Following the World Cup Final last week in China the OWIA/NSWIS mogul squad headed to Spain for recovery and training.
The red-hot favourite for the Ladies World Championship is 22-year-old Britt Cox, the season’s Overall FIS Ladies Freestyle Skiing Crystal Globe winner who has seven victories in eleven events to her credit.
After being presented the Overall Crystal Globe last weekend, Cox was justifiably pleased with her season.
“I am so happy to be able to do the skiing I had envisioned for myself and I’m grateful for my support network in helping me do just that,” she said.
OWIA team mates Matt Graham – who took third overall in the FIS Men’s Mogul Skiing - and Brodie Summers have also had a successful season, but coaches Steve Desovich and Jerry Grossi say there is much to do.
"Now that we are in Spain the focus is obviously to take everything from the season and create key objectives and goals to get the skiers on track," coach Desovich said.
“This season has been a wonderful surprise thus far and we are very pleased with the skills and performances (of the athletes).”
“Coming into the season we really did not know how the team would stack up - so it’s good to see all their hard work pay off,” he said.
After arriving in Spain, the mogul team had the use of the Centro de alto Rendimiento Sierra Nevada (commonly known as CAR Sierra Nevada Altitude Training Centre), which is one of the finest sports facilities in the world.
"We opted to arrive into Sierra Nevada early to recover and relax with on-going strength and conditioning,” Desovich explained.
“The recovery process is a real science and art that John Marsden (OWIA Head of Athlete Preparation) handles quite well. The opportunity also allows for individual customisation to optimize and affect the athletes’ potential. We are quite fortunate to have a man of John’s calibre on board for this period."
Grossi agrees that the success of the Australians in moguls this year has surprised everyone, but he and Desovich see far more potential.
“We hope that the recent success of our athletes motivates them to work harder and realize their true potential, Grossi said.
“We still have a ton of work to do. They know it, we know it. We want this season to give them the confidence to go after it a lot harder, and have the mind set to do whatever it takes to improve quality and performance.”
It’s tough school at the top.
“As their jump coach, I see where we could improve and areas to be fixed. We will continue to work hard and focus on technique and improving jump quality, which will have direct effect across the board.”
“The guys seem very motivated now. They are looking forward to going to work and sealing any cracks up for good.”
“Our goal for next season is to have an impenetrable package with high quality top to bottom runs.”
Next season aside, the immediate goal is the World Championships, which begins with Ladies qualifying for Britt Cox and NSWIS skiers Jakara Anthony and Madi Himburyon Wednesday evening 7.40pm (AEDT).
Men’s qualifying follows at 21.50pm for Matt Graham and Brodie Summers plus NSWIS athletes Rohan Chapman-Davies and James Matheson.
The mens and ladies finals will be broadcast live at midnight, Wednesday 8 March on Eurosport and can also be viewed on a live stream via Ski & Snowboard Australia at https://www.skiandsnowboard.org.au/2017-snowboard--freestyle-world-champs/
Mogul Duals will be comepted on Thursday, March 9 and again will be live on Eurosport or via live stream on the Ski & Snowboard Australia website.