Thompson eyes Olympics
Woodstock’s Bob Thompson will aim for a spot on Canada’s Winter Olympic ski team
Bob Thompson has improved on his results with each passing ski season.
As he enters the 2017-18 competitive season, he’s aiming for his best yet with both the Winter Olympics as the main goal.
“I hope to qualify for the opening World Cup sprint starts like I did last year,” Thompson wrote in an email from Austria where he’d been training in previous weeks before returning to Canada.
“Getting three top 30 results on the World Cup circuit is the strongest Olympic pre-qualification standard I can get. Having finished 30th in the World Cup finals at the end of last winter, I just need two more and there are two sprints in December I can qualify for,” he added. “Winning an Olympic start is my primary goal for this year.”
The Woodstock Collegiate Institute graduate will hold a fundraiser tonight at Boston Pizza from 5 to 7 p.m. to help offset costs for his upcoming season.
The ultimate goal is the Winter Olympics, which saw Thompson come close in 2014 when he won an Olympic qualifying race in 2014.
This past season saw Thompson end with his most successful year to date. He competed in 11 World Cup races and qualified for sprint heats for the first time. He’s hoping the success from last and previous years will continue to propel him forward.
“Having done that, I think will take some of the pressure off trying to do it for the first time with not knowing how it takes,” he wrote. “I can now go into future starts more confident knowing more about how it feels to be in the mix with the best in the world.”
Throughout the summer, Thompson said he trained with a mix of running, roller skiing, biking and ski walking and a training camp in Thunder Bay with the majority of Canada’s top skiers attending.
“This made for opportunities to push myself against my competitors from the other training centres in Canmore and Quebec.”
In the coming months, Thompson will be kept busy on the slopes in North America and Europe, starting with the Frozen Thunder World Cup qualifier Nov. 1 with World Cup races beginning the last weekend of November. The NorAms also open in Canada the end of November with an Olympic qualifier in Mont St. Anne, Que. in early January.
Thompson spent the past several weeks training in Europe on the Dachstein Glacier in Austria. He said they stayed at a 700-metre elevation and go up to at least 2,600m to practice on 15-kilometres of ski trails.
“The early on snow time and the benefits of altitude training were the main advantages of the camp,” he wrote. “The snow was incredible this year with winter like conditions for most of the three weeks we skied.”
In addition to the physical training, he noted he’d been improving his nutrition and recovery process following races.
“There are the smaller things that can build to make very large gains over a season or career,” he wrote. “On top of trying to make my sprinting as solid as I can.”
For people interested in following along Thompson’s year or to help with fundraising, visit his website at: http://thompson-xcskier.ca/index.html email@example.com twitter.com/GregatWSR
I hope to qualify for the opening World Cup sprint starts like I did last year.”
Fundraiser for upcoming ski season
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Woodstock's Bob Thompson, seen here skiing at U.S. ski nationals, is eyeing a possible spot on Canada's Winter Olympic team. The Woodstock Collegiate Institute graduate will hold a fundraiser tonight.