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.
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.