Hotham’s Louis Muhlen to ski with world’s best

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YOUTH Olympic Win­ter Games bronze medal­list and Mount Hotham alpine skier Louis Muhlen will start train­ing with some of the world’s best skiers un­der a new for­mal agree­ment with the United States’ ski team’s high per­for­mance de­vel­op­ment program.

Mick Branch, alpine direc­tor for Ski and Snow­board Aus­tralia – the peak or­gan­i­sa­tion for the na­tion’s com­pet­i­tive ac­cred­ited snow sports – said Muhlen was a “promis­ing ta­lent” whose in­clu­sion in the US program was an in­valu­able op­por­tu­nity for the 19-year-old.

The young­ster was reg­u­larly on podi­ums in in­ter­na­tional alpine FIS races in 2016-17 and was awarded a bronze medal in ski cross at the Youth Olympic Win­ter Games in Lille­ham­mer in 2016.

Ski and Snow­board Aus­tralia be­lieves he has the de­ter­mi­na­tion and con­sis­tency to be a real player in an in­ter­na­tional alpine ski­ing field.

The un­prece­dented op­por­tu­nity for an Aus­tralian to train with the US ski team re­sults from the ad­vo­cacy of out­go­ing Aus­tralian alpine direc­tor Brad Wall and Branch’s Amer­i­can con­nec­tions.

Muhlen said it was amaz­ing to be given the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop his ski­ing ca­reer with such a highly suc­cess­ful program.

“The program it­self is in­cred­i­ble with a great group of ath­letes to work with and chase, as well as a strong staff group to help support and guide us,” Muhlen said.

“I think the program has a great thing go­ing for it and it can be seen in the skiers it has pro­duced.”

The US ski team has pro­duced some of the world’s best skiers – Ted Ligety, An­drew Weibrecht and Lind­say Vonn.

“This is an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity for Louis to con­tinue to im­prove his skill set in a high per­for­mance en­vi­ron­ment within his peer group,” Branch said.

“And we hope to con­tinue our agree­ment with the team into the fu­ture.”

Muhlen will re­ceive high per­for- mance on-snow coach­ing, strength and con­di­tion­ing, ski ser­vic­ing and ac­cess to the best train­ing venues in the US and in­ter­na­tion­ally dur­ing the year-round program.

“The thing I am most ex­cited for is the ri­val­ries with my team­mates as ev­ery­one here (in the team) is a strong skier, it’s ex­cit­ing to never know who could win race train­ing that day,” Muhlen said.

Un­der the program, Muhlen’s short-term goal is to se­cure solid plac­ings in North Amer­i­can Cup (NorAm) FIS com­pe­ti­tions with a view to break into World Cup com­pe­ti­tion with top 30 fin­ishes.

“Over this sea­son I re­ally want to work hard on my GS and Slalom,” he said.

“I am still plan­ning to race speed as well as train it but I think with a good strong base of the tech­ni­cal events will also help my speed ski­ing.”

Louis is cur­rently in New Zealand for his first camp with the team and will head to the USA for a con­di­tion­ing camp be­fore ar­riv­ing at the US Ski Team’s train­ing venue in Colorado in Novem­ber.

His first com­pe­ti­tions will be FIS races in Colorado be­fore Christ­mas, and then onto the first NorAm events.

“One day I hope Aus­tralia will be able to bring to­gether its top young ath­letes and have them travel and train to­gether all sea­son like with this program.”

Paul Vey has worked as an ac­coun­tant in the Alpine Shire for over 17 years and heads the team that will look after all your ac­count­ing needs.

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