Adrenaline, power, tactics and a few nudges. Skicross is one of the most challenging and fun to watch white disciplines. The Livigno champion reveals her secrets
Last weekend won a European Cup race. Not bad for an athlete who until very recently was divided between skicross and alpine skiing. Jole Galli, athlete of the sports group of the Carabinierie ambassador of Kask, tells the secrets of his “new” discipline. With an eye to Beijing.
How did you start skiing?
“My career started with alpine skiing and giant competitions but at a certain point I found myself in a moment where I no longer knew what I wanted. I owe my sister the choice of ski cross as a new discipline, she could see me very well between the humps and the jumps, perhaps because I already liked doing them just for fun. The skicross is run in four, shoulder to shoulder on routes that vary depending on the track. As a discipline it approaches the giant for speed but jumps, humps, curves and natural obstacles can remind you of freestyle. In each challenge the first two pass the turn, a real very funny duel “.
What do you like most about ski cross?
“Definitely the race, get him off shoulder to shoulder with your opponent makes the adrenaline rise and the desire to give the best. Stopwatches are not necessary just look to your side and understand where you are and how to face the race. Contacts between competitors are frequent, the elbow is there, and for this reason we are equipped with a safety airbag in the event of a fall at speed. In skicross you need a lot of resistance – in a day you run several heats -, a lot of power in the legs to cushion the jumps and humps, elasticity and balance. It goes without saying that the head, as always, must be concentrated to the maximum: in addition to the course, the other competitors must also be managed “.
Are there particular workouts to follow for ski cross?
“The training is similar to that for alpine skiing. When you don’t ski, you practice lots of biking, running, roller skating as well as going to the gym to strengthen the muscles. As far as nutrition is concerned, as always, it is subjective, I am lucky enough not to get fat and I do not miss anything but I tend to follow a healthy and balanced diet “.
When you are not in training or racing what do you love to do?
“The free time available is very little, therefore stay with my friends and family is my goal. I like being in the mountains, I dedicate a maximum of one week a year to the sea as I suffer a lot from the heat. When I can I go climbing or give myself long bike rides. I can find true relaxation at home, in Livigno, drinking a beer with historical friends “.
“Obviously this year with the Olympics the answer is obvious. But I will aim to do it first a good season in the World Cup I think it is a very important step. Coming from alpine skiing I have a good technical background, training is very important and then our team is really made up of a very stimulating group. I can’t wait for the skicross track to be built in Livigno, so I can train safely from home “.
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