Adam Zampa: The shooting star from the Tatras
Two years after his first tentative slalom at Levi, Finland, Adam ‘Sangy’ Zampa finally achieved one of his premiere career goals last weekend at Soelden scoring his first World Cup points on the Rettenbacher glacier. The 22-year-old Slovak from Vysoke Tatry ended the World Cup Opening at an unexpected 9th place and joined his teammate Veronika Velez-Zuzulova as the only racers from his country capable to clinch points on the World Cup tour!
This superb performance puts him in great position to become the first “Longines Rising Ski Star” at the end of the present season and collect the newly created award during the World Cup Finals at Lenzerheide, Switzerland.
Zampa, who is coached by his father Thomas, has entered nineteen World Cup races in the last two years without making the cut for the second run – yet at Soelden, where he wore bib 40, he definitely confirmed his potential with the achievement that allows him to enter the World Cup Start List in giant slalom in 37th position with 29 points!
“This is way more than I expected, it’s huge. I’m really very happy with that great result,” he jubilated after the race while being congratulated by his friends. Interestingly enough, many people were not particularly surprised by Zampa’s performance after his excellent summer in Australia and New Zealand. “He really was on a roll ‘Down Under’, he won eight FIS races in a row and clearly captured the overall ANC title ,” explained his racing director at Salomon, Christian Frison-Roche.
“We have been following him for years and strongly believed in his potential,” the Frenchman added. “In the past summers, he has been training hard with Veronika Velez-Zuzulova who enjoys his company a lot. I was confident about his chances to qualify in Soelden, we knew he was in good shape and that our new skis were efficient,” Frison-Roche commented further. “He is a great skier and I’m convinced he can achieve even more in slalom. I’m looking forward to the race at Levi now.”
Adam aims for more fun
24th in last winter’s Europa Cup overall standings, Zampa reached a podium on that circuit end on January in Zell am See where he shared the 3rd place with France’s Cyprien Richard in the giant slalom won by USA’s Tommy Ford. Apparently this result boosted his confidence enough to fight for much more last summer. He travelled to spend two months in Australia and New Zealand and accumulated a series of impressive results there, skiing each time as hard as possible.
As Veronika whom he considers like his sister, Adam has always been strongly supported by his family. His parents take care of his travel and training expenses and his younger brother Andreas also trains with him whenever possible. His dad was a former racer too. His mom runs a sports shop and a pension – Tatrasport Zampa in Stary Smokovec - just outside Vysoke Tatry.
Even some of his grandparents have been involved in ski racing – a grandfather, Frantisek Zampa, raced for the Czech Republic and a grandmother – Olga Zampanova born Brukova – competed for Slovakia. His great grandfather, Karol Bruk, was member of the first Czechoslovakian Ski Team…
Adam Zampa was skiing at the tender age of 3 but had to wait until the age of 11 before starting to focus on racing and technical training. In the meantime, he skied a lot in the Tatras and had much fun on the slopes around Vysoke Tatry. Free skiing remains very important to him to keep on fully enjoying his activity on snow. That’s why he doesn’t want to set himself precise goal for the present season.
“I prefer not to speak about this before a season,” he explained last summer to fisalpine.com. “All I know is that I want to race in the World Cup and Europa Cup the way I ski in training. I just want to have two very good runs from start to finish and I believe the results will come. All I want is to stay healthy, have some luck and love, and the other things will come.”