Day”.
Leona Popović and Zrinka Ljutić
Two of the world’s best slalom skiers hail from the small ski nation of Croatia: 25 year old Leona Popović, who now is coming into her peak, and reigning World Junior Champion, 18 year old Zrinka Ljutić. The new teammates join The Next Turn to discuss their paths to the World Cup. While these two women are quite different from one another, they work and train together, motivating one another in the process. In this conversation they talk about everything from sharing course reports, to what they admire in each other’s skiing, as well as their hopes for the future. As always, hosts Martin, Cara and Jeff share their “SWIX Thoughts of the Day”.
Lara Colturi and Daniela Ceccarelli
If you haven’t heard of Lara Colturi, you haven’t been paying attention to alpine racing. Colturi is the young, Italian-born prodigy who has grown up being coached by her parents, former Olympic champion Daniela Ceccarelli and ski coach Alessandro Colturi. Colturi, who skis under the flag of Albania rather than her birthplace of Italy, made her World Cup debut at just 15 years of age and is already scoring World Cup points. In their first in-depth, English interview, Colturi and her mother Daniela join The Next Turn to give insight into Lara’s unique pathway, sharing their thought processes as well as plans for the future. As always, hosts Martin, Cara and Jeff share their “SWIX Thoughts of the Day”.
Amazing guest and content
Such a great podcast. Stellar guests, RCS, The Panda, Phil Mcnichol.
Best Ski Racing Pod in English
Wonderful top-quality international guests, intelligent questions, pleasant voices and production quality. Lousy Muzak but eh, 99% there!
Breath of fresh air
Martin brings to the table conversations that I wish were had more often among those in snow sports. The validity of the words coming from the guests helps to reawaken important ideas that we tend to forget about. This stirs up the pot a bit to make us think about why we do what we do in the ski industry.