The 2017/2018 northern winter is underway, with Australian Team athletes opening their racing accounts with very promising results in Scandinavia over the weekend.
Racing in Olos in Finland, Aimee Watson was 36th in the 10km Freestyle and went under 90 FIS points for the first time since 2015. Aimee’s 50th place in the 5km Classic was also solid, against a field of over 100 skiers including Krista Parmakoski from Finland and Justyna Kowalczyk from Poland. “I was skiing well, but still have some fitness and technique things to work on, said Aimee via email. “Hopefully upwards and onwards! Off to Saariselka tomorrow.”
In Bruksvallarna in Sweden Callum Watson and Seve de Campo also waved Australian flag with impressive performances. Callum’s 21st place in the 15km Freestyle on Saturday was his best ever result in Bruksvallarna, having raced the season opener there three times before. The 15km was won by Chris Jespersen from Norway by over 30 seconds. Via Instagram Callum reported: “Kicking off a big season with one of my strongest openers. Satisfied with 21st in the 15km at #bruksvallsloppet.”
In the 10km Freestyle the same day Seve posted an impressive 18th place in a field of over 100 juniors, also qualifying to race World Cup with his first ever sub-120 FIS point result. Both boys also had solid results in the Sprint races on Sunday, though missed out on qualifying for the finals.
Kicking off a big season with one of my strongest openers. Satisfied with 21st in the 15km at #bruksvallsloppet. Thanks for supporting me into this winter @clifbar @polaraus @rollerskiaustralia @southnordic @gelatinaustralia @xtm_performance . . . #clifbaraus #feedyouradventure #polaraus #v800 #winter #sports #athlete
Next weekend Aimee continues racing in Finland, while at the other end of Scandinavia Liam Burton is set for the Norwegian season opener in Beitostolen.