Morgan Arritola (USA) finished 34th in yesterday’s 10km freestyle, her best result in a European World Cup. This is Morgan’s first season racing regularly on the World Cup circuit.
You had a great result today, did you feel this was one of your top international performances?
I have not been satisfied with how I have been racing since arriving in Europe, but today was a step in the right direction. I still don’t have that “all out” gear but I am confident it will be there when I need it to be.
How did you feel prior to the race? Did you think you would have a good one today?
I felt okay warming up. I really worked on being positive about everything and being ready for anything. I didn’t feel great for the first lap of the race but I skied in to it.
I never let the warm up dictate my thoughts about how I will feel during the race. I have had some of my best races when I feel awful during the warm up and vis-versa. I try not to let my mind decide how my body will feel – it’s best to keep the mind out of it sometimes.
How did this race differ from your other World Cup starts this year? Did you make any changes?
I am getting more comfortable being on the WC every week and I am starting to feel like I belong over here. The major change was my attitude. I just stayed positive and relaxed. I also have to admit the whole have sunlight-thing really helps me out too. Davos is a really nice venue.
How has your first season racing the World Cup been going overall?
It’s been so fun and I have learned a lot. I can’t wait to get back over here for the spring.
Topher Sabot is the editor of FasterSkier.