Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Swiss Training

Swiss national team members Martin Anthamatten and Lukas Huser turned up at Cheeseman last night and after the boys had a big sleep in (the first time in a good bed in 3 weeks) we headed out in the wind for a ski.

Martin and Lukas are extremely strong, with Martin finishing 14th and Lukas 36th (9th in espoir) in the World Champs in Champery, Switzerland. I was preparing for the worst and expecting to get my ass handed to me, but was pleasently surprized at the casual pace they trained at. The wind was howling at the ridge top and I think it was a good intro to spring skiing in NZ for the 2 young Swiss.

video Pretty amusing when we got to the top and Lukas realized that his boots didn't match his bindings, meaning he had to ski with his heal free, the joys of being sponsored and having too many skis.....

video

The ski down was pretty nice and I was again amazed how fast the "fast guys" are able to ski on little race gear, especially Lukas with free heals!

Martin and Lukas are in NZ for 2 months preparing for the up coming races in Europe.

2 comments:

  1. Hey guys!

    Nice to hear some storys about you. It's quite interessting to see how Lukas is skiing in NZ. I had also experiences on the windy snow in NZ ;)

    We miss Lukas and hope you'll look good after him, so he can stand the whole time in the Kiwi-Country =)

    We're looking forward to seeing more films about you.

    Have a nice time and say hello to Lukas.

    Roger and Regula
    some friends :)

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  2. Hi Roger and Regula,

    Thanks for stopping by! Lukas and I had some nice skiing, now Lukas is down south, I think around the Mt cook area. Hopfully he is looking after him self and he'll b ehere till December!

    Cheers
    Grant

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"The skier who forsakes the lifts to climb under his own power to a mountain summit is a very different person from the downhill only piste basher and is often regarded by the latter as something of a curiosity.
But he was the creator of the sport; and possibly with him lies the future"
-Robin Fedden, The book of Europen Skiing, 1966
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