Two Thousand and Sixteen
2k16 started great for me. We started the year in Cortina, Italy. I was still skiing with Sci Club Druscie in the 2015/2016 season but now I’m skiing with Bachmann Ski Collage. I’ve improved a lot in my skiing this year and I’ve also managed to join the Shred VIP Ski Team.
I competed in three international ski races for NZ in the beginning of 2016. The first was Pokal Loka in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. Kranjska Gora is right in the top North Western corner of Slovenia with Austria just North and Italy to the West. The school I am now at (Bachmann) is in the top North Eastern corner of Italy about 15 minutes down the road from Kranjska Gora. The race went well – for my first international race. I did not have a team to ski with as I was the only athlete from NZ, so my crew was me, mum (Manager), my brother Tigne (support crew) and my Dad (Tech).
The next race was Topolino which is in the middle/west of Italy, near Verona. Unfortunately I crashed in both the SL and the GS, but I was skiing fast at the time. Guilia Faggian was my coach – she’s awesome! And Alice joined my from her season in America. We had loads of fun! Then the last race was in Abetone, called Pinocchio. There was hardly any snow and the melt was really bad. It wasn’t that safe and only a few kids actually finished the race. GS was cancelled because there was no snow and it was too warm.
Then I went home for the winter but I broke my ankle during the first day dryland training with QAST. I did a load of rehab work with my mum in the pool but we decided that I shouldn’t race in NZ this season, which was ok because I was heading back to Italy to join Bachmann. I did get to ski with Giulia and Sasha – the head coach from the US Ski team which was great. 2k16 was a good year for me and I hope 2k17 goes better.
Two Thousand and Seventeen – here I come!
We are already almost two weeks into 2017 and it is going great! I have improved my skiing so much. I am now going to the one of the top Alpine Ski Sports College/Boarding Schools in Italy. I go to school in the summer 6 days a week because in winter I only go to school 2.5 – 3 days a week, ski/race 3 – 3.5 days and have one day off at home. My room is nearly complete – all I need is a projector and a DJ setup! At the moment I am saving up for them. I share my room with Pietro and Federico who both used to ski with me at Drucie.
For Christmas I got what I have been wanting for ages – Santa and I went halves (and finally it arrived this week – a little after Xmas!). The computer I got given for christmas is a Razer Blade Stealth.
My goals for 2017 are to constantly get in the top 10 in my ski races as a first year U16. And my goal for New Zealand season is to win every race I compete in while at home – I can’t win the overall NZL National Youth Series title as I have to be back in Italy to start school, so I’ll miss over half of the season, but I can win enough to qualify 1st to representative NZ at International races
Stelvio is a glacier about 8 hours away from Tarvisio. We left at 7:30 am and arrived at 5:00 pm including stopes, like lunch and petrol. We where there for only 4 days and those 4 days were hard. We woke up at 6:40 am to be skiing bye 8:00 pm. The hotel that we stayed in wasn’t as good as the hotel we stayed in lash time. The hotel we stayed in last time was 1 gondola down from the ski slopes. The hotel we stayed in this time was strait on the slopes. I have only been here a month and it has been fun.
The skiing was good apart form their being no snow anywhere and also the fact there was no hot water and no toilet in our hotel. Tomorrow we go to Stubai. I hope it is nice there I just brought a new pair of gloves to ski in. I enjoyed Stelvio I don’t think I will get to go there till next year, in two weeks dad and I are going to solden to watch the first World Cup race.
Last weekend was Topolino. Topolino is the biggest international alpine ski race for under 14 and under 16 year olds. This weekend did not go so well for me. The race was in a place called Folgaria which is in Italy. Dad, Tigne, Mum, Guilia, Alice, Sarah and I arrived there on the Monday before the race. For the whole week we trained and took time to watch the Italian qualifiers for Topolino which were really hard. Our international races were on Friday and Saturday.
