Monday, May 20, 2013

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Jamie- Change to HEAD!

Time for Some exciting news....

I am stoked to officially announce that I have made the change to HEAD skis and boots!!
I am very excited about this change for the upcoming Olympic season and beyond! I feel it could give me that small boost I need to shave of those 10th of seconds. 
My new kit @Åre, Sweden
Head skis are proven as the fastest on the world ski tours with numerous wins in ski cross and winner of the alpine brand ranking for the last 3 years. 

Before I left Europe I visited the HEAD factory in Austria to pick out the new skis, I will have a range of both the new and old dimensions. I also received my new boots and had them perfectly fitted by the pros at HEAD. I even tried on Aksel Svindal's boot shells as our feet are supposedly similar :)
It is an amazing setup at the factory, the number of race skis is mind bobbling and the picture does no justice. 

Boot grinding
Special thanks to HEAD NZ for the support and be sure to check out to find that perfectly matched equipment to get you charging around the slopes this winter. In the last couple of years the new technology and development in equipment is huge and is making a considerable difference to enjoyment on the hill. Time to freshen up those skis and boots!
Endles skis. Row after row after row.

For me it is straight into an intensive dry-land training block and keep ticking along my university study. Not long now until the NZ ski areas start opening!
Stay posted for updates. 

Bode Millers wooden leg mould.

Alignment with laser beams

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Jamie- Home

My first season of Ski Cross has been an amazing journey. 

I have learnt a huge amount, visited some extraordinary places and am now mastering the skills required to become one of the worlds top skiers. I am really looking forward to being able to have some time during the NZ season to improve the new skills.  

It has been a long season and not easy at times being a solo athlete, with no coach up against the best in the world, who have endless coaches, physio's, ski technicians, logistics staff, even cool Audi transport. It has been the most stressful season by far, hugely rewarding but challenging at the same time. 

My top results of the season in the Audi FIS World Cup include; 
-38th place at Nakiska, Canada. 0.07sec from qualifying to finals. 
-World Championships, Voss, Norway- 0.3sec off finals. 
-Åre, Sweden -0.3sec off finals. 
-European Cup, Switzerland - 11th place. 

Special thanks to;
-Formthotics- ensuring my feet have the top foot beds, ensuring comfort, precision, alignment and warmth. 

-Shred and Slytech- unbeatable looks, safety and protection. 

-Leki- easiest and most comfortable ski poles trigger system that are strong and lightweight. 

-Helly Hansen- keeping me perfectly dry and warm in all conditions while looking great. 

-Toko- ensuring I can tune / wax my skis precisely.  
Mmm shinny

-Australian SX team- adopting me like a teammate. 

AUS team and I,  (missing 3..)
World Ski Connections- the best kiwi ski base in Europe. 
Brunnen- The lake beside WSC base
My family- endless support!

And many thanks to all other supporters. 

This season I have been away for 5 months and have literally not stayed in the same place for more than 4 days in a row. Endless packing and living out of my bag.  It will be great to finally unpack my bags and there truly is nothing like 'home sweet home.'

Stay tuned for some video edits as I find some time to put them together.

I have just made it back home to Christchurch and it feels great to get back into the dryland training, although the legs are not loving life currently..

Audi S5 Driving experience- Åre Sweden- Could not quite hold the drifting...

Swiss Alps
Think I covered central Europe pretty well.
Journey home, flight #5/5- Back in NZ skies

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Nick- Home.

I have now returned home in Christchurch and am back into the books studying 2x Level 3 finance papers, making progress towards my Bachelor of Commerce degree.

My NH campaign is over and it was not the ripper one I was hoping for. Simply put, I did not perform in my races. It is tough when I give 100% effort and don't come away with the results I am capable of. I remain totally motivated to achieve better than before.

There was however some success in amongst the not so successful racing. I placed 11th in the Nor-Am finals Super-Combined at Nakiska, Canada. Placing 30th after the Super-G leg, I skiied the fastest Slalom run to finish in 11th, scoring a 37 point result and gaining valuable Nor-Am points.

Looking ahead, I will have some time away from it all before getting back into the gym and will begin planning my approach for the SH season.

Thanks to everyone who supported me this season, it really is appreciated. I am fortunate to have a good team around me. 

See you next season!

Warm up at the top of Schladming

Flying around the Rockies with the Alberta Team Boys

The Kiwi lads at our home base- Leogang

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Jamie- Ski Cross World Championships

My first Ski Cross World Championships in Voss, Norway are over. We had great weather, great snow and it was cool to have the other freestyle ski disciplines around. I finished in 38th position, narrowly missed out on making the finals only 0.4sec shy! I desperately wanted more. The technique required for ski cross is getting better and better and I am really starting to bring through the skills required to be fast in this sport.

My qualification run had some small errors that I need to iron out, especially when the pressure comes on to lay down the run, only one chance, one opportunity.

It was great to have 2 training sessions on the track which has been non existent for us this season. The Audi World Cup Ski Cross tour has been unlucky with weather this season and several races we have had to settle for just 1 training run!  (not making it easy for the rookie on the tour!)

I am now up in Åre, Sweden for my last two World Cup races of the season. I am really excited to give it everything, execute my new skills and to put some fast runs down and get in the mix of the finals. Stay posted for results!

Enjoy the photos below, and have a look at the video of my perspective down the course! (training, following the Germans)
Flying into Norway,
Islands on the coast of Norway-  Bergen.

Start number

Swix man helping to make my skis rockets! 
Photo Credit- Yannick Enting

Entire Track- Photo credit -Anton Grimus athlete page-
Finish area of Ski Cross/ Slopestyle

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