Mens Alpine Skiing Season Preview

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Vancouver, BC – With the winter season fast approaching, the UBC Ski ‘Birds are getting ready to squeeze back into their spandex, tighten up their race boots and click into some freshly waxed skis. The team is looking forward to the 2014-2015 season with the addition of three very talented freshmen. Paul Cotton, Bryan Cadman and Cameron Hale will be joining an experienced group of racers and are looking to rebound from an injury laden and disappointing 2013-2014 season.

Cotton joins the Thunderbirds after spending three years racing for the Vancouver Ski Team. Cotton will add a new dimension of consistency across all disciplines to the Thunderbirds roster. Cotton was nationally ranked within the top 10 in all events in his age group in Canada during the 2012-13 season (Slalom – 4th, Giant Slalom – 8th and Super G – 7th).

He also adds a certain level of resilience to the team; he lost the 2013-14 season to a broken ankle, but couldn’t be put off skis for long. Bouncing back with incredible commitment he lost no time in working himself back up to compete among the fastest racers in the nation. Upon completing the season, he was ranked 13th in Slalom and 20th in both Giant slalom and Super-G. 

Cotton will be looking to take advantage of training on his home mountain and is studying Engineering at UBC.  

Also new to the team is Bryan Cadman, a mechanical engineering student who started his ski racing career with the Whistler Mountain Ski Club. Cadman will be joining his older brother Michael Cadman who is entering his final season competing for the Thunderbirds. Cadman had success racing at a young age, qualifying for the K2 Nationals in his final year of racing for the Whistler Mountain Ski Club. 

His racing career took a brief hiatus when he discovered the sport of skier cross and joined the BC Ski Cross team. Skier cross adds a different element of competition to traditional ski racing, where four athletes compete against each other on a single course that features not only gates, but jumps, rollers and banked turns. Cadman competed in the Nor-Am circuit for 3 years. In 2012, he earned himself an 11th place finish at the Lake Louse, AB Nor-Am event.

After taking a break from competition to pursue academics and skiing, Cadman is ready to be back on the road traveling and racing, with goals of qualifying for Nationals and getting back into skier cross.

Hailing from Ontario, Cameron Hale, is the another addition to the talented Thunderbirds men’s roster. Hale formerly skied out of Blue Mountain with the Toronto Ski Club, the National Ski Academy and the Windermere Valley Ski Club. Now at UBC planning to major in Economics, Hale is excited to start this new chapter in his promising alpine career.

Despite having a late start to the ski-racing scene it didn’t take Hale long to make up for lost time – achieving multiple podium finishes at the U16/U18 provincial level. In 2014 at the Canadian National Championships Hale placed 24th overall against the nations top professional and amateur athletes.  While racing for the Toronto Ski Club, Hale was awarded Top Male Athlete 3 times and has represented Ontario as well as Canada at the International level.

Looking forward to the new competition and race circuit, Hale already has his eyes on the podium for the USCSA National championships. He is excited to be a part of the only Canadian team competing in the USCSA.

Cotton, Cadman and Hale as well as the rest of the Thunderbirds are looking forward to transferring all their offseason dryland training to success on the slopes. The Thunderbirds commence their 2014-15 season January 17. 2015 at 49 Degrees North, Washington, where they have back-to-back giant slalom races. 

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