Its been a stormy spring. I think the “silly season storm ” had its epicenter in the Swedish Mens Speed team.
Due to new thoughts & ideas in the Swedish ski federation my 2 previous coaches are no longer with me & due to me skiing with the Vikings & the Cunucks & HEAD being on the hunt for more success, my ski technician Armin is now also being transfered to another assignment (Julia Mancuso).
I´ve been working with Armin for 2 years & it hurts to to see him leave without the two of us having any real success together. We had a cuple of decent top 10 results, but the real deal was unfortunately never there. He has really been working his ass off every day & I´m sure if he keeps working like that & if Julia will get along with the new HEAD Skis , the success will be there for him!!
What about me?? Well as I said, due to me skiing with the Cunucks & the Vikinings a new perfect situation showed up for me. Me & Ben Thomsen who had a really amazing season last year with a 2:nd in DH Sochi will team up & have Gudbrand Smith-Ericsen as our skitech!
“Smitty” was working with Marco Büchel for ages & when I made my first appearances on the WC tour in 2004, I was given the privilege to ski the skis of Marco. It was more or less in these 2 years I made my self a name in the World cup. I was the young kid that was absolutely crushing it in the flats, but unfortunately I was just as slow in the turns, as on those “easy” sections! . Now almost 8 years later I have learned or at least improved my turning skills & with Smitty´s magic under my feet I hope & I think that things can turn out really good
A lot of new stuff for next year!
*New titanium enforced leg.
*New coach Ulf Emilsson.
*New ski technician “Smitty”
*New Team with Vikings & Cunucks.
*New Ski partner Ben Thomsen.
*New Ski´s with new sidecut regulations
*New situation coming back from injury.
A lot of news & to me, the whole package kind of smells like good news!