On Friday it was GS for u14 and slalom for u16. Our courses were right next to each other. I was doing GS because I’m u14. The day was good – it was hot and sunny nearly like summer. I didn’t do so well on the GS, as I got late on two gates then crashed near the finish but as I was still moving I was able to hike the gate and I made it to the finish. Alice didn’t do so well either as she crashed in the slalom. Saturday was a different kind of day. On Friday night it had snowed a heap of snow and was still snowing heavily when we arrived on the mountain. Throughout the whole day it snowed and it didn’t stop once! That day I had slalom and Alice hade GS. Again the slalom didn’t go so good. I had a really bad first run which put me into 33. I was hoping for a top 15 as I have been training and racing well. On the second run I crashed on the first hairpin and broke my shinguard so now I have to buy new ones. Alice placed 8th in her GS which was fantastic.
The trip back home to Cortina is 3 hours long and we had so much stuff that Tigne and I could not see each other for the whole ride home as the car was packed to the top. We had two big ski bags in between us which made it impossible to see anywhere but out our windows. The Robinsons headed to Milan to spend a few days there then they would fly back to America. The race was fun even if I didn’t do well – I still had fun and I hope I can come back next year.
Thank you Giulia for being my coach and looking after me.
These holidays have been tough. We have skied nearly every day this holiday and I have only had 3 days off so I’m very tired. This Sunday is my first race of the year at a place called Auronzo. I have raced there before – last year and the year before and last time it snowed heavily. The weather forecast says it will be snowing this Sunday for race day too!
Training has been hard when it’s minus 10 degrees and we still have to go full suit and it feels like I’m freezing to death. Their are only a few days of training left before the Christmas holidays are over and we go back to normal days which is skiing only in the afternoons and then skiing full days in the weekends. The race this weekend at Auronzo is a slalom race, then next week on Saturday we will compete for our first GS points followed by another slalom on the Sunday. Tomorrow I think I will be training slalom because of the race on Sunday. The weather conditions have been sunny, rainy and slightly snowy.
This 2015 I have had Christmas in Italy. This year it was different we had a white Christmas instead of a sunny hot one like New Zealand. The day was fun I woke up at 5:30. I could not sleep and laid in bed for half an hour until I woke up my little brother so he could wake up Mum and Dad. Dad wasn’t to happy with us waking him up at 6 in the morning because it was are only sleep in day. All the rest of the holidays I got up very early in the morning to ski.
Opening the presents was fun I got a lot of awesome things like a new NZL race suite witch I wear every time I ski now. I also got sun glasses, climbing belay device and a heap more. For breakfast we hade bacon, eggs and ham. For lunch we hade 7 courses of food. 1. Bruschetta 2. Pasta Redicco 3. Fish 4. Christmas chocolate. And a full monty Christmas turkey. Then for desert we hade 4. Panettone 5. Panacota 6. Veanetta. Then after dinner we watched a movie called The hunt for red October. The movie finished last so we went strait to bed after.
On Friday Dad and I went to Val Gardena to watch the men’s Super-G. The drive from Cortina to Val Gardena is about an hour an a half. The race started at 12:00 so we didn’t have to get up that early. It was super fun I tried a new drink called a bombardino. A bombardino usually has Whisky and cream in it but the one I had was without alcohol.
We only watched the first 30 before leaving because it was too cold for me and we where hungry. It was a close awesome race. Three Norwegians got 1st 2nd and 3rd which was cool. Here are the names of the top 3 in the race 1st was Aksel Lund SVINDAL 2nd was Kjetil JANSRUD and 3rd was Aleksander Aamodt KILDE. On the way home we stopped at another ski field. we couldn’t find a restaurant to eat at because it was too late all the restaurants had closed so we are at a bar. Then we drove home which was another hour and a half.
This NZ season has gone pretty good I have had lot of podiem finishes. I have had races in Mount Hutt, Ohau, and Coronet Peak. Speed week in Mount Hutt was my favourite part of the season so far. There was 4 super-g races and 1 slalom race at Mount Hutt. In the super-g I reached 110Kmph with a jump in the middle of the course. I got 3 silvers and a Brons. In the slalom I straddled the first and the third gate so I got disalfide so I didn’t get to do the second run.
I have one 2 races this year both in Ohau witch was good. We have hade a few snow days and hopefully Some more are on their way. I only have a few more races and if I win 1 GS 1 SL 1 Super-G I will have the most points and will win the overall title because I’m tiying first GS and Super-G.
