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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!

Getting my groove back

Posted: January 13, 2013 by davomorris in China, Europa Cup, Ruka, Val St-Come

First update of the New Year and it’s a big one. My return to jumping on snow started in Ruka, Finland in November and got off to a shaky start as it has been 2 years since I jumped on snow. A few days in I got my groove back and started jumping normally with added improvements from the past summer.  In some very cold conditions I worked my way through my double flips and onto triples. They never do get easier, they’re just as scary each time, but that’s what makes it so much fun. With a Europa Cup double event a few days off I got a few triples in and on the competition day decided to do my triples twisting triple flips of the year, and competed it about 20 minutes later to place 2nd against the Swiss, Ukraine and Belarusian teams. I was pretty excited to start my season on a little high, and followed it up the next day with a 3rd place. The camp ended well despite a nasty crash that had me in the medical centre hoping not to get stitches on my face, but I was still a little behind where I needed to be to compete in the first World Cup in China 2 weeks later. A nice week at home for Christmas, and then jet setting across the seas once again. China as always was very cold but the jump site was amazing. Despite getting quite sick, in the few short days of training I got up to my hardest jumps and added my quadruple twisting triple flip to the mix and competed it the next day, sneaking my feet through to land and make the top 12 and into finals. I crashed my next jump and ended up 11th, but a fantastic start to the World Cup season with only a few jumps under my belt. A long flight to Canada and my first time jumping in Val St-Come, had me excited to be on a new site, despite flat light and foggy conditions, training went very well, and I woke up on competition day feeling like something big was going to happen. I landed my quad twist and qualified 4th into the semifinals, landed it again and qualified 2nd into the super finals (top 4), the first time I’ve done this. Sadly I crashed my last jump and ended up 4th just missing a podium spot but being my best performance to date, and possibly my best jumps ever, I’m thrilled.