Anton Grimus
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Nakiska Recap & 4/5 Pre-Christmas Races Cancelled

So it has surely been a slow start to the season, being over here since md-september and losing the first 4 of 5 races of the World Cup season has been a tad frustrating. The snow conditions have been a bit crazy over here in the Northern Winter. The glaciers have been perfect and have had plenty of snow since I arrived three months ago, however there has been a lack of snow in mostly all low-lying resorts which has effected our racing schedule greatly. Below is a shot of San Candido 3days ago, usually a great event which has been cancelled/postponed for this season.

San Candido on the Wednesday 10th December.

Last weekend we had the Nakisha WC, we have been travelling non-stop since then so I haven’t had time to stop and write a post. The track was great, some big jumps, a technical start and plenty of burms made for a great start to the season. Qualification went very smoothly, coming into 2nd place behind my training mate Johnny Rohrweck from Austria. It showed on the weekend that the Austrians are strong, 3 of the top 10 qualifiers were from Austria with me making this 4/10. With Thomas Zangerl (AUT) also winning the World Cup the following day it shows that I have been in a great environment over the past three months.

 

 

 

 

The finals did not end up how I would have liked them to. I didn’t have the best start out of the gate, putting me in 3rd position. It was here I tried passing on a banked turn, however being pinched out at the gate by two Swiss athletes was not ideal. I ended up through the panel and with my hip on the ground. I then proceeded to pushing along the flats to the finish. I finished in 25th position, a disappointing result coming off a very positive qualification. My team mate, Sami Kennedy-Sim, managed to put in a top 16 result and finished up in 16th. Good to get one on the board.

 

 

 

 

(Had a gooood coffee in Calgary!)

 

Since last weeked we have travelled back to Europe in hope of their being races being held in San Candido, as we found out today this was not to be. For me the next few weeks will be spent at home in AUS, getting some summer in and having a greater focus on my fitness ahead of a busy Janurary including World Championships in Kreischberg. Looking at putting the positives from the last 3 months and Nakiska into the upcoming races in 2015.

Merry Christmas!

Sochi Bound/Kreischberg World Cup……….

As you may have seen from my latest facebook post, all is confirmed for Sochi in a few weeks. Pretty stoked to make the team officially, has always been at the top of my list to tick off. The games are literally around the corner, but as the Ski Cross in Sochi is towards the end of the Olympic schedule we will be departing later than most team. Flying out from Munich on the 10th of February. Thank you for everyone who has supported me along the way and over the past few years to be able to gain selection. Most of all thanks to my family and friends, but also Mt Buller, OWIA, NSWIS and SSA for making it all possible.

 

The past weekend we had our final World Cup leading up to Sochi in Kreischberg, Austria. This is where the 2015 Freestyle World Championships will be held next year. It turned out to be quite a successful event. Originally Kreischberg was not looking great due to the lack of snow, which on arrival was still present. There was no snow apart from the track. As you can see below, even after a dusting of snow there was not much around the track. Here are some shots from the Kreishber and training.

Kreiscberg Ski Cross Track (Credit: GEPA)

Training on the track (Credit: GEPA)

Training with my norwegian boy, Bastian. (Credit: GEPA)

Training on Quali Day (Credit: GEPA)

Training for the event went well. The course was a lot shorter than previous courses, however had a few technical aspects that had the potential to destroy your speed if they were not skied well. I was feeling good on my skis and the track, making the lines that I had planned. In qualifications I made a small error coming onto the flat, however still managed to qualify into 21st position and confirm a start for finals.

Heat 1 (Credit: GEPA)

Heat 2 (Credit: GEPA)

 

Heat 2 (Credit: GEPA)

 

Heat 1 (Credit: GEPA)

In the first final I had some interesting competition. I was up against Dave Duncan (He has won 2 World Cups this season), Michael Schmid (2010 Vancouver Olympic Winner) and Blaz Ogorelc (Yound Slovenian Racer). Was good to be able to put in a solid run with these guys, as Michael and Dave are both currently in form. Michael came third on the day. I executed my plan and it showed.

However I was knocked out in the second round, after getting tangled up with another racer around the first bank and losing most of my speed. None the less it is once again a positive step in the right direction. I feel like I am skiing fast and tactically know where I have to be. I just had to put the pieces together.

Jamie thinking he is a Ski Jumper in Val Thorens (Credit:Gepa)

Found this shot of Jamie Prebble, a NZ racer who has been training with us over the last year on and off. Thought it was classic. He qualified in 2/3 of the last World Cups, congrats.

Jenny in her final World Cup in Kreischberg (Credit:Gepa)

My team mate Jenny Owens competed over the Weekend in her last World Cup event finishing in 15th. She had 101 World Cup Ski Cross Starts over 14 years. Congrats on the great career and good luck in Sochi! Well done also to the other girls for the results on the weekend. (Katya 16th, Becc Wyatt 23rd in her first World Cup final and Sami 24th).

Before Sochi we will be racing at a Europa Cup in France and finalising our training at a camp in Austria. Will keep you posted,

 

Cheers

 

Anton

 

End of Olympic Qualification Period and Val Thorens WC.

Ever since New Years we have been hoping that the rumored cancellations of races due to the lack of snow would be false and the races would go ahead as planned or be replaced. The snow in Europe at the moment is not ideal at all. Spending time in Milan felt like spring had set in early, riding to get coffee in shorts on a bike should not be comfortable in Europe mid winter. Val Thorens came through with the good news once again and put on the last two races for the olympic qualification period for 2014.

The last double header in World Cup in Val Thorens were both surely a step in the right direction for me. I finished both days in 17th after finals and had some PB's in qualification, finishing 1st and 12th respectiveley. I am feeling confident on the skis lately, but more importantly enjoying racing and having a ball on the track.

Jumping in Val Thorens. Credit: GEPA

First Round, Day 1 Val Thorens. Credit: GEPA

Things seemed to come together and skiing felt to come naturally on the track. I couldn't put it together in finals, not making it through either round on race day and finishing 17th on both days. I was skiing well and was always in contention, however small misatkes in line and strategy choice cost me. Plan is to fine tune these out and put them into racing next week in Kreischberg.

Val Thorens Day 1. Credit: GEPA

Val Thorens Day 2. Credit: GEPA

Kreischberg is the final WC before the Olympics, however does not count towards Olympic qualification. Looking on google maps it is not very far away from the part of Austria where my mothers side of my family came from. Always is good to be back in Austria, eating schnitzel and drinking almdudler.

My mate Yoshi, house dog at the hotel in Austria

The team has been doing a lot of time in the Van as of late, does not usually look like this)

The past 18 months or so of World Cup competition have all been counting towards Olympic Qualification, with the last event for qualification being last week in Val Thorens. Simply put, to qualify a spot on the team you have to accumulate enough World Cup points to be ranked in the top 32 at the end of the period. After last week results, I ended up in 16th position which should qualify me for the Olympic Games. The rest of my team are looking great for qualifications too, which is awesome news. This is all unofficial, however crunching the numbers would suggest this outcome. Official announcements are not meant to be far away.

Will keep you posted,

Anton

 


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