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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!

The best is yet to come

Posted: December 29, 2013 by davomorris in Beijing, Europa Cup, Ruka, World Cup

It’s the end of another year and the start of a new season and the most important season leading into the Olympics.

green pants

2nd place Europa Cup 2013

The team trained in Ruka, Finland as we always do and I found I was having a rough time getting things going this year really struggling to put it all together and just do nice jumps like I was consistently doing last season. In typical form I pulled it together for the Europa Cup competitions and placed 2nd and 4th also managing to compete a skill that I have only ever performed once on snow.

The first World Cups were in China in two separate locations, Beida Lake and then for the finale – inside the Birds Nest stadium in Beijing.

Beida Lake was a rough training week for me, I wasn’t landing or jumping well and then finally on my first competition jump my brain and body decided to work together and I landed the 2 jumps that counted and placed 5th which I was very happy about but realised I have a lot more work to do this year and can’t ride the success of last year without any effort.

Jumping in the Birds Nest was incredible and overwhelming at first to see such a huge structure with snow in a place that I can only associate with summer sports.

Birds Nest Beijing

I trained well and worked up to my most difficult skills within 2 days and competed them successfully getting myself into the finals (top 12) but unfortunately crashed in finals and finished 11th which again I’m happy with as a finals spot is always good but I expect more of myself than that. My Mum, Dad and brother turned up to watch and I was hoping for something a bit more spectacular but found myself lying on snow at the bottom a bit surprised I hadn’t landed, but there’s always next week.

Jumping Birds Nest. photo|Peter Morris

I head to Park City tomorrow for a much needed week of just training before a very busy three World Cups in 12 days all in different locations over the US and Canada.

That will be end of Olympic qualifications and officially confirm my place on the Sochi 2014 team.

The best is yet to come…

Aerial Skiing training lap – Finland (feat. Aus/Swiss/GB)

Aussies Skiing in Ruka, Finland

Bukovel Gold + World # 2

Posted: February 26, 2013 by davomorris in Bukovel, World Cup

Long story short – I won my first World Cup and in doing so bumped myself up to 2nd overall in the World to finish of the season.

bukovel

Bukovel – Ukraine, was never on the cards for our team as it was planned that we’d train for World Championships in Ruka

Finland leading up to the event. Yet after some discussion with my coach we decided that after Sochi, if I had a chance at holding a top 5 position I would go to the Ukraine. It was an amazing jump site and beautiful place to be much to everyone’s surprise, I went only with my top coach Eli, and would be coached by the Swiss coach Mich Roth for the week.

Despite my skis not arriving until a day later I stuck to the same schedule as I would any other week, two days training and keeping the jumps to a minimum to conserve my energy. It played out normally being a bit average on the first day as I get used to the site, figuring it out on day two, and on comp day zoning in on everything and getting it done. I woke up that morning, and convinced myself I was going to win. The qualification round was by far the most nervous I’d ever been in a competition.
I’d put so much pressure on myself to do well because I knew that a win could put me into 2nd overall, but I had to beat a few certain people, who annoyingly for me all made the finals. My first jump was good but tentative, enough to make it through safely. I did another quad twisting triple flip to get into the top 4 and it needed to be something special and it was.

Went up high and came down softly putting me into 1st coming into the final round. I competed my hardest skill on the last jump, one I haven’t practiced for a few weeks, landed it and couldn’t believe my ears when I heard I’d won. Everything had fallen into place, at the last moment and it was truly a dream finish to the season. Maybe it was a long time coming and not a surprise to a few people, but I think the majority never saw this coming, but I knew I had it in me, and there’s still more to come. Thank you everyone for following me. Bring on World Championships!

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.