Hi Guys! My name is Tim Cafe, I am an Alpine Ski Racer from Queenstown, New Zealand. Read on for a little blurb about me and a stereotypical question-answer style bio…
This is me with my skis at home. The autumn leaves in Queenstown are stunning, and are a forewarning of the winter to come!.
Some kids have posters of the things they love on their wall. But my bedroom window looked straight out at Coronet Peak, my local ski resort. With an ex-ski instructor Dad and a Mum who worked on and loved the mountains too, it’s no surprise that I started skiing there at the age of three.
It’s also the hill I skied down with the Olympic flame in one hand on its 2000 journey to Sydney. I never wanted to let go. This inspired me to achieve my goal of competing at Vancouver 2010; and my experience at Vancouver has inspired me to step up to another level and aim for Sochi 2014!
So this website is a snapshot of how I’ve got to this point, how I’m currently doing and how I hope to get to the next stage.
I couldn’t even think about doing all this without superb support from my sponsors, my family and our friends and this is a great place for me to say a huge thank you.
So welcome to the site and please feel free to drop me a line sometime.
Born: August 12, 1987, Invercargill
Home town: Queenstown, New Zealand
First skied: Coronet Peak, aged three
Wakatipu Ski Club, Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown Alpine Ski Team
Queenstown Alpine Ski Team from age 10 to 17
New Zealand Ski Team age 17 to present
National titles – 10
Competing at Vancouver 2010 Olympics
Skied with Olympic flame in 2000 torch relay
Graduated Wakatipu High School, 2004
BCom in Marketing, University of Otago, 2008
Studying BA in Philosophy, to be completed in 2011, University of Otago
Languages (fluent) – English, Spanish
Languages (passable) – French, Italian, German
Languages (romantically) – Hungarian
Languages (ceremonial) Maori
Languages (late at night) – Most, from Welsh to Swahili
Racing type: Purist
Influences: Hermann and Bode and Aksel
Favourite (other) sports: Golf and Tennis.
Hobbies: The art of discourse, Political Philosophy, Wikipedia, Weather Guru.
Preferred foods: Least fussy eater of all time, but physically allergic to peanuts and psychologically allergic to brussel sprouts.
Preferred music: I have an eclectic taste in music. I like old 80s and 90s rap, techno/trance/house, lounge, and some rock. Examples – Grandmaster Flash, People Under The Stairs, Souls of Mischief, Pryda, Mike Rish and Led Zeppelin.
Preferred movies: Favourite movies are Donny Darko, Lost in Translation, The Life Aquatic, Zoolander, Amélie, La Vita è Bella, Ocean’s trilogy. Oh, let’s not forget any ski movie by Warren Miller.
Dislikes: Closed mindedness, dogmas, the evolution of rap, slow drivers and Easterlies.
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