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IRISH WINTER SPORTS HIGHLIGHT OPPORTUNITY FOR PRIVATELY FUNDED PERMANENT ICE-FACILTY

September 8, 2022
CHL CONSULTING FEASIBILITY STUDY PUBLISHED AND STAKEHOLDER MEETINGS UNDERWAY WORLD GOVERNING BODIES IN DUBLIN TO GIVE BACKING Today the Irish Winter Sports Strategy Coordination Group, strengthened their case for the construction of a National Winter Sports Centre in Ireland by publishing  the findings of a feasibility study conducted by CHL consulting and presenting a private […]

Irish Winter Sports Strategy

April 12, 2022
The Olympic Federation of Ireland, today launched the Irish Winter Sports Strategy, together with the National Winter Sports Federations. This is a significant strategy which aims to overhaul and energise the winter sports environment in Ireland, and calls for a strategic approach to be taken in supporting and developing Winter Olympians, winter athletes and winter […]

Winter EYOF Vuokatti 2022: Meet Team Ireland

April 1, 2022
The Irish tricolour is being proudly flown by four athletes competing in the Winter European Youth Olympic Festival in Vuokatti, Finland. The all-female team consists of Megan Ryan, Charlotte Turner and Kailey Murphy who are competing  in the Alpine Skiing events whilst Elizabeth Golding is making history as the first Irish figure skater. Whilst the […]

ELIZABETH GOLDING NAMED AS TEAM IRELAND FLAGBEARER FOR THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE EYOF

March 25, 2022
Elizabeth Golding has been named as the Team Ireland flagbearer for the Closing Ceremony of the European Youth Olympic Festival in Vuokatti, Finland. The Dubai based athlete, with Dublin and Wicklow roots was the first ever figure skater to compete for Team Ireland in an Olympic event. Throughout the event she performed strongly finishing with […]

GOLDING GETS SEASON BEST AT FIGURE SKATING DEBUT

March 23, 2022
SECOND DAY OF ACTION FOR TEAM IRELAND AT THE EYOF IN VUOKATTI Team Ireland’s Elizabeth Golding produced a season best in the junior women’s figure skating short programme at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Vuokatti, Finland today. The 17-year-old is the first Irish figure skater to represent Ireland in an Olympic event, and finished […]

TURNER JUST OUTSIDE QUALIFICATION IN EXCITING OPENING ROUND IN PARALLEL SLALOM

March 23, 2022
SECOND DAY OF ACTION FOR TEAM IRELAND AT THE EYOF IN VUOKATTI Team Ireland’s Charlotte Turner missed qualification for the finals in the Parallel slalom today by 1.50 seconds. Three Irish Alpine Skiers contested the exciting short race where athletes competed side by side with each other. The top thirty finishers move to the finals […]

CHARLOTTE TURNER TOPS IRISH FINISHERS WITH 44 IN SLALOM

March 22, 2022
FIRST DAY OF ACTION FOR TEAM IRELAND AT THE EYOF IN VUOKATTI Team Ireland’s European Youth Olympic Festival in Vuokatti, Finland began today with three Alpine Skiers competing in the Girl’s Slalom. The multi-sport event takes place every second year and marks a significant development stage for an athlete, with the competition simulating a senior […]

COMPETITION SET TO BEGIN FOR TEAM IRELAND TOMORROW AT EYOF IN VUOKATTI, FINLAND

March 21, 2022
Competition begins with the Girl’s Slalom on Tuesday Competition for Team Ireland at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Vuokatti, Finland is to begin tomorrow, Tuesday 22 March, with three athletes competing in the Girl’s Slalom. The EYOF is a significant event in the development of athletes, as it simulates an Olympic competition in a […]

MEGAN RYAN NAMED AS TEAM IRELAND FLAGBEARER IN EYOF

March 20, 2022
MEGAN RYAN NAMED AS TEAM IRELAND FLAGBEARER IN CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE EYOF IN VUOKATTI, FINLAND Four Athletes to Compete in Multi-Sport Winter Event Alpine Skier Megan Ryan will carry the flag for Team Ireland at the Opening Ceremony of the European Olympic Youth Festival (EYOF) in Vuokatti, Finland tonight, 20 March 2022, at 6pm […]

