The Sochi 2014 Olympics are done and dusted and it is difficult to describe the magnitude of the experience. I have been in Australia for a few weeks now, back to the real world of university. Which has given me some time to reflect on the games.
The Olympics exceeded my expectations for sure. The event was by far the biggest event I had competed in, from the size of the course to the support we were given on and off the hill. In the end I am proud of what I achieved and how I skied on the day, the result just didn't turn out the way I wanted it to.
Firstly I would like to thank al the people who have helped me along the trip. My parents and family have been my biggest supporter over the last four years and since I started skiing, without them everything would have been a more difficult.
To all my sponsors and in-particular my home mountain and resort, Mt Buller. They have not only shown their support for me over the lead up to Sochi, however over the past 20 years of my skiing life. Multiple athletes that competed at the 2014 Olympics started out skiing on Bourke St at Mt Buller many years ago and have progressed to where they are today. I think this is a reflection upon the mountain and the communities continual involvement and commitment to snow sports. To the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia, NSWIS and the AIS for the program that they have supplied over the last year.
To my support team & team members who do not only train and race with me, but also live and travel the world with me. The journey has been great, with many ups and downs, but thanks for making it a memorable four years. In particular Matt Lyons, Ski Cross Head Coach, for getting me involved with Ski Cross and continually going above and beyond to give us the best opportunity to succeed. Hope the next part of your life will be as enjoyable as this one.
So below you can find a short recap of my time at Sochi and a bunch of photos from the event thanks to Getty Images. Thanks for following me and keeping up to date on my journey!
My experience of competing was different than I had expected. I though that the competition was going to be more stressful and intimidating. However I was probably the most relaxed and comfortable I had been in a competition. I recall on the lift ride to the top of the course after inspection for our first training run how relaxed I was. Just after looking at it for the first time left me with a smile just knowing how fun it would be to ski it. The feeling you usually only get after having a close race with someone down the track.
My skiing just followed on through in a similar manner. Throughout all of the training days I always tried skiing with someone if possible, mostly Scott and Filip Flisar. Figuring out the course beside these guys was enjoyable, and I felt like I had some good momentum on the course. Race day came quicker than expected and after the seeding run I was in 5th position, re-affirming the way I thought I was skiing in training.
The finals did not go to plan, missing my start reaction and not executing the start section didn't help me. As I was trying to make a pass into second, I immediately got passed by two Austrians. In the end I overshot a jump into a compression, which made me sit back over the next “aztec” feature and crash, ending my Olympic campaign. I finished up in 25th, nowhere where I wanted to be, however that is how the cookie crumbles sometimes.
Despite the result I was pleased with how I skied and how far I have come over the last four years. My skiing was feeling better than ever and I was confident in my ability to generate speed down the course. Missing my start and getting caught up made it difficult for me to advance, and something that did not go my way on the day. The experience now only gives me more motivation in the next four years to keep improving.
Thanks everyone for the support. The last four years have been awesome and I am looking forward to the seasons to come!