Andre Barbieri

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Base level fitness

Hey guys, About this time is when the mountains in the north do their summer slumber. Unless I had extra free time (and money!) to follow the snow in the south hemisphere, it’s now time to work on my base fitness. In planning now (together with the Brazilian snow federation) is that training camp which never happened last year —on this Argentinian mountain in the very south, but with Covid apparently that place isn’t going to open. The talk now has...

Races post Covid:

Hey guys, I had this plan all set up for the 2020/2021 season. I would do 3 races then would be home in a timely manner for the birth of our baby. Covid had other plans and those races were all canceled. Baby Maile was born on a very special day and thankfully it all went well. There would be 2 more races in the calendar that I was not going to be able to participate. Of course, as luck would...

11th March 2021

Folks, I’m stopping by to share some monumental news: wife Karina had a record time delivery and we welcomed baby Maile to the world! What’s amazing is that Maile came on the exact same day as my 10 year ampuversary!  Because of minor complications Maile had to go straight to the NICU. Imagine that: I had my snowboard accident and went to the ICU. Now, exactly 10 years after, our baby is born and also goes to the NICU. Talk about full...

Upcoming Training Camp

Hello everyone, In talking with the snow sports federation in Brazil, we are about to hear news regarding Beijing Winter Paralympics 2022.  I personally thought they may postpone them just like what we’re seeing in Tokyo, being that we completely missed this last season of racing (canceled due to Covid).  Apparently they won’t be postponing Beijing, just the qualification criteria may change —I’ll learn more about that as soon as they do (the federation said).  While I wait to hear about Beijing news, I’m...

For the love of the sport

Hey guys! When winter time comes I get really excited when it snows, and try to find any window to go to the mountains.  This time around, with the “stay at home order,” I could not find a place to stay in Mammoth Mountain, no hotels or Airbnb were open to public. The few people I know that have houses there, I tried reaching out with no success.  When the snow came hard and I found an opportunity to go I was there!...

Borders still closed:-(

Greetings brothers & sisters! I waited until today to post and try not to sound like a broken record. Canada is still closed for non essential traveling, meaning races aren’t happening. The official government website was going to revisit this idea on Nov 21st, and the verdict is that they’ll stay hunkered down. It makes sense. Covid cases are spiking up due to flu season in the northern hemisphere. This is not the time to be risking and traveling I guess. But I...

First race of 2020/2021 CANCELED

Hello fellow supporters and friends, I learned what I was afraid was going to happen. The 2 season openers, which were indoor races both in Dubai (October) and in Sweden (November) were canceled due to Covid. I was planing on racing the one in Sweden. And was really hoping it was going to happen. But things were not very promising and then finally it was official, canceled:-( What to do now? Keep training and focusing on the next one, which...

DEDICATION

Hey hey! A good talking point is the inspiration to train or do something in general. We all know there can always be an excuse to not train. But when you want to reach the highest level of competition, excuses are no good. You have to give your all to deserve to be there. This is something I learned from my triathlon former coach, Jack Bianchi, “I can’t teach you motivation” he said. He could give me all the training drills...

Game changer:

Greetings friends, Andre here again, sharing awesome news:)) It’s quite safe now to announce that Karina and I are expecting another baby!! Stella is going to be a big sister!! It’s about to get really busy again, all that fun baby stuff that a lot of you know about... We decided we won’t find out the sex until birth. Never thought I would be ok with this but I’m extremely peaceful with it. All that we care is that baby is healthy....

PossAbilities MAKES it possible

Hey hey, hope everyone is keeping it together, one day at a time. I would like to take a moment to appreciate Team PossAbilities. I do always appreciate them and also count my blessings. How lucky am I or are us to have them in our lives?! In changing sports, due to the circumstances I was sort of heading into the unknown. Of course I did my homework and had been studying the possibilities if I were to do it. But...