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December 21, 2012

Wikinews interviews United States disability skier Jasmin Bambur

Wikinews interviews United States disability skier Jasmin Bambur

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Wikinews reporter LauraHale interviews United States Paralympic skier Jasmin Bambur

Recently, Wikinews spent time with with United States Paralympic skier Jasmin Bambur who was at Copper Mountain, Colorado for the IPC Nor-Am Cup.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png We’re interviewing Jasmin Bambur. He is a guy. He’s from Serbia, right?

Jasmin Bambur: Yes, ma’am, I am from Serbia but I race for US Paralympic.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png How did a Serb end up racing for the USA?

Jasmin Bambur: It’s very simple. You just get married to a fine American lady and she give you citizenship and you ski fast and you get on the team. That’s very simple.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Why do the Australians love you so?

Jasmin Bambur: We’re a very small community, as ski racers, and we’re always great friends. So we kind of hang out together and help each other out. And then in the end, depends who wins, either hate them or love them.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png They said you’re some sort of professional racquetball player or something?

Jasmin Bambur: It’s actually team handball. It’s a sport [where] you have seven players like rugby. And yes, I played it professionally until I was 18 in Europe. And when war started in Kosovo, I moved to the United States and that’s how I end up here.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png You weren’t always a sit skier?

Jasmin Bambur: I am a sit skier now but actually the reason I am a sit skier is I had a car accident in 2000. I fell asleep driving. Driving and sleeping don’t go together. I don’t know why.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Yeah, that’s a difficult lesson to learn. So how have you been doing at this event?

Jasmin Bambur: Skiing? I’ve been skiing for about ten years, racing about four. And so far it’s going great.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png You won a medal, at this thing, right? One of these days?

Jasmin Bambur: I won two medals in Super G, two third places, and yesterday I got second place in slalom.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png And what’s your favourite one?

Jasmin Bambur: Favourite is Super G.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Because you go fast?

Jasmin Bambur: Yes, fast and very little turning. So that’s my pick[?].

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Thank you very, very much.

Jasmin Bambur: No problem.

Jasmin Bambur at Solitude Station on Copper Mountain.
Image: Bidgee.

Jasmin Bambur competing in the Super G during the 2012 IPC Nor Am Cup at Copper Mountain, Colorado.
Image: Bidgee.



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December 17, 2012

Wikinews interviews Australian disability standing skier Jonty O\’Callaghan

Wikinews interviews Australian disability standing skier Jonty O’Callaghan

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Wikinews reporter LauraHale interviews Australian Paralympic skier Jonty O’Callaghan

Recently, Wikinews spent time with with Australian Paralympic skier Jonty O’Clallaghan who was in Copper Mountain, Colorado for the IPC Nor-Am Cup.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png I’m interviewing Jonty O’Callaghan, one of the Australian skiers with the IPC [International Paralympic Committee] Nor-Am Cup, and you’re a fifteen-year-old?

Jonty O’Callaghan: Yup. Yeah, I’ve been skiing since I was about ten and I really enjoy racing.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png I talked to your father, he said you’re kind of thinking Sochi?

Jonty O’Callaghan: It’s the matter of if I qualify by getting enough good races and points.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png How do you balance skiing with doing school?

Jonty O’Callaghan: Over the past few years in Australia I’ve been doing full time in tenth grade in the Australian winter, which means the school at the mountain brings up my work from my home school in Melbourne to do up at the mountain when I’m not skiing.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Since you’re not on the development team, do you get enough support or your parents are supporting this?

Jonty O’Callaghan: Yeah, my parents support me all the way. I’ve never doubted their support always though the journeys and I [thank them] for their support throughout and continuing through my journeys.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png What classification are you?

Jonty O’Callaghan: I am LW9-1.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png What does that mean for people who know nothing about classification?

Jonty O’Callaghan: I basically have a disability on the right side of my body.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Yep.

Jonty O’Callaghan: which weakens two of my limbs and which means I favor my left side a lot more.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Did you have that from birth?

Jonty O’Callaghan: Yeah, it was caused by premature birth.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Do you do any other sports anything other than skiing or are you one of those Australian ski bunnies?

Jonty O’Callaghan: I’ve done a lot of sports doing my journey, I’ve always played cricket, Australian football, played a little tennis, and I like golf too as a hobby.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Are you going to and be one of those dual Paralympians for Winter and Summer?

Jonty O’Callaghan: No, because I don’t think any other sports I like are in the Summer Olympics. I think I’ll pursue them after I finished my skiing career, because cricket you can do when you’re much older.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Is there anything else people should know about you?

Jonty O’Callaghan: Yeah, I’m just looking forward to the future and hoping for the best and maybe some medals.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Okay cool, thank you very much.

Jonty O’Callaghan at Solitude Station on Copper Mountain
Image: Bidgee.

Jonty O’Callaghan at an awards ceremony IPC Nor-Am Cup
Image: LauraHale.

Jonty O’Callaghan competing in the slalom during the last day of the IPC Nor-Am Cup
Image: Bidgee.

Australian Paralympic skier Jonty O’Callaghan in his first run earlier today
Image: LauraHale.