CHEF DE MISSION REFLECTS ON A FANTASTIC GAMES

February 21, 2022
Speaking at the end of what has been a successful Games for Team Ireland at the Beijing Winter Olympics, Chef de Mission Nancy Chillingworth describes an event that saw top performances from Irish athletes, all the more special considering the challenges faced by the athletes in the lead up to the event. This has been […]

Team Ireland in Beijing - Closing Ceremony

February 20, 2022
THOMAS MALONEY WESTGAARD NAMED AS FLAGBEARER FOR CLOSING CEREMONY Thomas Maloney Westgaard has been named as the flagbearer for Team Ireland in the Closing Ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing. The ceremony takes place in the Bird’s Nest stadium at 12 noon Irish time. Maloney Westgaard was both the first Irish athlete to […]

TEAM IRELAND IN BEIJING 2022 - THOMAS MALONEY WESTGAARD 29TH IN 50KM MASS START FREE

February 19, 2022
DAY FIFTEEN: TEAM IRELAND IN BEIJING 2022  29th FOR THOMAS MALONEY WESTGAARD IN THE CROSS-COUNTRY 50KM Closing out the Team Ireland action in the Beijing Winter Olympic Games, Thomas Maloney Westgaard finished 29th in the Cross-Country Skiing 50km Mass Start Free, an event that was reduced on the day to 28km due to strong winds […]

DAY THIRTEEN: TEAM IRELAND IN BEIJING 2022 - BUBBA 20th FREESKI HALFPIPE

February 17, 2022
20th FOR BUBBA NEWBY IN THE FREESTYLE SKIING HALFPIPE Double Olympian Brendan Newby has finished 20th in the qualifying rounds of the Freestyle Skiing Halfpipe today, with a score of 47.0 which was achieved in the second run. The top twelve finishers in qualification move to the finals on the 19th February, where they contest […]

TEAM IRELAND IN BEIJING - 25th FOR JACK GOWER IN THE GIANT SLALOM

February 13, 2022
DAY NINE: TEAM IRELAND IN BEIJING 2022   25th FOR JACK GOWER IN THE GIANT SLALOM Alpine Skier Jack Gower today finished 25th in his final race of the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, the Giant Slalom. On the back of his fantastic twelfth place in the Alpine Combined earlier on in the week, Gower […]

TEAM IRELAND BEIJING - THOMAS MALONEY WESTGAARD 14TH 15KM CLASSIC

February 11, 2022
14th FOR THOMAS MALONEY WESTGAARD IN 15KM CLASSIC It was another good day for Team Ireland at the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, with a fantastic fourteenth place for Thomas Maloney Westgaard in the Cross-Country Skiing 15km Classic. Competing in his second Olympics, the 26 year-old had been targeting a top fifteen result in this […]

TEAM IRELAND BEIJING - TWELFTH IN ALPINE COMBINED FOR JACK GOWER

February 10, 2022
Jack Gower, the sole Team Ireland athlete in action today, finished 12th overall in the Alpine Combined event at the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing today.  Competing in his first Olympics, Gower started the day strong with fourteenth in the Downhill, before going two places better in the Slalom, and an overall time of 2:37.74 […]

TEAM IRELAND - BEIJING DAY FIVE - Snowboard, Slalom

February 9, 2022
O’CONNOR 15th IN SNOWBOARD HALFPIPE, 48th FOR ARBEZ IN SLALOM Today Snowboarder Seamus O’Connor became the first Team Ireland athlete to ever compete in three Winter Olympic Games, when he finished fifteenth in the Halfpipe with a score of 57.0. Tess Arbez was also in action, finishing 48th overall in the Women’s Slalom after two […]

TEAM IRELAND - DAY FOUR AM - Jack Gower Super-G

February 8, 2022
JACK GOWER JOINS LONG LIST OF DNFS IN SUPER-G There was disappointment for Jack Gower in the Men’s Super-G today in Yangqing, when he joined a long list of DNFs for the Men’s Super-G at the Winter Olympic Games. The 27-year-old was the only Team Ireland athlete in action in the morning session of day […]

DAY THREE AM: TEAM IRELAND IN BEIJING 2022 - Tess GS, Jack DH

February 7, 2022
GOWER – 31st IN DOWNHILL, DNF FOR ARBEZ IN GIANT SLALOM   Today saw two Alpine Skiers in action for Ireland at the Winter Olympics, with Jack Gower competing in the Downhill event which was rescheduled from yesterday morning, and Tess Arbez in the Giant Slalom. Both competitions were based in the Yangqing zone and […]

