Olympic Slalom in Yongpyong

By tessirlande | On 19/02/2018 | Comments (0)

All pumped up by the excitement of the Giant Slalom on Thursday my second and final Olympic race was the slalom Friday on the same course in Yongpyong. Happy with my 46th place, moving up 15 places in the ranks! 

Officially Olympian! Giant Slalom in Yongpyong

By tessirlande | On 19/02/2018 | Comments (0)

After my slalom race was also postponed on Wednesday due to high winds on the course my first Olympic race was the GS Thursday. I was very nervous on the first run but happy with my second run on a daunting course, knocking 4 seconds off the time of my first run to finish in 50th place. Officially an Olympian! What could be better than that? Tomorrow the slalom! Éirinn go Brách!

Olympic blog post # 3

By tessirlande | On 12/02/2018 | Comments (1)

Racing day today but the wind won- the giant slalom will take place on Thursday! Let's go!

Olympic Opening Ceremony

By tessirlande | On 10/02/2018 | Comments (0)

So proud to parade yesterday behind our Team Ireland flagbearer Seamus O'Connor with teammates Bubba Newby Thomas Westgard and Pat McMillan. The show was extraordinary- packed with technology and poetry..

Irish Times article by Cliona Foley

By tessirlande | On 09/02/2018 | Comments (0)

A lovely article by Cliona Foley in the Irish Times retracing my journey to PyeongChang 2018:

Olympic blog post # 2

By tessirlande | On 05/02/2018 | Comments (0)

Well winter is certainly here! With temperatures as low as -19°C it is pretty cool up in Yongpyong but keeping warm with the hand warmers kindly provided by Olympic village aids.  I am training in Giant slalom on the same course as Mikaela Shiffrin...  just a little slower!

Still feels unreal to be here with all these outstanding athletes!

Olympic blog post # 1

By tessirlande | On 02/02/2018 | Comments (0)

We arrived yesterday in the Olympic village to a very warm welcome from the Olympic village volunteers and staff. I have already made a few Korean friends!

This morning I had the chance to free-ski on the slope next to the technical alpine course in Yongpyong resort- very steep and well prepared slopes. The snow is amazing!

My Olympic Dream Come True!

By tessirlande | On 30/01/2018 | Comments (0)

Huge thanks to all who have believed in me and made this incredible journey possible: my family, my coaches, the Olympic Council of Ireland and Snowsports Association of Ireland.

Olympic Council of Ireland Team Announcement for the Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang

By tessirlande | On 30/01/2018 | Comments (0)

Monday, 29th January 2018: Alpine Skiers Tess Arbez and Patrick McMillian, Cross Country Skier, Thomas Westgard, Half Pipe Skier, Bubba Newby and Snowboarder Seamus O’Connor were today confirmed by the Olympic Council of Ireland (the “OCI”) as the five athletes who have qualified to represent Ireland at the Winter Olympic Games being held in PyeongChang, South Korea from the 9th to 25th February.

Read more here:


Citizen World Cup Speed races in Passo San Pellegrino

By tessirlande | On 19/01/2018 | Comments (0)

This week I travelled to the beautiful Dolomites in Italy to race in Downhill and SuperG in the Citizen World Cup races in Passo San Pellegrino. Good fun to be back on the long planks again after a month of cancellations and poor conditions. Happy with my 10th place in Downhill!

Training in Savoie

By tessirlande | On 07/12/2017 | Comments (0)

Back to training mode in Savoie. Happy to be back on fresh snow after trying to tame the water-injected icy slopes of Kaabdalis.

My day on a plate- my nutrition programme in Stellar Magazine

By tessirlande | On 16/11/2017 | Comments (0)

In the December issue of Stellar Magazine the "My day on a Plate" article features my nutrition programme while in training, cheat meals included!

Thank you Stellar Magazine!

Stellar magazine tessstellar-magazine-tess.pdf (4.13 Mo)


Follow us on Instagram @olympicsirl

By tessirlande | On 12/10/2017 | Comments (0)

Follow Team Ireland on Instagram: @olympicsirl

Great pictures, amazing athletes.




Olympic Workshop at the Sport Ireland Institute

By tessirlande | On 11/10/2017 | Comments (0)

Just back from Dublin where I attended the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Workshop organised by the Irish Olympic Council and the Sport ireland Institute.

Lovely to catch up with my Alpine friends Pat, Kieran, Cormac and Emma and to meet other athletes from the other snowsports disciplines Thomas, Brendan (Bubba), John and Seamus for a great photoshoot. We all looked grand!

The article by Amy O'Connor in the Irish Times (11th October) "Ireland Winter Olympic hopefuls diverse and freh-faced" can be found here:




Video: Chile El Colorado SAC GS run 2

By tessirlande | On 10/09/2017 | Comments (0)

Good vibes and sleak turns in El Colorado Chile SAC GS run 2: video in Links: Liens

Thank you for your interest and support!

By tessirlande | On 09/09/2017 | Comments (0)

Some interesting figures- since the launch of this website there have been more than 8200 unique visitors and 25300 page views.

Thank you all for your interest and support! 

Tess Arbez

Speed camp in Chile El Colorado and La Parva

By tessirlande | On 09/09/2017 | Comments (0)

Adios Argentina, Ola Chile. Downhill and SuperG in El Colorado and La Parva. Beautiful conditions here, the DH race start in La Parva is pretty cool- minus 20°C at 3453m!

Races in Argentina Cerro Catedral

By tessirlande | On 09/09/2017 | Comments (0)

The road to PyeongChang 2018 starts this season with two months training and racing in the Southern Hemisphere. After a good few days of heavy snowfall my first races were the National Championship and South American Cup races in Cerro Catedral (Argentina). Very happy here, two personal best FIS point results and two podium finishes in the Under21 category. Vamos!!!

Olympic Solidarity scholarship

By tessirlande | On 10/04/2017 | Comments (0)

I am so happy and proud to be one of the five Irish recipients of an Olympic Scholarship. This scholarship will allow me to continue to train hard in the final part of the qualifying period for PyeongChang 2018.

Team Ireland announcement:

We are proud to announce that five Irish Olympic hopefuls will receive Olympic Solidarity scholarships to support their bid to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea !

The five are, Tess Arbez, Patrick McMillan, Kieran Norris who compete in Alpine Skiing, Kieran (Seamus) O’Connor, Snowboarder (slopestyle and half pipe) and Brendan Doyle in the Skeleton.

More :…/15873-five-winter-olympic-hopefuls…


By tessirlande | On 14/03/2017 | Comments (0)

Only a number..... but the result of years of training and hard work. My best ever FIS points, in GS, in Les Menuires.