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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!

No such thing as luck

Posted: February 20, 2013 by davomorris in Deer Valley, Park City, Sochi, World Cup

The last three weeks or so have had a good share of ups and downs, most ups which is always nice but also a reminder that I have plenty to work on.

Coming down from a huge high in Lake Placid after a podium had me buzzing for the Deer Valley World Cup, which is by far my favourite event to compete in for the whole year
with lots of friends there, large crowds and a great atmosphere. Training was pretty ordinary for me, I was struggling to land and felt a little more pressure than normal performing in front of people that I know. I lost my training momentum for a day and was having stomach issues which didn’t help either. I needed a little pep-talk from my coach who reminded me it wasn’t “luck” that I’d done so well and landed every qualifying jump this year. And with that I went into the competition ready to take everyone out and win it. Not be to unfortunately, despite landing a very big jump, the judges didn’t like it and I wasn’t the only one who was surprised when I didn’t make the finals. But it was a good reminder to me that I still have much to work on and not to get too carried away with good results because the judging is out of my control.
A week off relaxing in Park City and then a long flight to Sochi for the Olympic test event. There’s a lot of work to be done in Sochi to be ready for the games but the progress is showing and it will be amazing I believe.

The site was great, the weather was not, constantly changing every day, sunny and hot, a bit colder and raining, snow and then more rain. Everyone possible was done to maintain it and despite a severe lack of training and average jumping on my behalf, on the night the site was ready, and again I managed to pull off one of my best jumps in qualifications to put me through in 2nd position.
My finals jump was less successful despite being excellent in the air, the soft snow on landing had me tumbling down the hill when I thought I’d landed it with no issues. I finished in 8th, a good result none the less, but I was disappointed not to be able to go further given my parents had come to watch.
With one World Cup to go in the Ukraine, I’m currently ranked 4th in the world and plan on nudging it a little higher.

Sochi training and competition.