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.
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.
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.
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,