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WITH the final preparations completed and acclimatisation over, Britain's ski racers got down to business for their first training run in Sestriere, Italy yesterday and proved they still have a little learning to do to reach their full potential.
FIVE Scottish skiers and snowboarders were named yesterday in the British team for next month's Winter Olympics in Turin. Noel and Alain Baxter, Finlay Mickel and Roger Cruikshank are in the six-strong skiing squad, while Lesley McKenna is one of four snowboarders who will represent Team GB in Italy.
AFTER a storming first run, Scots skier Alain Baxter turned in a creditable performance to finish 12th in Landgraaf, Netherlands, in his opening FIS race of the Olympic season yesterday.
FOR his first slalom of the Olympic season Alain Baxter finds himself not on a icy glacier in Austria, but in the unusual surroundings of an indoor piste in the flattest country in the world, Holland.
SCOTS skier Alain Baxter earned 16th place in the World Championship slalom in Italy to help erase the memory of a disappointing season.
FAILING to score any World Cup points so far this season, Alain Baxter’s pleasure at having broken his barren run with a 27th place in Chamonix yesterday at the fourth Slalom of the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup season, was muted by the knowledge that, once more, he could have done better.
ALAIN BAXTER’S nightmare start to the new World Cup skiing season continued yesterday .
ALAIN BAXTER’S disappointing start to the World Cup Skiing season continued last night when he failed to qualify for the first run of a floodlit slalom at the Italian resort of Sestriere.
ALAIN Baxter is late. It’s not the first time these four words have appeared in the same sentence, since the reputation of Scotland’s top skier for being a little shambolic in the art of time- keeping does precede him. But it is rare that it does so by a full three hours.
ON the eve of France’s dominant win at Murrayfield, skiier Alain Baxter struck a blow for Scottish pride when he left the leading Gallic World Cup racers in his wake to win the French National Championships Slalom on Saturday night by 0.54 of a second.
ALAIN BAXTER today eyes a place in next month’s World Cup Finals thanks to his second best result of the World Cup season.
AFTER the disappointment of failing to finish his second run at the weekend, there was a further blow for Alain Baxter last night in Schladming, Austria when he was disqualified for an equipment infringement after lying 19th in the first run of the World Cup night slalom.
ALAIN BAXTER aims to use his anger to drive him to success in tonight's World Cup slalom.
SCOTLAND’S Alain Baxter finished a creditable 19th in the first World Cup event of the year in Flachau, Austria.
ALAIN Baxter proved Madonna was no one-hit wonder when he yesterday followed up on his 11th place in the pre-Christmas night slalom in the Italian resort of Madonna di Campiglio, by posting 18th place in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Slalom in Flachau, Austria.
FOR Alain Baxter, the 12 days of Christmas would have felt long and bleak but for his inspired 11th place on Monday night in Madonna di Campiglio, a result which has driven the Scottish skier back into top the 30 on the World Cup slalom start list.
THREE years since he first broke into the world’s top ten for the first time on the same piste, Alain Baxter proved he is still one of the world’s best slalom ski racers as he secured 11th place in a World Cup race in Italy last night.
YOU have to move fast to keep up with 29-year-old Alain Baxter. When we meet up, Britain’s No.1 skier is just back from a race in Austria and prior to catching a flight to London, he is now preparing to launch himself into yet another gruelling fitness session at Glenmore Lodge, near Aviemore.