9 September 2005

Downhill Skiing Record on No Snow

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The ABC have this story on Canberra Chef Nick Willy skiing downhill for 8 days in order to break a world record and raise money for “asbestos-related diseases in memory of his father who died after contracting mesothelioma”. I think the most amazing part is that he was able to find 8 days worth of snow in Thredbo at this time of year.

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We were discussing this on the way up to the snow today (and there was still a decent amount at Perisher but not on the x-country ski trails) and came to the conclusion he would get very extremely bored cos he’s basically skiing in circles on Friday Flat. He has to spend more time on the snow than on the lifts and he’s allowed to sleep for a maximum of two hours per day (well that’s what I was told).

redneck_ninja2:32 pm 09 Sep 05

He’s actually trying to compete with some Austrian dude who’s done it for longer – Nick was initially going to do it for 7 days, but the Austrian (whose record is not yet officially recognised) did his for 8.3 days. Nick is still going, and is likely to stop on Sunday evening. He’s broken the official record, but wants to break the unofficial record as well, just in case. He’s on Friday Flat, so plenty of the man-made crap there.

shame that the high standards of abc journalism couldn’t pick up that the article is written in two tenses. Nick has already broken the record and a team of medics et al will be on hand to help with the attempt

Surname is spelt Willey. Wish him all the very best. Apparently there is a shindig on in Thredbo on Saturday night for those interested. Kosziuosko Hotel perhaps? IGBTYS.

Sorry, crappy laptop colours meant I couldn’t see the link was already there….

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