Q&A Dominik Paris
With an outstanding end of the season, Italy’s Dominik Paris was a serious contender for the downhill cup standings, but a crash in the training before the last race blasted his chances to grab his first globe. How is he doing now? What were his feelings throughout the winter and with which goals is he going into the 2016/17 season? The South Tyrolean took time to answer some of our questions.
First of all, how are you feeling after your crash in St.Moritz? You didn’t participate in the final super-g and in the Italian Championships, was it a precaution or is the injury more serious than expected?
I’m ok, I’m feeling good again. I suffered a rupture of muscle fibres and couldn’t start in the last races of the season. But it’s fixed now.
The Finals must have been an emotional rollercoaster for you. You were coming to St.Moritz with two downhill wins in a row and a good chance to grab your first career globe, then you crash in the training and couldn’t ski at your full potential in the race, but then your teammate Peter Fill took the first downhill globe for Italy. How did you handle these up-and-downs?
In our sport, things can go up and down very quickly, it’s part of the game. I don’t let this affect me, and always try to look forward and keep fighting.
What an incredible end of the season for you. At the beginning of the winter you were good and constant, but struggled to hit podium spots. It looks like something changed in February in Jeongseon. In the 10 remaining races you participated in, you finished on the podium 6 times, including 2 victories. How do you explain this?
I don’t know exactly. At the beginning of the season, I had little setup problems and I was missing the necessary confidence. But as the races went on, I got more and more assurance and in Jeongseon I felt really good and could attack 100%. I didn’t expect it, but it worked out right away.
Your 10 career downhill podiums came in 10 different venues, so you can handle pretty much every conditions. But where do you see your downhill strengths? What kind of course do you like the most?
I’m not sure neither on where my strengths are. I think I’m able to adapt to the conditions and the track, and that’s what makes me fast. The flat parts also suit me pretty good. My favourite races are Kitzbuehel and Bormio.
Besides your 3rd place in the downhill standings, you also grabbed your first alpine combined podium and ended 4th of the discipline ranking, only 4 points off the podium. Is this something you want to focus on next season? Do you like slalom and the challenge with two different disciplines? Or are you a pure “speed guy”?
The main focus will stay on the speed disciplines. I like slalom, it’s fun to ski the short turns, but I don’t think I’ll target the alpine combined. Even though I’d like to improve in the tech disciplines, I’m definitely more of a “speed guy”.
Tell us about your summer plans up to the World Cup opening in Sölden. What is Dominik Paris doing when he’s not on the ski slopes? And what’s your favourite part of summer training?
Basically, my summer plans are training plans. I’ll do a short break for holidays, but the rest of the summer, I’ll be training and looking forward to the winter and being back on the skis.