United States’ Success in Alpine Skiing at the Olympics

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Alpine Skiing
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A former US Air Force captain and technical engineer, Anthony “Tony” Hartman has provided consultation services to Dallas-based business for over 20 years. Outside of his professional obligations in Dallas, Anthony Hartman enjoys skiing.

Among the skiing events in the Winter Olympics, the United States has done especially well in alpine skiing, which comprises the four separate disciplines of super-G, downhill, giant slalom, and combined. The first alpine event occurred in 1936. Since that time, 13 American men and women have won multiple medals, with several winning at least two medals in a single Olympics.

On the men’s side, Bode Miller is the most-decorated skier in terms of total medals, with five (one gold, three silver, and two bronze), including one in each discipline. Ted Ligety, however, is the only American male skier to have won two Olympic gold medals, one each in combined and giant slalom. The three other males to win multiple medals are Andrew Weibrecht, Phil Mahre, and Tommy Moe.

On the women’s side, Julia Mancuso and Lindsey Vonn, both of whom are still competing, have decorated careers at the Olympics and World Cup. Mancuso has four Olympic medals, including a gold in giant slalom at the 2006 Olympics, while Vonn won gold in the downhill event at the 2010 Olympics. Andrea Mead Lawrence, who competed in three Olympics from 1948 to 1956, won the slalom and giant slalom events in 1952. Other women to win multiple medals include Gretchen Fraser, Picabo Street, Diann Roffe, Penny Pitous, and Jean Saubert.

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A Few Tips for Attempting a Double Black Diamond Ski Run

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Double Black Diamond
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Dallas, Texas, business consultant Anthony Hartman has spent the last two decades working with clients on matters such as risk analysis and project turnaround, as well as general management. Anthony Hartman earned a master of business administration from the University of South Dakota Graduate School of Business. Beyond his Dallas business, Tony Hartman enjoys skiing, hiking, and other outdoor activities.

A double black diamond ski run represents the pinnacle of difficulty and achievement for skiers. These trails should only be attempted by highly experienced individuals. In fact, many ski resorts do not offer trails with a difficulty rating beyond black diamond. A skier who has mastered the black diamond and is considering taking on a greater challenge may find the following tips helpful.

First, skiers should physically be in top midseason form when they take on a double black diamond run. It is not advisable to attempt the most difficult, physically taxing runs with out-of-shape legs, especially if it is the first day of the season. Physical endurance is particularly important on narrow, steep trails that require skiers to make quick, short turns to maintain a controllable speed.

In terms of skills, individuals must not forget to follow skiing basics at the double black diamond level. For instance, good posture and weight distribution can spell the difference between a successful run and an unfortunate fall. Finally, skiers are advised to scout double black diamond trails in advance of hitting the slopes, especially before making their first attempt. A few things to scout for include cliffs, rocks, trees, moguls, and other hazards that require special maneuvering.

Hikers Are More Creative and Are Happier

 

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Hiking
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A licensed private pilot, Anthony ‘Tony’ Hartman from Dallas, Texas, is a business consultant who serves on the boards of various private companies. A healthy living enthusiast, Dallas resident Anthony Hartman enjoys hiking.

Doctors agree that hiking is one of the healthiest outdoor activities there is. Not only does it burn a ton of calories, it lowers blood pressure, prevents cardiovascular disease, and lowers the risk of diabetes and stroke. Here are two non-health-related benefits of hiking researchers recently discovered:

1) Hiking boosts creativity. Research published on the journal PLOS ONE showed that getting immersed in nature for four days, away from all the distractions of modern-day technology, can boost creativity and problem-solving skills by up to 50 percent. In another study, researchers from Stanford University found that participants were more creative when they were walking in nature versus when they were seated.

2) Hiking makes you happier. A study published by the National Institute of Health found that consistent group hiking reduced depression, hopelessness, and suicide ideation in people who had previously attempted suicide.