Canadian Women’s National Alpine Skiing Team | Patagonia Dreaming

Canadian Women’s National Alpine Skiing Team | Patagonia Dreaming

This is just a return to snow, sort of,
the first camp of the summer. And for us here, it’s just to,
kind of, keep working on what
we’ve been introduced to. The last time we skied
was in May. So it was quite a few months. In that amount of time,
we got strong and now we have to put
that strength back on to snow. I think it’s just a lot of
race prep. I’m trying to get stronger
and better on my skis, just to feel more confident
for the next camp and then for the season. And then, also,
slowly ramping up the skiing and, like, now starting to do
some timing, probably. Just trying to put it
in different situations where you’re in the pitch or on
the ice today, which was… The first day is always tough! You feel a little bit…
a really different feeling. (PATAGONIA DREAMING) No two days are the same. Sometimes, it’s flat light, so you have to choose
your goggle lens. You have to, kind of,
push through that. A lot of it’s just
pushing through it, because you can’t change it. The best thing is that it
prepares you for a race scenario, because we race in fog,
we race in snow and on ice. So every day is a
little bit different, and I think that, kind of,
makes skiing special. You can’t quite prepare
for what you’re going to get. Your lunch! Your ear’s out. We’ll have
another session later. And we’ll do
a special warm-up today because we’ll have more time. We’ll pretend
it’s a warm-up before a race. And we try to adapt ourselves. We usually do
a long warm-up, so, when they put on the skis,
they’re well-trained and ready
to avoid injuries and stuff. And today we’ve added
agility and speed exercises so that, in the first run,
they are as strong as possible. The idea
is to focus and pretend that you’ll be running a race and to get a bit
of that feeling and tenseness. To control those things
that make you anxious, so that you
try to do your best. You have to work,
to focus here. Valerie is an old friend
of mine. We’ve been skiing together
for… What, four years? All my team-mates
are good friends of mine. It just helps a lot to have
them around. They really encourage me
and keep me going. She’s the best. She’s one of my best friends
on the team. With the team behind you, they really help
bring the positive back into it and why you’re doing it and why you’re here. That’s kind of the idea –
to keep everyone motivated and not to be hard
on themselves. Just push towards
being positive, always. Nice, Candace!
That’s good! Yeah. – Cerro Castor.
– Sure! Come on! The ski area in Cerro Castor
offers a big variety on slopes. We can train different terrain. We can stay within the trees and it’s more like winter
in Europe or also in the States when we have our important
competition period going on. And it’s gorgeous. I love how we are
near the ocean where we stay and then there’s mountains
at 40 minutes, not very far. You don’t get that
in many places. It’s actually amazing. It’s great training
and we’re very happy as a team. Oh, my God! – It’s normal, don’t worry.
– How was it? – Good try.
– I’m trying. That’s good. I think sometimes,
on these camps, we’re trying to fix things
or change things, so it can get very frustrating
if it’s not working. Maybe one run
you’re doing it really well and then you go to do the next
run and it’s just the opposite. Some days, I’m like,
“This course is really hard”, and one of the girls is,
like, really loving it and going really fast. So I’m like, “Oh, my God,
I can go fast too!” It’s really pushing me. The hill is great.
The snow is a little bumpy, so it’s hard to transfer what
we’ve learned into the course. But we’re slowly getting there. Training on ice
is one of the difficulties, but that’s something
we do every year. It’s not, like, something
we’re uncommon to or just haven’t done it
this year, so that’s always a bit of… It feels like a slap
in the face, really! I’m not being able to put
in what I learned so far this summer yet, but I’m working on it
every run. Sport is really hard. Sport is hard because you put
all of yourself into it. You put everything you have,
you put everything on hold, and I think that that’s what
makes the difficulties so hard. We’ve all had difficulties. But, at the same point, you
become a little bit stronger. When I was young, I set a goal that I would go
to the Olympics. I didn’t think
about how I would get there, I didn’t think
about the steps or the process. I just said,
“This is what I want to do.” I think that it’s so special
being Canadian because, no matter what, you have the support
of your country. (CANADA MADE ITS DEBUT
IN CHAMONIX, 1924) Everyone wants to be
a medal contender. Everyone wants to get that,
to stand on the podium. And that’s my dream. Whatever your goal is,
just always try and achieve it, because I’m already
on my way there and it feels amazing
just to know that I’m always one step closer
to reaching my goals and my dreams. You gotta love it. You gotta be passionate
about it. If you really want
to be an athlete and to be really at the top
of that sport, you gotta love
training and working hard and you’ve got to love what
you’re doing, because it’s all about fun,
really. We work hard,
but those sacrifices come so much easier
when you’re having fun. (PATAGONIA DREAMING)

3 thoughts on “Canadian Women’s National Alpine Skiing Team | Patagonia Dreaming

  1. Got to be honest, disappointed in these ladies. Their coach should really watch their skiing in slow mo. Way to much weight on the inside ski. A lot of A-Frame stuff happening. (In my opinion)

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