Our CEO Panu Lehti called Val D’Isere for a pre-race chat with Philipp Schörghofer. Here are Philipp’s answers to the seven tough questions ahead of tomorrow’s race at 10 AM.
How were the conditions in Beaver Creek last week?
The conditions were difficult, uneven hard and soft snow throughout the whole race course.
How would you rate your performance in Beaver Creek?
It’s good to be back in the saddle after such a long break. However, it goes without saying that I’m not satisfied with the results.
I never imagined that I could be so nervous before a race like I was last weekend, and you could see it from my first run.
The first part of the second run was much better, but unfortunately, I made a rookie mistake in the middle section. Luckily I finished the run without a DNF.
How did the skis perform in Beaver Creek?
The skis were fantastic! Everything worked really well even in the challenging snow conditions.
Have you been on the skis this week after flying back to Europe?
We took it easy on Monday and Tuesday, but after that, I was back in my normal ski training routine.
How do you see the upcoming race in Val D’Isere?
Val D’Isere is entirely different from Beaver Creek. It’s a proper giant slalom course. It is quite difficult as it’s pretty steep. You have to push 100%, “vollgas”, the whole run. I actually like Val D’Isere much more than Beaver Creek.
How do you see the weather conditions for the weekend?
Hopefully, the snowstorm comes after the race on Saturday as forecast. But unfortunately, it looks like it will be snowing a bit already on Saturday.
You said that our skis worked well in Beaver Creek, but how will they do in Val D’Isere?
The Augment World Cup GS skis worked really well In Beaver Creek, but they really excel in the places like Val D’Isere or Alta Badia.
Be sure to tune in and follow the race tomorrow 8th at 10 AM CET!