REACTION: First day of competition for Team Ireland in Beijing 2022

February 6, 2022
MALONEY WESTGAARD KICK STARTS IRISH CAMPAIGN – DOWNHILL RESCHEDULED Team Ireland action at the Winter Olympics kicked off today in Zhangjiakou with Thomas Maloney Westgaard finishing 43rd in the 15km + 15km Skiathlon. The Men’s Downhill event in Alpine Skiing that was meant to take place earlier in the day was rescheduled until tomorrow due […]

TEAM IRELAND MEDIA GUIDE - BEIJING 2022

February 4, 2022
BEIJING 2022 OPENING CEREMONY TODAY COMPLETE MEDIA GUIDE TO TEAM IRELAND IN BEIJING REVEALED Today’s opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games takes place today in the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing city. The ceremony that marks the opening of the Games which will run from the 4 – 20 February 2022, will be held […]

ALLIANZ TEAM IRELAND FLAGBEARER ANNOUNCEMENT

February 1, 2022
BRENDAN ‘BUBBA’ NEWBY AND ELSA DESMOND NAMED AS FLAGBEARERS FOR TEAM IRELAND AT THE WINTER OLYMPICS Beijing 2022 Flagbearer Announcement to Coincide with the Lunar New Year Brendan Newby and Elsa Desmond have been named as the flagbearers for Team Ireland for the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Beijing later this week. The […]

Beijing Schedule - Team Ireland (31 Jan)

January 31, 2022
While the schedules will change a little as we get closer to the Games, the overall look of Team Ireland at the Games will see most of the competition in the first half of the Games for Irish athletes - with five of the six athletes competing in the first week! Noting all the times […]

Winter Circuit Challenge for the Road to Beijing Launched

January 29, 2022
Last week we officially launched the OFI Dare to Believe Road to Beijing, inviting school children around the country to join us on an interactive journey to Beijing, celebrating winter sports, Team Ireland and the Chinese culture along the way. One of the goals of Road to Beijing is to get children active in a […]

TEAM IRELAND BEIJING ANNOUNCEMENT

January 24, 2022
Six Irish Athletes Set to Compete in Beijing 2022 Team Announced in Association with Deloitte, Proud Partner to Team Ireland Team Ireland has officially named the team that will compete in the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing in just over ten days. Six athletes have been named and they will compete throughout the Games which […]

Introducing... Thomas Maloney Westgaard (Cross Country Skiing)

January 22, 2022
IRISH cross-country skier Thomas Maloney Westgaard admits that, in some ways, his life has been unaffected by the global pandemic. “As an endurance athlete you’re nearly always paranoid about your health. If you’re in good shape but get a cold in this game it will take weeks before you’re back on track so you’re always […]

Introducing...Seamus O'Connor (Snowboard)

January 17, 2022
SEAMUS O’Connor may only be 24  but the halfpipe snowboarder is already a two-time Olympian and the eminence gris of Irish snow sports. Raised in California, with paternal grandparents from Drogheda and Dublin, he made history in Sochi eight years ago when he wasn’t just Ireland’s first Olympic snowboarder but also, aged 16, the youngest […]

Introducing...Bubba Newby (Freestyle Halfpipe Skier)

January 10, 2022
A SPECIAL childhood memory and the introduction of his sport into the Winter Olympics meant Brendan ‘Bubba’ Newby (25) achieved his childhood dream in PyeongChang  four years ago. “My dad took me to a couple of the events at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City and since then I always wanted to be an […]

Introducing...Alec Scott (Alpine Skiing)

January 4, 2022
ALEC Scott’s Irish grandad Thomas taught him many invaluable life lessons and sport skills except in the one in which he now excels. “My grandpa is honestly the fittest man I know. He was born in Dublin but grew up in Belfast and moved to Australia when he was around 21. “Right into his 80s […]

Introducing...Claire Dooley (Freestyle Skiing)

January 4, 2022
Most ‘holiday’ skiers prefer groomed slopes and get the collywobbles at the sight of the ‘bumps.’ When you enter a slope with bumps or ‘moguls’, turns come thick and fast and you pick up speed swiftly with little room to control it. If your technique is poor there is usually only one way it ends […]
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