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Less than 200 days until Sochi

Posted: July 21, 2013 by davomorris in Bounce Inc, Park City, Sponsors, Telstra, training

The Australian Team finds themselves back in Park City, Utah in the States for another 4-5 months of summer training in the pool.

I’ve just come to the end of my second camp here and will be commencing the third block tomorrow. We train for 3 weeks at a time and then have 5 days off throughout the whole time we’re over here.

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As always I started with the “basics” and continue to work my way up to the harder skills each week. The first camp consisted of single flips adding up to two twists, just trying to perfect them and work on my bad habits and I’ve now moved up to double flips with up to three twists. I don’t tend to do triple flips until later in the summer, because of the impact it has on my body and this year in particular I’m focusing on improving the little things which are more easily fixed on easier skills.

It has been very successful so far and I’m excited to see where we shall get by the end of the summer and to break up the location a little bit I will be traveling to Switzerland again this year for their water ramping competition and then to Canada for their competition. I love jumping with other athletes and putting a little pressure on myself when it’s not on snow, it will be good to see where other boys are at regarding their skills and also be a fun and safe way to compete aggressively which I love doing.

I recently became an ambassador for “Australia’s Greatest Athlete” which will be televised soon although unfortunately I will not be around to compete in it this year. I would also like to welcome Telstra on board as my newest sponsor and provider after presenting me with the newest of smart phones to help me stay connect, and Bounce Inc. – a huge indoor trampoline arena who have allowed me to train there and get ready for snow whenever I need to.

With just over two month remaining of training, and less than 200 days before the Olympics, I have a lot of work ahead but I am excited and very confident as to the direction I’m heading.

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.

Back to training

Posted: June 25, 2012 by davomorris in Park City, training

I have returned back to training this year after a long break from the sport. Seven straight years of hard training finally got the best of me and I needed to walk away to let my body and mind reset itself. I managed to finally graduate my university course and now have a Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Physical Education (1st Class Honours) and have been doing some emergency teaching at my old school in the time I was home. I continued coaching gymnastics and also coached tumbling for a cheerleading team. I traveled around Victoria doing motivational speaking on behalf of the VCEHelp company. Now, back in Park City, Utah once again and I’ve never been happier to be here training. We have just completed our first training camp here, where, as per usual, it has been back to basics and fixing any potential problems on the single kicker before moving onto bigger and better jumps. My coach from the Olympics is temporarily back to help out and we’ve made some improvements which will hopefully transfer to my hardest skills and make me a more consistent jumper. My body is still adjusting to the intensity of full time training again but I have spent 2 months back home in the VIS getting as fit and strong as possible, and completed the Tough Mudder obstacle course at Phillip Island, so much fun. In the upcoming camp I will be on the double kicker, working on the more simple double flips before adding on as many twists as I can. I’ve come to the point in my career where I don’t have any new skills to learn, I just need to perfect the ones I already know and make them appealing to judges. Rested body, rested mind, and a whole new me to take on the World this year, and start qualifying for Sochi 2014.