Broken elbow healed and Cox keen for local season
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.