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Duane Butcher

National Team

 

Date of Birth:  October 3rd, 1981
Ski Club/s: Birkebeiner Nordic Ski Club, Australia. Skurdalen IL, Norway.
Coach/Advisors:  Eirik Pedersen, Finn Marsland
Years Skiing: About 12
Home Town: Mt Beauty, Australia
Home Resort: Falls Creek, Australia
Favourite Resorts:  Falls Creek, Geilo (NOR) Hollmenkollen (NOR).
Height:  183cm
Weight: 78kg
Occupation: Skier


 

Ultimate Training Session:   Speed work or a heavy session in the gym.

Loves:  Making improvements in training/fitness, pushing the limits, and a good all-out sprint finish (against a worthy opponent)!

Hates:  Sickness and injuries really get me down, so does sitting in traffic- it reveals a darker side of rage within me...

Other InterestsMusic (listening or making my own), fishing, surfing, riding, webpage design, film-making, photography.

Favourite Meal:  It's hard to beat a nice BIG juicy porterhouse steak with mash and veges.

Favourite Movie: Batman Begins

Favourite TV: Eurosport Winter Park, Extreme Sports Channel, Borat's Guide to Britain, House, Inspector Rex.

Favourite CD: I lost my entire CD collection this season (in Jindy), so now I only listen to MP3's- they don't take up space in my luggage- and they're FREE!

Last Book Read: Skisport

Who would you most like to go skiing with?   Anyone who enjoys their skiing as much as I do.

What is your ultimate dream in XC-Skiing?   To achieve that ever-illusive balance between work and poverty, training and rest, success and sanity... getting to the point where everything's working perfectly and I can ski my best.


 

Competitive History: 

Year

Competition

Distance/Style

Place

2006

Kangaroo Hoppet

42km Freestyle

16th

2006

Australian Championships

Sprint Freestyle

5th (4th AUS)

2005

Australian Championships

10km Classic

7th

2005

Victorian Championships

Sprint Classic

4th

2004

Australian Championships

Sprint Freestyle

3rd

2004

Victorian Championships

Sprint Freestyle

5th

2003

Kangaroo Hoppet

42km Freestyle

19th

2003

Australian Championships

Sprint Freestyle

5th

2003

Victorian Championships

Sprint Freestyle

2nd

2003

World Cup, Borlange, Sweden

Sprint Freestyle

73rd (14.4%)

2003

World Championships, Val Di Fiemme, Italy

Sprint Freestyle

64th (14.8%)

2002

Australian Championships

Sprint Freestyle

3rd (2nd AUS)

2002

Victorian Championships

Sprint Freestyle

3rd

2002

NSW Championships

Sprint Freestyle

1st

2001

Australian Championships

Sprint Freestyle

5th (4th AUS)

2001

Australian Birkebeiner

21km Freestyle

7th

2001

World Junior Championships, Poland

Sprint Freestyle

88th (14.7%)

2000

Australian Championships

Sprint Freestyle

6th

2000

Australian Championships

10km Classic

7th

2000

Australian Junior Championships

10km Skate

2nd M18

2000

Australian Junior Championships

10km Classic

2nd M18

1999

Victorian Junior Championships

10km Skate

1st M16

1999

Victorian Championships

15km Skate Open

5th

1999

Australian Junior Championships

10km Skate

4th M16

1999

Australian Junior Championships

10km Classic

5th M16


Equipment:

Skis - Atomic
Poles - Toko
Boots - Salomon
Bindings - Salomon

Personal Sponsors:  Atomic, Toko, Oakley.

 

Updated October 2006


 

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