Last Monday was the first day of the National Development camp at Loveland. Although the last two days consisted of some good training runs on a watered surface, it took a good couple of hours of slipping to get to that surface. It has been consistently dumping for those two days and we were forced to take the day off. Of course it cleared up for the day off. Anyway we had a good game of Wollyball which was fun. Looking forward to the great training that’s coming up!
The last couple of days have been snowing on and off, but we have had some great slalom training with early morning starting at 5am. It’s good to be back in the intense environment ski racing brings. Looking forward a day of GS tomorrow starting 10.30am at Copper!
6th November – BACK ON SNOW! My first day back on snow at Copper Mountain, Colorado on excellent conditions. Just need to adjust to the higher altitude!
1st November – Departed New Zealand and arrived in Reno 1st November. The schedule is to start training at Copper Mountain, Colorado 5th November followed by NorAm prep Camp (TERP Camp) 14-23.11.2010
Received notification of selection to represent New Zealand at the FIS Alpine World Junior Championships in Crans-Montana, 29th January to 6th February 2011. Also preliminary selection for World FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2011 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, February 7th to February 20th 2011
October – after a couple of weeks relaxing, dryland sessions began again getting ready for an earlier departure this year for the states.
New FIS Points list came out mid October:
GIANT SLALOM 37.71 SLALOM 43.27 SUPER G 59.55
September continued with the finals of the National Championships and also the finals of the ANC’s at Mt Hutt. Some races were unable to be completed due to weather. I managed to lower my FIS points in Super G and also picked up a bronze medal. Racing finished for me on the 11th September.
August has been a busy month with a lot of races, challenging weather and conditions.The month started with a giant slalom race put on by the Canadians at Coronet Peak on the 4th and this was followed by a series of races, all at Coronet Peak.
- Australian portion of the ANC’s 16th August – Giant Slalom with a large field of international athletes. Warner Nickerson, Ted Ligety, and Bode Miller placed 1st, 2nd & 3rd . 17th August – Slalom, whiteout conditions and I made a mistake and got DQ’d.
- The Japanese FIS – Air New Zealand Southern Cup series (21st – 24th August) 2 slalom and 2 giant slalom. I scored another 40 point result in the 2nd GS.
- NZ National Championship races. I had two good runs and scored my best FIS point result to date with a 35.10 and won the junior title for Giant Slalom. I also picked up junior gold overall for the race with Jon Olsson winning the open division. Day two (1st September) slalom – I won the Junior Title again. I also got 2nd place for both races in the open division. In the open giant slalom Ben Griffin was first, I came second and Andrew Wylie third. In the open slalom Tim Cafe first, I was second and Harrison Steedman third.
- NZ ANC series – giant slalom on the 2nd September, slalom on the 3rd. We were lucky to finish the races due to blizzard like conditions for the giant slalom. Gale force winds and almost no visibility but I scored a 40 point result. I was second kiwi to finish both days of the ANC races. Slalom first kiwi Ben Griffin, me second, Tim Cafe third. Giant Slalom first kiwi Ben Griffin, me second and Jamie Prebble third.
31st July, 2010
After a great start to on-snow training with most time spent at Snow Park, have just finished the first races of the season – Wanaka Tech Series with slalom and GS at Cardrona, 28th 29th July followed by GS and slalom 30th 31st July at Treble Cone. Over the four days we had brilliant sunshine (and freezing -7) at Cardrona to more sunshine at Treble Cone followed by lots of wind, snow and patches of sunshine to finish. I won a silver and six gold medals plus the overall Mens winner – the Markby Cup. Best of all, I made two of my best FIS points results with a 40.31 in slalom and a 40.73 in giant slalom.
15th June, 2010
This coming New Zealand winter season I will be training with Guenther Birgmann and the Treble Cone Race Academy. Before the mountains open, the months of May and June have been a great opportunity for me to improve my fitness levels, gain strength and weight so I have been spending plenty of time at the gym – thanks Pulse Fitness for your support!
Skis have been waxed, edges sharpened and equipment checked and new skis are on the way. Snow has been falling, temperatures have been cold and the mountains are looking fantastic.