I've just arrived back from the Swiss National Championships in Hoch Ybrig where I placed 15th. I'm really happy with the result as I didn't expect to go through the first round and it just goes to show that anything can happen in ski cross. The racing is going well, I've had a few disappointing results (such as missing out on qualification in St Francois by 100th of a second!) but that hasn't stopped me and I've enjoyed the competitions nonetheless. I've been to Switzerland,
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So, the Europa Cup races being held in Val Thorens this weekend were cancelled and rescheduled for January due to a lack of snow. Because of this, my team was at a loose end with no competitions and no place to train.
Then when we saw that there were FIS races being held in Sweden, we quickly booked flights and found ourselves there 3 days later.
The two boys and I trained on the ski cross course on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and then raced the weekend
That's the first Europa Cup of the season done! I managed to get 37th in the EC and 38th in the Austrian National Championships so I missed out on qualifying by a few places each time. No worries though - I knew these races would have a lot of tough competition as many of the World Cup athletes compete to use it as a warm up race. I was happy with my result as it was a big improvement from last season so I know that I'm definitely moving in the right direction. It was also a
After training hard throughout summer and Autumn in Saas Fee, last week it was time to say goodbye to the mountains in Switzerland just as they were starting to feel like home! The last training camp was one of the best for me - it had snowed so much that the mountain was closed for our safety but that didn't stop us from skiing! The whole team worked together to build our own pump track out of the snow in the centre of town and we spent the morning with burning legs and a lo