2013 was a great year. Last winter was good and this winter started very good as well. Now its 2014 and the next weeks and months are packed with highlights. First we have big world cup races like Wengen and Kitzbuhel. And shortly after that it´s off to Sochi Russia and the 2014 Winter Olympics. Exciting times ahead!! I feel good, I´m skiing fast and ready to have some fun! First in Wengen and Kitzbuhel. These are to great world cup races with spectacular courses, big crowds and lots of adrenaline. And olympics are olympics. To me that is the best way to put it. It´s olympics! That word bring out so many good memories. Not only from racing, but from being a part of something even bigger than that. Feeling that olympic spirit. Cant wait;) So stay tuned people. Exciting times ahead!!!
Thanks for a great 2013. Every year has its ups and downs, but all its been great. Thanks to all those small and big moments that all together make the life that we live. Let’s make 2014 another great one. Thanks
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Lake Louise is done and that really does mark the start of the world cup. From here on its races every week, both speed and technical. Lake Louise has usually been good to me, and so it was this year. It was hard to live up to last years double victory. And I was a little worried that I wasn’t well enough prepared. The last two weeks of training before Lake Louise didn’t not go well. First I stretched a muscle and then I was sick in bed for three days. But on race day you just have to forget about that stuff and go with what you’ve got. And seems speed is good this year to. Fast in training run, 4th in the downhill and a win in Super G. So lets try to keep it that way. And in as this US newspaper says, keep crashing(!) those gates…
After a week of training in Colorado we moved north and into Canada to get more and hopefully better training. As I wrote in my last post, my training in Colorado was far from perfect. We got very limited space and time from the americans to ski downhill and super g. And on top of that I managed to pull a muscle and had to take 3 days off. In canada things started out just about the same. We were given the chance to ski as much as we wanted to. But first a snow storm and then me in bed for three days with a cold.. That’s not a great plan for good trainig. But luckly I did get a few good days in the end. And now all of that is history anyway. Its race time! Looking forward to the speed races here in Lake Louise. Always a great place to get the speed tour started.
I played an intense game of poker with the HEAD team. Watch the video and go to HEAD POKER if you wanna try and win my ski gear.
We are in Colorado to fine tune the skiing before the season kicks off with speed races in Lake Louise. The conditions here are good, but there are a lot of teams here so it´s hard to get good training every day. Some of the slopes have rocks in them, so then we cant try our race skis. Trying out your best skis to see what pair is the fastest. That process is usually one of the most important factors when training just before the race season begins. But I have some fast skis from last season that I know is good enough to win races, so I might just have to bring those out for the first few races this season.
The training on the best slopes here in Colorado is great. Probably the best in the world. As we are in USA this is of course controlled by the US skiteam. That´s a great advantage. I wish we had that under control and could get the best possible training everyday for the whole month of November. That would be a huge advantage, not only for the world-cup teams. I think even more important for Europa-cup and junior teams. So that´s a challenge every nation should look into. Build a training slope that could make snow this early. Not only for slalom, but for full length super-g and good downhill. If you want to get good at something you need to practice. In the winter you’re busy racing, but in November you could get a full month of training and be better prepared for the race season than any other nation.
In February there is a great big event coming up. The Olympics! Olympics are cool. But Olympics have special rules and I will have to change the design of my normal Sweet/Red Bull helmet. So I need your help. Make some cool graphics and I will race with your design during the Olympic Winter games this winter. Check out guidelines at redbull.no/aksel and download a basic sketch of the Sweet helmet to work from. The winner will also get a trip to Kitzbühel to present the design. I’m excited to see what you all think and what’s possible to do with my helmet. Thanks for taking part;)
A few days in Oslo before its winter travles and ski,ski,ski for the next 5-6 months. Getting good physical training done and wrapping up some last meetings and commercial shots etc. This time is kinda hard. After the first race in Sölden all you want to do is ski. Physical condition is good and some exciting meetings. Stay tuned, there’s some exciting projects coming up. But more on that later. I’m soon off to Colorado. Its time to get this winter started!!
After the race in Solden I jumped straight into my Audi and went on a two day mission. First to Kitzbuhel to the official gondola ceremony. Every winner in Kitzbuhel gets his name on the gondola that tkes you up to the downhill start. This time it was my turn. The cool thing was that the legend Franz Klammer(!) never did this himself, so he also came along to do this at the same time. He´s a cool guy, so that was great timing. After we wrapped up that franz and I went straight to the opening og a new HEAD pro shop in Kitzbuhel. The first HEAD pro store world wide., and we got the honors of opening it.
When that was done I got back into the car and headed for Salzburg and Red Bull´s Hangar-7. Every Monday they do a TV show from there and I arrived in Salzburg just in time to be a guest on the show. It´s a good show, but even more impressive is the location. Inside what is a full glass airplane hangar on the Salzburg airport. It´s filled with F1 car, motorbikes, helicopters and all kinds of airplanes. All of them operational, something that I got to experience the next day.
I have long wanted to take a flight in real jet, a fighter jet. So when Red Bull told me this spring that I could choose whatever machine they have and go for a ride in it, then there was no question. I know Red Bull has a few Alpha Jets and that was for sure the choice. But as clouds gathered and it started raining Monday night we were all a bit worried that the flight would be cancelled. But the weather cleared just enough to get an awesome flight in the area and trough the mountains around Salzburg. So fun! The view to the glass in a jet is sick. You have a feeling of being so close to nature even though you´re blasting past. I would say the flight was just as much beautiful as it was thrilling. The only time a was nervous was before the flight, when I was showed how to unbuckle, open the glass and jump out with my parachute if needed. That did seem a bit dramatic. Towards the end of the flight the pilot(Philip) decided to show me a few moves you can do during an airplane dogfight. I was very close to getting a review of my breakfast from that morning. But i kept it in and didn’t have to use my parachute. Good stuff!