Q&A André Myhrer
Sweden's World Cup veteran André Myhrer is going into his 13th World Cup season with a lot of confidence, since he just came out an excellent season. The tech skier, who claims 194 World Cup starts and 22 podiums, is aiming for a World Championship medal, but not only. Discover what this passionate skier has to say about the past and the future.
Congrats, you are back on the top of the slalom ranking! A 4th place in the final standings, a win and a podium, I bet you’ve been waiting for this since the 2012/2013 season. How does it feel to look back on a successful season?
Of course, I’m very pleased with my 4th place in the standing, I believe it’s the 3rd best season in my career. Considering I was 22nd on the list before we raced in Japan, I can't be anything but happy. However I am aiming higher and will try my best to turn that 4th place into something better next season.
Yet you started the season with three DNFs in slalom and had one more in Schladming. What was the problem on those races? What was missing?
I didn´t really get everything to work the way I wanted it at the beginning of the season, but I kept fighting together with Head, my service guy Tomas and our coaches, and it felt like we found something in the setup just before the race in Japan and from there on, it was just working out.
You’re becoming kind of a specialist of parallel races, with a 2nd place at the City Event in Stockholm and a 3rd place at the Parallel Giant Slalom in Alta Badia. What does it take to be a good parallel athlete? What makes you so good at it?
I skied a lot of parallel races since I was young and I know I am fast in parallel with the SL skis but the GS parallel in Alta Badia was a surprise also for me. I don´t know why I am good at it, I just love the kick of adrenaline of racing against someone at the same time on your side. You have to be brutal when you ski parallel, and search for those spots in the course where you can gain speed and I believe I am pretty good at that, so maybe that’s an explanation.
The Team Event will become an Olympic discipline in 2018. What do you think of these new parallel formats? Is this the future of the Alpine World Cup?
I love it, I think it´s a nice complement to all the other disciplines and I am certain it will benefit the sport. By staging these events in cities, like we did in Stockholm last season, we can bring our sport closer to the people and attract a bigger and wider crowd. Why not try to make 4-6 races, turn it into its own discipline and let us ski for a globe in parallel as well?! That way, you could end the discussion if we should award SL or GS points. You could also let more racers compete and maybe have kind of a qualification beforehand so that the event itself doesn’t get too long.
You already have an Olympic medal, but you didn’t claim a podium spot at World Championships yet. What about St. Moritz 2017? The course for sure suits you since you won the Slalom there at the Finals.
Yes, I miss a WSC medal and I hope of course to repeat the achievement from the Finals. It is a hill that suits me well. I raced my first World Championships in St. Moritz in 2003, so this will be my 8th try for a podium spot. I hope I will be able to go home with a medal this time.
Tell us about your summer plans. Are you training together with the Swedish team, or is the dryland season an individual matter? When and where are you going back on skis? What will the main focus be on?
I didn´t have so much planned for the summer, besides becoming a dad. It´s nice to be home and spend time with the family after a long season on the road. So I’m doing all my summer training at home alone, without the guys in the team. But it´s kind of nice to keep the distance for a while, in a couple of weeks we are heading to Zermatt for our first camp and from then on, we will see each other every day all winter long anyway.. ;)
This summer, you became a dad for the second time. Congratulations :) How hard is it to keep the focus on skiing when the family is growing? How do you handle the career vs family balance?
Thank you! The focus has shifted slightly over the last three years, but in a good way. Too much focus on one thing is not good either and I believe I found a good balance between being a professional ski racer and a professional dad.