How does it feel to win the World Junior Championship GS?
I’m so happy and proud to represent New Zealand. It’s nice to put together two runs and ski well against a strong field of juniors in Europe.
If you could sum up your feelings when you crossed the finish line in one word what would it be?
What are your goals for the rest of the season?
To annihilate and to keep skiing fast. I have two more races this season. There’s a World Cup GS in Špindlerův, Czech Republic, then I go to World Cup finals in Soldeu, Andorra.
What does a typical training day look like?
I usually wake up around 7. Then I make sure have I have a good breakfast. Our main training venue is only a 5 min drive, which is really nice. Once we get to the hill, I’ll do a warm up before getting on my skis. A typical training session usually lasts for 3 hours. Then in the afternoon, I usually spend an hour or so in the gym, doing recovery and trying to maintain the fitness I built over the summer.
What’s your favorite type of snow to race on?
On race day, I like bullet-proof ice because that’s what I grew up skiing on at Coronet Peak.
What’s your ideal course set?
The course that my coach set at World Juniors first run was really nice. It had a bit of everything. There’s a steep section at Pozza, and he set that section pretty turny which I like. I’m not a fan of super flat courses.
What’s your favorite World Cup venue?
So far my favorite has been Maribor. The course had a bit of everything. It was similar to home. It had rained a bit and the snow was similar to New Zealand. That was also my first World Cup where I qualified for 2nd run.
What’s your favorite pre-race dinner?
My go-to dinner the night before a race is chicken, quinoa, and veggies. Maybe some gelato for dessert.
How do you warm up for a race?
At a race, I’ll usually try to get at least two runs in a warm up course, and then I’ll do some freeskiing too.
What’s your favorite drill?
Javelins. (Pause). That’s what they’re called right?
Is it hard being away from home?
Sometimes. But I’m used to traveling and being away from home for months. I do miss my family, friends and dogs though.
What’s your pre-race playlist?
Drum and bass and Mackey G
What’s your hidden talent?
I can touch my tongue to my nose.
What’s your favorite iPhone game?
Snake VS block or 1010!
What’s your go-to dance move?
I just made up this new move. It’s called feed the chickens.
What’s your go-to McDonalds order?
Big Mac Combo
What’s your favorite TV show?