Snowsports News

Introducing... Jack Gower (Alpine Skiing)

December 8, 2021
JACK Gower’s dad Richard had no idea what he let himself in for when his son called him at the start of the 2020-2021 ski season to ask for some help.Covid had made life difficult on the international circuit where teams were tightly constrained to their own  bubble and Jack’s arrangement to join a training […]


December 1, 2021
With the Winter Olympic Games just 65 days away, Irish athletes are in a period of intense competition around the world competing for the Olympic spots on offer. Athletes from ten sports are competing with chances of achieving qualification places in their events for Ireland. The Winter Olympic Games takes place in Beijing from the […]


February 4, 2021
With one year to go, Team Ireland athletes are currently competing in events around the world with an eye on the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, which run from the 4-20 February 2022. In Pyeongchang in 2018, a five strong team flew the flag for Ireland at the Winter Games, and currently athletes across nine […]

Olympic Sport Weekly Update 28 Jan 21

January 28, 2021
This evening’s weekly update includes highlights of upcoming events for both our Tokyo 2020 athletes and our Beijing 2022 athletes. You will also note that this week we have updated the number of athletes who have achieved qualifying times or spots in the Tokyo Olympics to reflect the changes to the Swim Ireland policy. This […]

Olympic Weekly Update 21 Jan 21

January 21, 2021
The Tokyo Olympic qualification status of the athletes can be found AT THIS LINK which will be regularly updated. While many athletes are currently training from home, with little competition, see below a summary of relevant updates from sports to kick off the new year. To date 52 Olympic athletes have secured Olympic qualification spots […]

Vuokatti European Youth Olympic Festival postponed to December 2021

September 25, 2020
The winter edition of the 2021 European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) has been postponed from February to December to safeguard all those involved in the event – in particular the young athletes – during the COVID-19 pandemic. The European Olympic Committees (EOC) agreed to the decision today together with the local organisers of the Vuokatti […]

European Games 2023 - List of Sports Agreed

September 14, 2020
EOC, Krakow-Małopolska agree on preliminary list of sports for European Games The European Olympic Committees (EOC) this weekend welcomed a delegation from Poland to the CONI headquarters in Rome for discussions on the 3rd edition of the European Games (EG), which are scheduled to take place in Krakow-Małopolska in summer 2023. The meeting was led […]


January 14, 2020
There were mixed fortunes for Team Ireland in the Slalom at the Winter Youth Olympics in Lausanne today, with Emma Austin finishing in a strong twenty-eighth position out of 78 starters with a time of 1:42.02 and Matt Ryan being recorded as a DNF. This was the preferred event for both athletes, who were competing […]

Slalom Disappointment for Matt Ryan with a DNF in the First Run

January 14, 2020
In the men’s event Ryan looked set for a good position, with a good opening section, but went a millimetre out on the first roll and straddled a pole, and one of his skis came off. Describing the chain of events, Ryan said, “I felt the course was going well up top, there were a […]

LISTEN: Emma Austin Reacts to 35th in Slalom Run 1

January 14, 2020
A good clean first run in the Slalom for Emma Austin netted a 35th place ranking with 51.66 seconds as she moves into the second run later today. This is the fifth day of competition for Team Ireland at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, and both Irish athletes will be in action today. […]

LISTEN - Ted Austin speaks about daughter Emma's Irish Roots

January 14, 2020
Emma Austin is competing for Ireland this week in the Winter Youth Olympic Games. Based in New Hampshire, USA, Emma is also an international player on the Irish Lacrosse team, and comes from Irish roots on both sides. Her passport comes via her paternal grandfather who was born in Clonakilty, West Cork, as one of […]


January 13, 2020
Following a strong top thirty run earlier this day, Matt Ryan was a DNF in the second run of the Giant Slalom today, after a crash dashed his hopes at the Winter Youth Olympics in Lausanne. Earlier today Ryan clocked a fast time of 1.06.80, which had him ranked 28th going into the second run […]

Twenty-Eighth for Ryan in First Run of the Giant Slalom

January 13, 2020
Matt Ryan moves into the second run of the Giant Slalom ranked 28th after clocking a time of 1.06.80 in the first race this morning. He is competing on day four of the Winter Youth Olympics in Lausanne, with the Alpine Skiing taking place in the ski resort Les Diablerets. Ryan is sitting 4.30 seconds […]


January 12, 2020
Tricky and Icy Conditions Cut Austin’s Day Short at the Youth Olympics Icy conditions and a tricky turn resulted in a DNF for Team Ireland’s Emma Austin in the Giant Slalom at the Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne today. The Irish Alpine Skier was the 58th starter in the first run, and joined nineteen other […]

Emma Austin ready to make her Game debut

January 11, 2020
Tomorrow Emma Austin makes her Games debut, competing in the Giant Slalom on day three of the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, with the first run starting at 09:00 Irish time. The Giant Slalom is an Alpine Skiing Race, where the athlete negotiates a series of poles and gates that are on the course […]


January 11, 2020
Big Performance in the Alpine Combined Slalom at the Youth Olympics A clean fast slalom run from Team Ireland’s Alpine Skier Matt Ryan saw the seventeen year old jump twenty places in the Alpine Combined today, to finish 25th overall with a time of 1:34.11 at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland. Fast […]


