Lately it has just been a lot of training for me, working on consolidating technique to improve my overall skiing. I've found this past week incredibly beneficial and can't wait to hit the slopes in Italy for some National Junior races. I want to congratulate my team mates Emily Bamford and Lavinia Chrystal for being selected for the Australian 2014 Winter Olympic team and Adam Barwood for being selected to represent New Zealand at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. An exciting time for them and I wish them all the best for the Games.
I would have to say the highlight of my entire trip so far would definitely have to be going to watch the Schladming World Cup night Slalom. It was the first World Cup I've ever seen live and two of my team mates, Mike Rishworth and Adam Barwood also competed which was good to see. The atmosphere was amazing! The excitement and responses from the crowd were unbelievable. The only time the buzz of the crowd was silenced, was when one poor fellow had a shocking crash in which his head hit his knee, sending his helmet flying off. He seemed shaken but otherwise looked to be uninjured. Other than that the crowd was heard in full force. Flags waving, flares lit and the race did not disappoint! A solid first run by the top competitors but the second run had everyone on the edge of their seats. Neureuther solidly skiing into first only to be nudged into second by Hirscher with a 0.01 lead. Then the 19yr old Norwegian, behind by about half a second on the last interval, only to crush the bottom section and ski into first! The crowd went mental at the amount of time Kristoffersen made up from the last interval to the finish, and it was astounding! Poor Mario Matt who was in the lead after the first run straddled in the second but that only hindered the crowds excitement for a moment. A solid and well deserved win for Henrik Kristoffersen. Your first live World Cup is not something you can easily forget and I was lucky enough to be right in on the action. I now only have 20 days left in Europe and am determined to make every day count before I head home for school.