Summer report from the Swedish Freestyle Ski Team

28 July 2011 14:05

Summer report from the Swedish Freestyle Ski Team

The pre-summer started off slightly caotic as our head coach, Jean-Paul "JP" Richard left Sweden to go back home to Canada. Tomas Carlqvist was announced as the new team captain and Jesper Björnlund decided to end his career as athlete taking on a position as coach in stead.

"It's really sad that "JP" decided to leave us but at the same time I understand him recently becoming a dad, that he of course wants to be closer and spend more time with his family", Tomas Carlqvist says. "At the same time I'm happy that Jesper decided to continue with us as a coach. His experience and knowledge being one of the best moguls skier in the World will help our athletes taking yet another step in the right direction. Together with Lasse von Stedingk as acrobatic coach we will have a really strong coaching team having all the conditions we need to reach our goals".

Goals for the season are already set. At the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, two Swedish athletes started, in Sochi we want it to be four guys and three girls. The work we need to do to get there has already started.

"JP started this progress already last season and we will continue his work" Thomas says. "The long-term goal is prepared and the amount of work we lay down now will make sure we reach our goal".


Even though the coming season is without any Championships, its just as important to the National team.

"We've started with the Olympic competition already. Our goal is that our athletes should have a technical and fast race including two jumps within the most difficult category. This summer a lot of time will be spent on progression training for Back Full. Next season already some of the athletes will manouver Back Full and Cork7 at some of the World Cups. Next step would be to include more roatition to these two jumps. For next season the goal will be to have focus on this process and be able to perform at the highest level taken these conditions into account. In addition we will continue the work JP started with mental training".


The following season has the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships in Voss, and the athletes will qualify for the Olympics.

"Everything we work on now will make sure the athletes feel comfortable and manage their new jumps by the Championships kicks off. If the athletes are comfortable, they will qualify for the finals and even better both at the Championship and in the World Cup. Voss 2013 will be used as a repetition before the Olympics, we want our athletes to be prepared in the best possible way for the Olympics in Sochi. In the pre-season before the Olympics we will adjust and work on the details and have the main competition run perfect".

To meet the IOC criterias to be able to compete in the Olympics, the athletes needs to be ranked within top 30 in the world. The Swedish Olympic Committee will have the final call however on who they choose to select.                          


How is the summer training going so far?

"After a few weeks with jump training in the end of May and beginning of June in Åre, we had a week on Bosön (an island in Sweden) after Midsummer. The first camp was with our new coaching team. In addition to practice on our jumps both on land and in water we had physio as well. A lot of our athletes had not tried the water ramp at Bosön earlier but they managed the jump really well trying out the real tricky ones". 

In the middle of July the team went to Folgefonna in Norway starting their first snow training.

"Our focus for this camp was to give the athletes the opportunity to test their new jumps and work on the details we've already tried out in the water. Folgefonna offered us perfect training conditions and we could combine snow and water jumps with trampoline. It's also been cool to see how fast Jesper has grown into his role of being a coach".


Two weeks are waiting them with physio, trampoline and water jump training in Åre before the team takes off to Australia for three weeks of snow training.

"We've planned for 15 days of snow training in Australia which leave us enough time to work on the technical elements and focus on the new jumps on the moguls course. To start with we will build up the long runs the athletes will compete on this winter. Arriving in Zermatt in October our athletes will be able to race the complete run".

The traditional moguls World Cup opening will take place in Ruka, Finland on 10 December.


Fredrik Sätherberg Back Full at the water ramp in Folgefonna


Jens Lauritz doing a Cork7 on Folgefonna

Per Spett flying high at Bosön