Tardy to the Party but here’s the Season Wrap Up

We returned to the US, refreshed and ready to go following an awesome summers break. All four of us rocked up to the airport in jandals and shorts, not really looking much like a Ski Team….

We hit the ground running, jumping straight back into racing at Winter Park, CO, after only a day of free skiing. But our reenergized mindset trumped our lack of time back on snow. I placed fourth on the first day, winning the second run. In the second day I was charging but unfortunately skied out.

Next up was speed week at Aspen, CO. It was a shaky start to the series for me, after tweaking my hamstring in the gym. But I was all cleared to go and had one of the best race series in my career! I left Aspen with 3 out of 4 wins. Crushing the field on the final day by 1.2 seconds. Scoring PBs in both DH and Super-G. Safe to say I was pumped and ready for World Champs at Beaver Creek!

We had a great build up prep prior to the World Champs, training with numerous National teams at Vail Mountain, including the eventual World Champion in Super-G Hannes Reichelt.

World Champs was an amazing event. The opening ceremony kicked the Championships off in the right way. The weather was mostly amazing and sunny throughout, the piste was perfectly prepped and the fans showed up in force, recording 30’000 spectators for the Men’s Downhill.

But in terms of my personal performances, it was a real disappointment. Day 1 of DH training on the Birds of Prey track, one of the toughest in the world, I came close to a bad crash and from that point on I was on the back foot, and unfortunately it affected the rest of the series for me. But I learnt a lot from it, and was exposed to something I need to train up on.

Next up we flew to Europe for the last month of our NH campaign. In Europe I battled with form. I still managed some solid results and also PBs in Alpine Combined. But losing form in my right foot turns made it extremely difficult to lay down results. As you can imagine, it is not easy being fast when only half your turns are on point. Those things happen, so the big focus this Southern Hemisphere winter will be to patch back up those turns and consolidate!

A huge Thank you to STOECKLI for providing me with endless pairs of skis, HEAD for my comfortable and precise boots, Dave Stewart at ONE for providing our new chic team uniforms, my coach Nils for all of his time on the hill, Hamish Edwards for his contributions and managerial skills and of course most importantly to my parents for being my biggest fans and biggest supporters time and time again.

Since being home I have been back into the books studying for my CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) exam that I will sit in June. I graduated last week, which was a proud moment to be recognised for my academic efforts. And of course, I am busy in the gym getting bigger, stronger and faster.

 

See you at the Winter Games in Queenstown!

 

 

10926452_875065719192075_6006678605875447541_nAspen podium

11019016_892756297423017_8917324528834525873_nThe lads

10994447_885833498115297_6007474572968080102_nQualifying GS race- the top 25 make it through to the final

10952408_882147885150525_8274331425934666386_nPost inspection, watching the woman’s DH

1907465_885316101500370_8822638769278508200_nStrutting our stuff

photo 1Red Bull HQ- F1 mania

photoBeautiful Switzerland

photo 2A few beers at the Hofbräuhaus before flying out

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