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December 15, 2012

Wikinews interviews Australian sit skier Lincoln Budge

Wikinews interviews Australian sit skier Lincoln Budge

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Wikinews reporter LauraHale interviews Australian Paralympic skier Lincoln Budge

Recently, Wikinews spent time with with Australian Paralympic skier Lincoln Budge who was in Copper Mountain, Colorado for this week’s IPC Nor-Am Cup.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png I’m interviewing Lincoln Budge, one of Australia’s development team skiers, who is here at the IPC [International Paralympic Committee] Nor-Am Cup and you’re not skiing today?

Lincoln Budge: Well I skied first run.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Ooh, a DNF [Did not finish].

Lincoln Budge: DNF, so nothing else for the rest of the afternoon now.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png So how have you preformed in the past days?

Lincoln Budge: I’ve done pretty well in the previous days. I’ve finished every race till now which has been good, I’ve improved my points on what I’ve had previously, so I’m progressing slowly and, yeah, it’s good.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png What classification are you?

Lincoln Budge: LW11.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Are you shooting for Sochi or are you just kind of developing now with the idea of the next one [Winter Paralympics] in 2018?

Lincoln Budge: I’d like to go to Sochi, but realistically it’s probably not going to happen, I’ve only been skiing for three years, so. Yeah.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png And you’re from some town that’s really hard to pronounce in Australia.

Lincoln Budge: Yes, Yackandandah.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png What state is this in?

Lincoln Budge: Victoria, north east Victoria

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png So Victoria is the state that produces all the great Australian skiers?

Lincoln Budge: Correct, Victoria is the state to be in.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png How long have you been in the development team?

Lincoln Budge: Been skiing for almost three years now.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png On the development team or just period?

Lincoln Budge: Period but I pretty much got onto the development team […] days in[?], so all my skiing has been with the team.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png You never considered doing the nordic skiing?

Lincoln Budge: No way. [laughs] That’s way too much dedication.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Where do you like to ski and which, like Super G, Slalom, is your favourite?

Lincoln Budge: Down hill would be the one I’ve enjoyed most so far. It’s fast, obviously, a speed event, and the whole build-up to it, ‘s really fun and I enjoy the speed events.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Where do you like to ski? Are you one of these people likes to come to the US, or do you think Victoria’s got the best ski fields in the world?

Lincoln Budge: US is pretty good, I’ve sort of skied quite a few hills. I’ve based somewhere different each year so far. […] I don’t really have a preferred one.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Considering how expensive skiing is, do you think you’re getting adequate support from everyone to enable you to continue your ski career?

Lincoln Budge: Yeah, at the moment I’m getting good support from the team and everyone, which is really good and hopefully financially I can keep doing it into the future.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png As someone watching skiing: can you throw your monoski over your shoulder and transport it that way?

Lincoln Budge: I can if I want to but I’ve got a set of wheels that I clip the rig into so I can push it around more easily than putting it on me shoulder. I cart skis[?] around on my shoulder, but I’ve got a set of wheels, just to make it easier.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Ok, thank you very very much.

Lincoln Budge at Solitude Station on Copper Mountain
Image: Bidgee.

Lincoln Budge competing in the Super G during the first day of the IPC Nor-Am Cup
Image: Bidgee.

Lincoln Budge competing in the Super G during the second day of the IPC Nor-Am Cup
Image: Bidgee.

Lincoln Budge competing in the slalom during the first day of the IPC Nor-Am Cup
Image: LauraHale.



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Wikinews interviews Australian sit skier Victoria Pendergast

Wikinews interviews Australian sit skier Victoria Pendergast

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Wikinews reporter LauraHale interviews Australian Paralympic skier Victoria Pendergast

Yesterday, Wikinews spent time with with Australian Paralympic skier Victoria Pendergast who was in Copper Mountain, Colorado for this week’s IPC Nor-Am Cup.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png I’m interviewing Victoria Pendergast who is an Australian female sit skier on the development team.

Victoria Pendergast: Yer, that’s right.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png How have you been doing here [Copper Mountain] so far?

Victoria Pendergast: Yer, its been alright. Like some races not so good, other races I was pretty happy with the results. We’ve got Winter Park to look forward to, so bit of a warm-up, but, trying to get results.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png Before this [skiing] the other sport you’ve done is athletics? You competed at that for the games or was that somebody else?

Victoria Pendergast: No, that was me. I did it for the school, did shot put and did swimming for a bit.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png Why would someone switch from athletics to be a crazy mono skier?

Victoria Pendergast: It was a bit of a crazy sort of events kinda went here with my family and then one thing lead to another and like wanted to give sit skiing a go.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png Australia doesn’t have many female sit skiers, are you shooting for Sochi?

Victoria Pendergast: It would be nice to get it. It’d be a bit hard to get points to get into it but, you know, if I can get the points to get into Sochi, I’ve got some […].

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png Cool. Thank you very much.

Victoria Pendergast at Solitude Station on Copper Mountain
Image: Bidgee.

Victoria Pendergast competing in the Super G during the second day of the IPC Nor-Am Cup
Image: Bidgee.

The competition board following the first run of the slalom earlier the day of the interview on Copper Mountain on the final day of the IPC Nor-Am Cup. Victoria is nember 15, 2012

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