On a short break from my first year Master's exams I competed in my fifth World Championships in Courchevel-Meribel in Giant Slalom and Slalom. With so little training this year returning from a lower back injury, a souvenir from Beijing's Olympic "Ice River" ;-) , I didn't manage to qualify for the second runs, but ended with a 57th place ranking in Slalom.
Back already on the school benches.
Lot's of love and many thanks to the Irish fans out there, Rickey, Lexi and others!
... and it feels good!!!
After a whole season away from the slopes to concentrate on getting through the daunting first year of Biomedical studies at the Faculty of Medicine in Geneva (a tough competition!), I started training in Kaabdalis, Sweden, in November.
My first races were in GS in Isola 2000. With a strong field of European Cup and FIS racers and a high bib, I finished twice in the top 30s.
More to come soon.
Le's do it!
Very happy with my two SuperG races today in Serre Chevalier. This season I had two major goals: the first was to qualify for the second run in the GS or SL race at the World Championships, the second was to lower my FIS points below 80 in one of the speed disciplines. With my two results today (82.5 and 71.9 points) I will finish this season with 77 FIS points in SuperG and have now achieved both my season goals.
This week I travelled to the beautiful Dolomites in Italy to race in Downhill and SuperG in the Citizen World Cup races in Passo San Pellegrino. Good fun to be back on the long planks again after a month of cancellations and poor conditions. Happy with my 10th place in Downhill!
The road to PyeongChang 2018 starts this season with two months training and racing in the Southern Hemisphere. After a good few days of heavy snowfall my first races were the National Championship and South American Cup races in Cerro Catedral (Argentina). Very happy here, two personal best FIS point results and two podium finishes in the Under21 category. Vamos!!!
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.
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!