David Mor­ris Q&A

Alpine News - - Front Page - By VANESSA BA­CON-HALL

AAN: Con­grat­u­la­tions, what an achieve­ment, how does it feel to be an Olympic sil­ver medal­list?

DM: It’s a re­lief! We all dream that our train­ing, blood, sweat and tears pays off and mine has af­ter 12 years of fight­ing hard for it.

AAN: Can you let the Aus­tralian Alpine News read­ers know a lit­tle about you and how you ended up be­com­ing an ae­ri­als skier?

DM: I’ve skied since I was three and been a gym­nast since the age of four. I was never fan­tas­tic at gym­nas­tics but I had the body aware­ness needed for big­ger skills. Kirstie Mar­shall walked into my gym one day and saw me tum­bling and flip­ping around when I was about 19 years old and asked me if I’d like to try aerial ski­ing, as there were no boys in the sport in Aus­tralia.

Kirstie of­fered to train me for free in her spare time and she in­tro­duced me to the right people and backed me since day one.

AAN: Com­ing in to Sochi did you feel con­fi­dent and ready for com­pe­ti­tion and did you feel that you had a good lead in to the games?

DM: I was def­i­nitely ready and well pre­pared to com­pete in Sochi and had no doubts in my mind that I would per­form bet­ter than my Van­cou­ver 2010 cam­paign, where I fin­ished thir­teenth.

I was ready to take on the day and I was con­fi­dent in my abil­ity to per­form un­der pres­sure, as I seem to be able to do on a weekly ba­sis.

AAN: Take us through that night? Day 10 of com­pe­ti­tion? It was a long night for us watch­ing back here in Aus­tralia, but what was it like for you?

DM: It was a very long night for me too, but luck­ily I was well pre­pared on ev­ery level; phys­i­cally, men­tally and I had put in the count­less hours of train­ing to be there that night.

I landed my first jump (full-dou­ble full-full, three flips and four twists) and fin­ished equal first in the ini­tial qual­i­fi­ca­tion round which put me straight through to the fi­nals.

Any­one who wasn’t in the ini­tial top six then had to jump again in an­other qual­i­fi­ca­tion round, how-

ever, I went in­side and lay down, not pay­ing any at­ten­tion to the rest of the com­pe­ti­tion, I just smiled and closed my eyes be­cause I’d al­ready achieved a re­sult higher than in Van­cou­ver.

I was an Olympic fi­nal­ist and any­thing from here on was a bonus.

AAN: Did you ex­pect such a great re­sult?

DM: I don’t think we can ever ex­pect a re­sult given the na­ture of the sport, but I do be­lieve I de­served it as I’ve worked hard and put in the time and ef­fort.

I jumped on days when the weather wasn’t great and oth­ers stayed in­side, I jumped when I was sore and re­ally strug­gled to be out there and that’s how I earned the sil­ver, over years of do­ing this and slowly mak­ing lit­tle gains over ev­ery­one.

People ask me what it’s like not to get the gold medal, like I lost it and came sec­ond in­stead, but when the com­pe­ti­tion started that day, ev­ery­one was in last place and no one is guar­an­teed a medal, even if you think they will get it.

We’re all in last and have to earn a place in the next round, each time beat­ing people.

I earned sil­ver that day and I was beaten by my friend, An­ton Kush­nir, who most cer­tainly earned the gold.

AAN: Fi­nally, will you be aim­ing to head over to South Korea for the next Win­ter Olympics?

DM: I will take this year off, rest my body and my brain un­til I am in the right headspace to ded­i­cate my­self to an­other gru­elling few years. We have a strong team now and I look for­ward to watch­ing their progress this year and hope they get the re­sults they de­serve and have worked for.

I want to re­turn and I want to get a gold medal, so I will rest and re­cover and do what­ever it takes in or­der to be able to re­turn and com­plete that goal. The sport­ing world has def­i­nitely not seen the last of me.

AERI­AL­IST: David Mor­ris took out the sil­ver medal in the Men’s ae­ri­als fi­nal at the Sochi Win­ter Olympics ear­lier this year. Still rid­ing the wave of adu­la­tion from win­ning an Olympic sil­ver medal in Sochi, David Mor­ris took some time out to speak with...

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