Elena Curtoni aims to ski all disciplines
Tanned, relaxed and determined. Next season could be the one when 22-year-old Italian Elena Curtoni makes her leap into the big league. The young Italian aims to be competitive in all disciplines, a goal she always pursued, never giving it up.
“I already had a good long talk with both Alberto Ghezze and Livio Magoni,” the youngest of the two Curtoni sisters told Winter Sport News while training with the team in Novarello.
“I found them very open to a dialogue and am really happy and faithful about everything. For next season the priority will be giant slalom and super G, with possibly more slalom training and races if I prove myself worth of a spot. I will ski Super Combined as well. For sure I don’t plan to abandon downhill but there might be races where I will ski the trainings, preparing for the super G and will race only the ones that better suit my skiing. We will see…”
The Valtellina native also renewed her contract with Milka. She will be one of the Milka Girls for the next two years. Compared to the previous summers Curtoni will spend more time with the team during the dryland camps as the slalom/giant slalom and speed groups will often work together to create a tighter team environment.
“The goal is to always be with the team but I will for sure do some training in
Les Deux Alpes when I will be in France with my family. Until Soelden the priority will be giant slalom, so I will go to Argentina in August with the technical group and then I will work for one week with the downhill group but return to Europe with the tech team. I will not stop longer in Ushuaia with the speed team, as they will arrive and leave Argentina later than the first group.”
“The first thing we want to do is build on the specialty where we can aim at podiums and victories.” Raimund Plancker explained.
“In Elena’s case that discipline is super G and she absolutely needs to get back in the first group, especially as we are looking forward to Sochi. In giant slalom the goal is to make it in the top 15 while we also want to make her work more on her slalom as it’s the discipline where she still has a lot of margin. In downhill she has plenty of room to improve, especially on the flat sections,” the Italian coach summarizes the plan.
The ideas seem to be clear and it’s sure a good way to start. Now all that is need is hard work, heart, trust and possibly a bit of luck.
Courtesy of Winter Sport News. The original article can be found here.