Bro­ken el­bow healed and Cox keen for lo­cal sea­son

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MT Beauty’s Olympic mogul ski­ing sen­sa­tion Britt Cox is gear­ing up for an­other bumper ski sea­son at home, off the back of a ‘short but sweet’ north­ern hemi­sphere win­ter.

jour­nal­ist re­cently sat down with Mt Beauty’s Olympic mogul ski­ing sen­sa­tion

to chat about all things ski­ing and much more.

The past sea­son was a short but sweet one for me this year. I had a great year of train­ing lead­ing up to the sea­son but right be­fore my sched­uled de­par­ture for the be­gin­ning of the World Cup tour I broke my el­bow dur­ing a tram­po­line train­ing ses­sion. I missed the first event of the sea­son and had to re­main in Australia at the AIS to re­hab and do more strength and con­di­tion­ing train­ing. The pos­i­tive was that by the time I reached snow in mid-De­cem­ber I was strong from the ex­tra time spent de­vel­op­ing my phys­i­cal ca­pac­i­ties in the gym. I had two su­per fi­nal fin­ishes, a 6th and 3rd on the World Cup lead­ing up to the World Champs in Aus­tria where I came home with the Bronze medal in the sin­gle moguls and 5th in the duals.

I was very proud of my re­sult in Sochi. I am a com­peti­tor at heart and when­ever I com­pete I am aim­ing to be the best on the course. My train­ing on the course in Sochi in the days lead­ing up to the com­pe­ti­tion, as well as my qual­i­fi­ca­tion runs in the early rounds were not my best ski­ing. I wasn’t ski­ing like my usual self, which may have been a re­sult of try­ing to fig­ure out the course rather than just let­ting go and ski­ing in­tu­itively. I had some time to do some video anal­y­sis and talk to my coaches be­fore the fi­nals. I also had a re­ally big talk to my­self to flick the switch for rest of the night and then for the fi­nals I just trusted my abil­ity and let it rip. It was re­ally spe­cial to have so many spe­cial peo­ple in my life there to share the mo­ment with.

My sec­ond Olympics were very dif­fer­ent to my first Games. My qual­i­fi­ca­tion for Van­cou­ver was very last minute and un­ex­pected. At that time I had my sights set on 2014, but af­ter com­pet­ing in my first ever World Cup, which hap­pened to be the last qual­i­fy­ing event for Van­cou­ver, I man­aged to earn a spot on the Olympic team. I was very young and ab­so­lutely blown away with the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence com­pet­ing in the Olympics. Sochi was much more planned and per­for­mance fo­cused. By 2014 I had a few sea­sons on the World Cup cir­cuit un­der my belt with some strong re­sults. I qual­i­fied for Sochi more than a year out from the Games and I went to the 2014 games as a much more ex­pe­ri­enced com­peti­tor.

Im­me­di­ately af­ter the Sochi Games I was think­ing about the 2015 World Cham­pi­onships. The World Cham­pi­onships are ev­ery two years and the next most sig­nif­i­cant event for a mogul skier af­ter Olympics. Next sea­son is a non-World Champs year but the World Cup cir­cuit runs through ev­ery north­ern hemi­sphere win­ter and I’m hun­gry to stand on the top spot of the World Cup podium.

Our whole team was re­ally strong at the Deer Val­ley World Cup this sea­son. We had a few ath­letes com­pet­ing in their first World Cup who had some im­pres­sive re­sults and my long time team­mate Matt Gra­ham snatched his first podium with sec­ond place in the sin­gles. I skied strong and con­sis­tent in the su­per fi­nal in the sin­gles but knew that I needed to turn up the heat for the duals to get back on the podium. Duals is al­ways ex­it­ing, but un­der lights in Deer Val­ley is re­ally some­thing and I used that en­ergy to push my­self through the rounds. It was a nice con­fi­dence boost lead­ing into World Champs the fol­low­ing week.