The 2015 has just started I have 3 coaches David, Wylie and Emily. We have only had 2 races so far 1 in Coronet Peak and 1 in Ohau. We have already had 1 race cancelled in Ohau because of rain. The first race was a kombi so was the second also a kombi. In the first race of the season I didn’t do so well I came 4th. In the second race I came 1st with a big mistake in the middle of the course but I still managed to win the race witch was good. This weekend I have 2 races in Ohau again.
My head coach is David he is from Spain. I have hade 2 Emily’s so far one from Britain and one from USA. Wylie is from New Zealand and used to be a freestyler so he can do backflips and stuff like that. This year I am skiing on Rossignol skis I have skied on them before in my life and I think there pretty good.
Two weeks ago Dad and I went for a small road trip to Switzerland for a race called The Trophee du Lout Lachaux. We left at about 9:00 in the morning. The Trophee du Lout Lachaux is the oldest trophy in all of Switzerland. It is a massive super G race that fells like a downhill as it’s between 4 and 6 kms long depending on your age! At about lunchtime we stopped in Milan at a little restaurant on the side of the highway.
After lunch we came up to the border of Switzerland and Italy and thats when we realised that we had forgotten our passports which were all the way back in Cortina! And, the bad thing was that we had English number plates on our Spaceship so we were more likely to be pulled over. We did manage to sneak over the border so all we had to worry about was getting back to Italy after the weekend was over!
We had found a place to park for the night in our little Spaceship. It had been raining the whole day and we had the back of the car up with the tent connected to the car so we could sleep in it comfortably. The night was cold and wet outside but we survived – in fact it was quite fun!. The next day we woke up and it was still raining at the bottom of the valley and snowing up on the mountain where the race was scheduled to be.
When we got onto the ski field, we had to sit in the cafe for about 3 hours while they still decided if they were going to cancel the race or start it from a bit lower down the course for safety. Dad and I went down to another cafe to get some lunch before the race. Then we got the news that they were going to start it from lower down the mountain so we headed of with all our bags and skis down to the new starting gate. We waited at the start for a couple of minutes before they cancelled the race as the snow conditions were too dangerous. For the rest of the day dad and I had nothing to do as the weather wasn’t really nice, the shops were closed and we didn’t have a hotel to go and hang out in – just our Spaceship!
Day 3 (last day)
We woke up to another cold day but this day was different – it had been snowing the whole night. We decided to not put the tent up that night because it was a bit colder. I thought the race was going to be canceled because the conditions were worse than the day before. So we headed up to the mountain the see what was going on, and the race had not been canceled.
Once again we sat in the cafe for about another 3 hours till they said the race was going to start a bit further down the course. This time we didn’t wait 5 minutes….. we waited half an hour sitting there in the cold waiting for the race to start! Finally they started the race! From here things got a little hectic – we were not starting in our sequenced bib number but rather randomly. After the race had finished I took my boots off at the car and then something amazing happened – we saw the sun for the first time 2 days!
Prize giving was a long time after the race had finished. They went down the list of groups first then from under 10 up. When they got to the under 14’s I was excited that I may have done well. But my name never got called out so I felt a bit down – until they said for me to come up onto the stage because they made a mistake and I actually came first by 4 seconds! After 3 long days of sitting down and doing nothing I still had a 12 hour ride home. I had loads of fun in Switzerland and I will miss these sorts of fun races with my dad when we go back to NZ.
ps. We made it back across the boarder into Italy ok!
On Sunday there were two families who arrived here in Cortina, Italy to ski. One of the families were the Blewitts and the other were the van Asches. They arrived pretty late (about seven pm) at night. Mum and Tigne where eating with Giulia and the Blewitts out at Francisco’s when Henry texted mum asking where in Cortina was a good place to have good pizza. Henry was not meant to arrive till Monday. Giulia had spent weeks prepping Henrys car and everything. About ten mins later Henry and his family arrived at Francisco’s! Dan and I were returning from our trip to Switzerland.On Monday we went skiing strait away. Mum went with the Blewitts to get their skis sorted. Dad Tigne and I met them up on Floria. For the whole week we skied day after day. On Thursday we had a massive powder day. It had been snowing up the mountain and down at our house for the night and didn’t stop during the day either. We spilt up into two groups – the girls and the boys. The boys skied the more dangerous steep parts and the girls drank wine in the bar.
We had lots of fun with the two families here.