I’ve had a really good summer but I’m looking forward to getting back on snow.
I’ve been in the gym a lot over the summer working on my fitness and now feel faster and stronger than ever! I also got to do lots of different sports over the summer including climbing, white water canoeing, hiking, paragliding, BMX racing, bungee jumping and more.
I ran a talent ID series with Mitsubishi over the summer months; it consisted of five events spread throughout the country looking for talent. Loads of people came along, mostly kids, and there certainly was tons of talent! I’m really glad I was involved and I look forward to seeing everyone progress and hopefully I get to see some of them competing at the Olympics one day.
I did some equipment testing out in Italy last month and found some great new bindings from Union Binding Company called Trilogy which I am really looking forward to racing on this winter, they are super light, comfortable and super responsive!
I’m attending an event in the Isle of Man next week with Pokerstars who are supporting me towards the next winter Olympics. The event is a UKIPT Poker tournament. I’ve played in a few before and they are airways good fun so I’m looking forward to that. After the Pokerstars event I travel out to Hintertux in Austria for pre season training. I’ll be based either in Hintertux or Pitstal (also in Austria) through till the middle of December when the competitions start.
I took a season out from World Cup last season and concentrated on training and a few European Cup competitions. The competitions went really well and I got four podiums including 3rd in the overall European Cup series, I was particularly happy with the overall podium as I only raced in half the races!
In February there’s one in PyeongChang, South Korea where the next winter Olympics are being held. I’ve been to South Korea before but never to PyeongChang so it will be really good to check out the ski resort and surrounding area to get familiar with everything in preparation for the Olympics.
In March we come back to Europe for a race in Switzerland then fly over to the USA for one in Squaw Valley, then back to Europe again for the World Cup finals in Spain at the end of March.
At least that’s what the calendar is now! In the world of snowboarding everything is always getting delayed, cancelled, new races get put in and more. Mostly because of weather, it makes it difficult to plan but after a few years you get used to it and I now expect my calendar to be in constant flux.
I’ll be updating with regular blogs throughout the season so expect to be hearing more from me over the coming months!