It’s about time I updated the blog. In recent news….
Tuesday was the team media. This was a step up from the Ontario team “picture day” I’ve been used to for the last few years. This meant TV, radio and newspaper interviews for most of the day. I had the chance to speak with Randy Starkman, a writer for the Toronto Star. I ended up with a half page article in the star on Wednesday.
Toronto Star article.
Full article here: http://www.thestar.com/sports/olympics/article/881581–mountain-of-a-rookie-attacks-the-ski-slopes
Tomorrow I am headed to Squire Johns to finally get my boots fitted. This is much easier said than done. Lucky for me Shane Kilfolye is the best. The goal being to make the two new pairs (white cuffs) fit perfect like my boots from last season.
The boot situation.
Some new gear from Ortema came in…. The larger of the two back protecters is for speed, while the short and narrow one is for tech and the new Ortema arm guards.
Right now the plan is to be on snow October tenth at Nakiska. Can’t wait!
My third trip to Europe of the year. There was a lot of travel to start off, a flight from Toronto to Munich then a 10 hour +/- drive to Les Orres, France to race in my first European Cup Races. Jet lagged and exhausted I arrived at the Hotel in Les Orres, the night before the first training run. The downhill track there had some very technical turns. To say the least I was a little nervous in the start gate my first run. The snow was soft, so the course conditions deteriorated quickly. With my start number being in the mid forties I was knocked around by the ruts. The main turns were groomed every night leaving the first starters in the race with ideal conditions…. from there everyone else would fight their way through the rough stuff. In the races I wasn’t super happy with my results. I had some fast sections but never a truly fast complete run. Overall it was good to get the experience and have some time on speed skis before the World Juniors.
Here is my video from the first race day.
One of the large technical turns in the top section of the DH.
Tyler Nella and Travis Dawson checking out the mountains. Technician Dave White prepping the skis in the background.
October…. I had the chance to train with the Canadian ski team in Stubai, Austria. This was my third on snow camp and was three weeks long. I had received an email from the head coach of the mens devo team stating there was not much snow up on the glacier. Usually this means there may be the odd rock here and there and you just have to careful. Not in this case…… there were rocks everywhere and they were straight up unavoidable!
Weather up top.
End of the camp.
It did eventually it snow and when it cleared up, the sun poked out from behind the clouds and the training was great. We trained GS for a large number of days and put in a few days on SL and SG skis. A couple days we trained alongside the Swedish Europa Cup team in GS and SG. The camp was a good experience and increased my mental toughness to an all time high.
Props to Seb and Dave, the team servicemen for keeping the skis in best shape possible!
August/ September. Four weeks in Chile! There was heavy snow fall (2m) before I arrived which left the snow pretty soft for the first few days. The camp started off with a few days of one ski. After that it was back to GS gates once the snow hardened up. Midway through the camp the entire team had the annual “team birthday party” consisting of fondue at the restaurant La Marmita at the base of La Parva. The fondue served at la Marmita is the best I have ever had. After 3 weeks of GS my teammate Mike Bisnaire, Ulic (coach) and I switched over to La Parva to race in the South American Cup speed (SG/DH) races. Meanwhile the rest of the team flew home to start up with school and dryland training. The races were stacked with World Cup teams from both France and Slovenia making them very tough. The track was really fun with a lot of terrain changes. All in all the camp was fun but I was glad to heading home for a three week break.
Bottom of the race hill at La Parva, Chile