Davos World Cup

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Jackson Bursill (pictured below) will make his World Cup debut as the circuit moves to Davos in Switzerland. He will be joined by experienced campaigners Phil Bellingham, Callum Watson and Esther Bottomley.

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The last Australian to debut on World Cup was Paul Kovacs in December 2012. This large gap between the two is not due to a lack of newly qualified athletes with the likes of Xanthea Dewez and Casey Wright both qualifying for World Cup starts during the 2013/2014 season. The gap shows that Australian skiers are spending more time focusing on training and competing in age and ability appropriate races before making the step up to World Cup.

For Jackson the World Cup start is designed to give him experience at a World Cup level after three years of solid training and continuous improvement. “I am both extremely nervous and extremely excited,” commented Jackson on Friday night.

For Callum, Phil and Esther the World Cup signals another chance to race against the world’s best. Callum, who was lying in hospital not that long ago (pictured below in hospital and racing in Sochi), being on the start line is an achievement within itself and part of an incredible story of recovery. He will be hoping to continue to improve on his results from Lillehammer last weekend whilst being mindful of his body current limitation.

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Callum Watson, 30km Skiathlon

 

For Phil (pictured below), and I quote, “I’m keen not to go slower than I already am.” Esther is also recovering from a minor leg injury but will nonetheless hope to race well on her home (well second home) trails.

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Esther Bottomley - Sprint

Esther Bottomley – Sprint

Davos, like the rest of central Europe is having one of its driest starts to winter. Despite this the race organisers have done a fantastic job to get the courses set by making snow up in the mountains and trucking it down to Davos. Those Australians training in Davos have had to make do with a crowded 1.5km loop in the lead into this weekend.

Due to the lack of snow Davos will host the World Cup’s this weekend and next weekend after La Cluzas in France announced they did not have enough snow.

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