January 10, 2020
Ryan Finishes 45 in the Super G at the Youth Olympics Team Ireland’s action at the Winter Youth Olympics was kick started by Matt Ryan today, when he finished 45th in the Super G, with a time of 58.7 seconds. Gold went to Swedish skier Adam Hofstedt, Slovenian Rok Azneh took silver, and local interest […]

Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020 - Team Ireland Overview

January 10, 2020
Team Ireland has two athletes competing in the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne. While the Games run from the 9 - 22 January, the Irish focus will be solely on the Alpine Skiing where Matt Ryan and Emma Austin will be competing. The Athletes: Matt Ryan Matt Ryan is a seventeen year old Alpine […]

Winter Youth Olympic Opening Ceremony Focuses on the Olympic Spirit

January 9, 2020
Team Ireland is represented by two Alpine athletes, Matt Ryan and Emma Austin at the Winter Youth Olympics in Lausanne, Switzerland 2020. The Opening Ceremony took place on the 9 January, in the newly built ice hockey venue - The Lausanne Vaudoise Arena, in front of a packed house. The Opening Ceremony started with the […]

Matt Ryan Announced as Team Ireland Flagbearer

January 9, 2020
Opening Ceremony for Winter Youth Olympics Tonight at 7pm Local Time Alpine Skier Matt Ryan has been announced as the flagbearer for the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Youth Olympic Games which takes place this evening in Lausanne, the home of the Olympic movement. Ryan is one of two athletes competing for Team Ireland at […]


December 20, 2019
Two Irish athletes will be setting the pace for a jam packed year of Olympic sport, when they compete for Team Ireland in the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland in January. The Lausanne 2020 Games run from the 9 – 22 January, and the Irish interest will be in Alpine Skiing where Matt […]

Being a parent of an Irish athlete

March 12, 2019
“As a parent part of you is like ‘slow down,’ but you know that’s not the idea, so the other half of you is hoping they can go as fast as they can.” Ken Murphy, father of Ireland’s first world medallist in winter sports, Elle Murphy, described being a parent of an Irish athlete in […]

 DSQ on Second Run for Ryan in Giant Slalom at EYOF in Sarajevo

February 14, 2019
14th February 2019: It was disappointment for Matt Ryan at the Winter European Youth Olympic Festival in Bosnia and Herzegovina today, with a disqualification in the second run of the Giant Slalom. The sixteen year old who impressed in the Slalom earlier this week, finishing 25th, was in action on the final day of racing […]

Ryan Finishes 25th in Slalom at EYOF in Sarajevo

February 14, 2019
12th February 2019: Team Ireland’s Matt Ryan has finished 25th out of 104 starters in the Slalom today at the Winter European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) in Bosnia and Herzegovina today. Ryan is part of the two person team competing this week, alongside Elle Murphy who finished 40th in the Slalom yesterday. The competition runs […]

Murphy Finishes 40th in Giant Slalom at EYOF in Sarajevo

February 14, 2019
13th February 2019: Elle Murphy has finished 40th in the Giant Slalom at the Winter European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) in Bosnia and Herzegovina today. The seventeen year old improved her placing between the first and second run, finishing with an overall time of 2.28.18 just 11.8 seconds off the winner. The competition runs from […]

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Snow Sports Stars in Team Ireland Line Up for Winter EYOF in Sarajevo

January 28, 2019
The Olympic Federation of Ireland today named a 2 person team for the upcoming Winter European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) in Bosnia and Herzegovina next month. The competition runs from the 9-16 February in the Olympic host city Sarajevo and East Sarajevo. Elle Murphy and Matt Ryan both compete in the Slalom and the Giant […]

Thomas Westgaard-first podium for an Irish Cross-Country skier in an FIS race

January 26, 2018
Thomas came 3rd in the Austrian national championships on Saturday in Seefeld, the venue for next year’s Nordic Skiing World Championships. This was a 2x7.5 km race, skiathlon where the first half is in freestyle (skate) and the second in classic. Thomas was third behind Spain’s best cross-country skier and a Bulgarian with no Austrians on […]

Pyeongchang Chef de Mission Seminar

January 31, 2017
Representatives from National Olympic Committees across the world have arrived for the first of 4 days of updates. They will be briefed on different aspects of preparations while also conducting site visits to venues and other Games-time facilities for the Winter Olympics. It marks a key examination for organisers before celebrations marking a one year […]

Skinner 29th in YOG Combined Slalom

February 19, 2016
Gary Skinner finished in a time of 1:18:87 in the men's super G, 7 seconds behind the winner River Radamus from the USA. In the men's Combined Slalom he produced an excellent performance in his first ever major Games to finish inside the top 30.. Congratulations to Gary and Snowsports Association of Ireland on his […]

Top 30 finish for Skinner at YOG

February 14, 2016
Ireland's Gary Skinner produced a top 30 finish in the Lillehammer World Youth Games Men's Alpine Combined Slalom at the Hafjell Olympic Slope.Earlier he  made a solid start to the day by finishing 39th in the Alpine Combined Super-G.        



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