Small sets big future goals
By JUSTIN JENVEY
COMING off her second Winter Olympic campaign, Greta Small is back in Australia, and injury free for the first time in three years.
The 22 year-old alpine skier who battled her way back from two serious knee injuries to qualify for February’s PyeongChang Games, will now spend July training at Mt Hotham.
Although her preseason is already well underway, Small recently told the Alpine Observer/Myrtleford Times when training at the Australian Institute of Sport, that she’d been able to enjoy some time off at home in Porepunkah.
“After travelling and living in one bedroom apartments in Europe it’s so nice to go home,” she said.
“It’s such a beautiful part of the world and with the river in the backyard it’s just nice to relax and do nothing.”
Small said she’d had time to reflect on her second Winter Olympics where she competed in all five alpine disciplines and secured Australia’s best ever women’s results in downhill with a 20th place finish.
“Coming off my second serious knee injury, to recover from that, qualify for the games and then compete at the same place where I had my injury was definitely one crazy year,” she said.
“I was so proud of my downhill result and now I’m looking forward to the next four years and building on that with some strong training and coaching.”
Small made some changes at season’s end and is now working under one of the coaches who previously helped guide American champion Lindsay Vonn.
Already this preseason she has been to California for a two-week training camp and either side of that, has been at the AIS working on her strength and conditioning.
“At the end of the season I decided I needed a fresh start ahead of the next period in my career and the World Championships next year,” Small said.
“With the goals I’ve set, I made some changes which I hope will help get me to the next level - achieving World Cup medals.”
Small plans to race the Australia and New Zealand Cup at Mt Hotham this July after missing the event in recent years and is also keen to enjoy some turns away from practice.
“This is the time of year I do have a little bit more freedom to have fun with my skiing so if it’s a powder day I get a chance to go out with my friends,” she said.
“Once you’re over in Europe it’s all racing.”