Just back from an amazing week in St Moritz where I managed to pass both qualifying races in GS and Slalom to compete with the world's best racers in the Championship races, finishing 52nd in Slalom and 59th in Giant Slalom. The Swiss public and organisation were absolutely fantastic. I was very happy to catch up with my team-mates Conor, Cormac and Kieran, and to meet Kelsie. Very proud of this Team Ireland!
The Team Ireland selections have been announced for the World Alpine Championships in Saint Moritz (February 5-19 2017).
I am honoured and proud to be part again of this great team:
Ladies: Tess Arbez, Kelsie Carlette
Men: Cormac Comerford, Conor Lyne, Kieran Norris
In Tignes on January 3rd I raced my first ever Downhill races, and was thrilled by the speed of my skis on the ice. The training on the morning before the race was the first time I had ever tried my Head 210 cms. Let's do it again!
June was a tough month with seven written exams to pass for my Scientific Baccalaureate degree. Now that my high school years are over I am starting a new page in my life, joining Orsatus Ski Racing team for a gap year before starting University.
In slalom on a very difficult course with bib number 53 I got my first Top 30 in a World Championship (29th). My time was not good but it was a battlefield and I am happy to have moved up the ranks in slalom and giant slalom since my last WJCs in Hafjell last year.
The Junior World Alpine Ski Championships 2016 will take place in Sochi/Rosa Khutor, Russia from February 24th to March 6th 2016. Tess Arbez, Cormac Comerford and Garreth Reilly will take part.
In Courmayeur, Italy, on a difficult GS course with great skiers including my friend Mathilde from Belgium, I got my first FIS result under 50 points: 47.67! On the second race of the day, a vicious encounter with a red gate on the second run did not allow me to finish with the same result. Next time... (FAIL BETTER!)
My first Super G races were last year in Val Thorens where I finished with relatively modest FIS points of 165 but I had fun on the longer skis. This season my goal is to lower these points even if the snow conditions are not favourable for training. So off I went to Pila near Aosta for my first training... in a FIS race with top European Cup skiers. I finished at the bottom of the field, with 140 points! Two SuperGs later, I managed 111 points, (slowly) moving towards my goal of under 100 points.
In Hintertux for a ski camp organised by FIS for competitors from small ski nations... SMALL but STRONG ;-)
Great to see my team-mate Garreth again and meet skiers from all over the world including Bosnia, Monaco, Denmark, Chile and Asia...
The conditions in Hintertux are fabulous: good snow and lots of sun. What else!?
My final International event will be the FIS Alpine Junior World Championship in Norway (Hafjell) from March 7 - 9th , for skiers aged under 21.
This season has beaten my wildest dreams. I would never have imagined this just a few months ago!
Oh my! I have been selected to compete for Ireland at the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek from 4th – 16th February 2015.
My American dream (and what's more with my brother!).
Over 700 athletes from more than 70 nations !
European Youth Olympic Festival
Amazing: I am selected to represent Ireland at the EYOF at Voralberg/Liechtenstein which will take place between 24 and 31 January 2015.. Four Alpine Skiers will represent Ireland at these Games :- Tess Arbez, Gary Skinner, Enda Bolger and Ben Alselmi. I am so excited to be a part of this major event. I hope I will be able to race my best in Malbun!
My first international event in the Irish team! SES Small European Ski Nations Cup in Predeal Romania - January 12-15th 2015
I managed three podiums in SL . very well prepared slopes and perfect organization. Well-done Romania!
October 28th 2014 : A wonderful week training in Tignes (but there is still a lot of work to do!), In alpine skiing sometimes the weather is foul and the turns are not all good, but there is no place I would rather be at this time!