It’s my favourite stop on the World Cup cir­cuit for a num­ber of rea­sons. It’s a night event and the course is lit up un­der lights like a big theatre and the crowd is ab­so­lutely in­sane. All the com­peti­tors are in­spired to put on a great show. Deer Val­ley is also spe­cial to me be­cause I have so many spe­cial mem­o­ries there. It was the place of my first World Cup where I qual­i­fied for the 2010 Olympics and my first World Champs fi­nals in 2011. I have also done a lot of train­ing in the Park City/Deer Val­ley area both in the sum­mer and win­ter and I re­ally en­joy the at­mos­phere of the town.

Aus­tria was my fo­cus for the sea­son. I re­ally locked into a good mind­set from the mo­ment I ar­rived there and my train­ing strat­egy was smart and ef­fec­tive lead­ing up to comp day. I was stoked to put down my comp run in the way I vi­su­alised and trained and I was con­sis­tent all day. I was so happy with my ski­ing and it felt great to be re­warded at a ma­jor cham­pi­onship for my train­ing through­out the year.

My last event of the sea­son was not a good one for me. I didn’t ski at the level I was ca­pa­ble of and I made some mis­takes com­ing out of the top air. But that’s part of be­ing an ath­lete. I think it’s im­por­tant to take re­spon­si­bil­ity and recog­nise my mis­takes be­cause it gives me the op­por­tu­nity to learn from them. I prob­a­bly did too many train­ing runs at that event and wasn’t fresh for my com­pe­ti­tion runs.

When I got home in early Fe­bru­ary I spent some time rest­ing from for­mal train­ing but still kept very ac­tive do­ing moun­tain bik­ing at home in Mt Beauty and prac­tic­ing yoga. I also went on a lit­tle surf trip with my brother. I recom­menced for­mal train­ing at the AIS in March, fol­lowed by wa­ter ramp/aeri­als train­ing in Mel­bourne in April.

I spend as much time with my fam­ily as I can when I’m in Australia. I do so much trav­el­ling so I don’t get to see them much but it makes the time I do get with them spe­cial and I re­ally value that. While the types of ac­tiv­i­ties change the train­ing is on­go­ing through­out the year. I love it and I’m mo­ti­vated by my goals, so it never feels like a chore, just an op­por­tu­nity to make gains.

Strength and con­di­tion­ing is a very im­por­tant as­pect of mogul ski­ing. Mogul ski­ing re­quires strength power, agility, foot speed and anaer­o­bic power so we spend count­less hours in the gym each week. Sports sci­en­tist, Jamie Young­son, at the AIS, com­piles my train­ing pro­gram.

I’ll be train­ing on snow in our do­mes­tic sea­son as well as com­pet­ing in the Aus­tralian Na­tional and ABOM mogul chal­lenge. The Aussie sea­son is a re­ally good op­por­tu­nity to make changes with both ski­ing and jump­ing. My aims are to trans­fer the work I have done on the wa­ter ramps onto snow and con­tinue with the de­vel­op­ments I have just made to my turns in Whistler and start putting all of it to­gether in full runs. I love com­pet­ing in our home events here in Australia and one of the things I love so much about mogul ski­ing is that you can have lit­tle kids com­pet­ing in their first ever mogul com­pe­ti­tion all the way up to na­tional and Olympic team ath­letes all train­ing and com­pet­ing on the same course. I re­mem­ber be­ing in­spired when I was lit­tle, see­ing se­nior ath­letes ski on the same course as me and I hope I can have a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence on the fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of ath­letes in Australia’s win­ter sports.

I started do­ing part time uni­ver­sity this year, study­ing a Bach­e­lor of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, on­line through Open Uni­ver­si­ties Australia. Study­ing and train­ing is de­mand­ing, but I like the chal­lenge and the bal­ance pro­vided by de­vel­op­ing my­self out­side of sport.

The course I am do­ing keeps me open to a num­ber of dif­fer­ent op­por­tu­ni­ties. Af­ter the first year I will choose to ma­jor in Busi­ness Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and PR. I hope to com­bine my ex­pe­ri­ences as an ath­lete and knowl­edge gained from this course in post ath­lete life. In what way yet we will wait and see.


CHAMP: Britt Cox has bounced back from a bro­ken el­bow.


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