Small sets big fu­ture goals

Alpine Observer - - Sport -

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.”

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