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Baxter bares all for Olympic bid

Baxter strips off to help funding

By Anna Thompson

British skier Alain Baxter has posed naked for a calendar to raise funds to send him to the 2010 Winter Olympics.

The Scottish star has been forced into the novel money-making scheme as his funding has been cut because of poor results on the slope in recent years.

The 34-year-old revealed to BBC Sport: "It's not all nude, it's partly nude, tastefully nude I would say.

"It was a bit nerve-wracking (to pose nude) at first but I did it and they've come out all right."

The slalom specialist is attempting to qualify for his fourth Winter Games in Canada in February 2010 before retiring from the sport.

There's still older guys than me kicking about and guys winning older than me. That gives me good motivation

Alain Baxter

"My end goal is Vancouver, to finish at the Olympics," he said.

"That's the plan. Hopefully my body will hold together and I'll have a good last couple of seasons."

His World Cup season will start in Levi in Finland on 16 November but before then Baxter will compete in the second tier Europa Cup.

It costs about 10,000 for Baxter to remain on the ski circuit but his funding has been slashed in recent years as his world ranking has plummeted.

He was ranked in the top 10 in the world before the infamous Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002 - where he finished third in the slalom but had his medal taken away for failing a drugs test.

Baxter is now hovering around the 120-mark in the world rankings but he believes he can still reproduce his best form.


"Salt Lake was a long time ago and it hurt," he said.

So what does he put his recent poor form down to?

"Psychological, equipment, injuries - I've been dogged with little injuries like my back, knee, groin, all that sort of stuff," he said.

"But I'm aiming to be back in the top 30, back in the run-ins in the World Cup. If you're in the top 30 you've got a good chance of going all the way."

Baxter, who was on the winning team on the television programme Superstars this summer, is one of the elder statesmen on the circuit but that does not put him off.

"There's still older guys than me kicking about and guys winning older than me. That gives me good motivation," he added.

see also
Baxter strips off to help funding
06 Nov 08 |  Winter Sports
Baxter hails moral victory
18 Oct 02 |  Alpine Skiing
Baxter loses medal appeal
16 Oct 02 |  Other Sports

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