12 Days to go – Bring on Sochi

Posted: January 26, 2014 by David Morris in Aerial Skiing, Deer Valley, Lake Placid, training, Val St-Come, World Cup

Update: 26th January, 2014

The last two weeks have seen me through 3 competitions in very short succession and has ended the Olympic qualification period for freestyle. The World Cups in Deer Valley (US), Val St.-Come (Canada) and Lake Placid (US) were a real test of energy and mental toughness but I still managed to keep my streak of making finals going completing the season with a finals finish every week.

3rd place Val St.-ComeVal St.-Come turned out to be my most successful competition of the year where despite being overly tired and underprepared for competition day I finished 3rd claiming my first

podium for the year. It was really good practice for me jumping whilst tired and still being able to put down landings when it counted and just keeping it consistent enough to make it all the way through.

Deer Valley ran the full Olympic competition format but unfortunately I wasn’t able to make it the whole way through the competition due to some mess ups with scoring and organisation problems not working in my favour but a solid 9th place was still appreciated. Lake Placid had me placed in 8th to finish the season ranked #6 overall and #3 on the Olympic rankings going into the Games that are approaching very quickly. Luckily for me I qualified last year for the Games so it wasn’t a stressful season for me unlike many others.

At this time 4 years ago I had just scraped through and barely qualified at the last minute in the final competition and was praying I’d be selected for the team, I’ve come a long way since then.

Deer Valley world cup 2014

I’m now back in Finland where we started the training for the season, now for the final Olympic training camp before the opening ceremony on the 7th of February.
It is a very exciting time for me and thank you for your support and encouragement along the way. I’m privileged to be able to compete in my second Olympics and I am confident in my ability to perform well when it counts. Obviously anything can happen on the day but I can promise I will be doing everything I can in the moment to be as successful as I can.

Lake Placid jumping Unfortunately there will be a media blackout period throughout the games and we are not allowed to contribute to social media or recognise sponsors during this time.

Please know that I never forget that I could not have made it this far without the support I have received from everyone I’ve come across.

Successes are for everyone to share as I can only perform because I’ve had help getting here

I hope to bring home some metallic bling!

Comments
  1. Anne says:

    Hi Dave, we hope your training is going well leading up to Sochi. We are so looking forward to watching you compete from afar. You deserve to win after all your hard work and the biggest prize of all is definitely within your reach if all goes well on the day. All your friends and family back here in Oz will be cheering loudly for you and wishing we could be there with you to admire and share in your achievements. Best of luck on the day and we hope you enjoy your second Olympics even more than the first!
    Love, Anne and Graham

    • David Morris says:

      Thanks for following for the whole ‘adventure’. it’s been quite the run and it’s nice when it pays off. I’m glad that those who got up at a ridiculous time in the morning had a good reason to! and thanks for coming to my party and being a part of the bigger picture

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