New Zealand ski-cross athlete and dedicated Formthotics wearer, Jamie Prebble, admits: 'my second home is with the snow and on the mountains' – and true to form, he is working long and hard to compete in world-class sporting events. Currently training for the 2018 Winter Olympics and World Cup freestyle skiing races, he shares insight into what is involved on all levels:
mental, physical and emotional.
Jamie Prebble, 5th Place Arosa, Switzerland WordCup FreeStyle Skiing Race Final - 13 Dec., 2016
What is a typical training day, month, year, etc?
- I am ‘on snow’ around 140 days a year training for freeskiing.
- In my 'off snow' physical training periods I have 11 trainings a week, a mix of cross-training and fitness.
- I have to spend around 5 months a year traveling around competing.
- I live out of a suitcase over half the year.
- Every aspect has training whether it is mental skills, technical, physical, nutrition, equipment – the goal is to leave no stone unturned.
- I spent some time this year in the Auckland University Wind tunnel, figuring out different positions and we tested a range of fabric materials.
- Always searching for hundredths of a second!
Wind Tunnel Training, Auckland University - New Zealand
Does training differ between events?
The basic foundation of trainings at each event is very similar, however, slight changes are made to focus more specifically on different elements that have a greater importance at different events. I also have a range of skis that are setup for different snow conditions, for example, 'very cold snow' performs very different to 'warm spring snow'.
What challenges you most in skiing?
All the many different variables. I believe skiing has more variables than nearly any other sport. Every turn is always slightly different from the other, and you have to be able to adapt to such a large range of possible events and scenarios. That makes the training interesting though and ensures there is an endless amount of preparation possible. World Cup, Arosa, Switzerland - Photo credit: Oliver Lerch, Dec. 2016
What are your biggest personal achievements related to skiing?
My biggest personal achievements in my skiing are how I decided to pursue a sport that has only ever been dominated by Europeans and North Americans. Odds were stacked against me, but I have proven that it's possible to compete with the best in the world, while trailblazing a path no one else has ever taken.
How would you encourage others in their sporting adventures?
- Find inspiration from athletes and coaches who share similar beliefs with you. I draw my inspiration from a range of people, my family, myself, the All Blacks, Emirates Team New Zealand. Or people succeeding when ‘odds’ are stacked against them.
- Engage in the power of social media to enhance learnings and findings of what the rest of the world is currently doing in your chosen sport.
- I don’t have a specific motto I live by, but more a combination of being able to embrace challenges – and that they are negative if you perceive them as that. Also, to enjoy the big and the little successes that life has.
Who was your role model growing up?
My role model growing up was Aksel Lund Svindal – a Norwegian skier, who in my eyes has the balance of all aspects that is required to be the best in the world. Read more about Jamie Prebble in his blog about his success with wearing Formthotics in his boots.