“I really like the slope in La Molina. It is technical with a big drop and the snow is very hard. I also look forward to Tignes as it’s my home course! I know the slope well and my family can come.”
France’s multi-world and Paralympic para-alpine skiing champion Marie Bochet has said she is excited about the upcoming World Cup races, starting with this week’s event in La Molina, Spain.
In 2013, 20-year-old Bochet had a week to remember in La Molina becoming the first skier ever to win all five titles at one World Championships. Her success led France to the top of the medals table.
“I really like the slope in La Molina,” said Bochet who followed up her 2013 world titles with four gold medals at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.
“It is technical with a big drop and the snow is very hard. I also look forward to Tignes as it’s my home course! I know the slope well and my family can come.”
Ahead of the 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in Panorama, Canada, Bochet will compete in a number of World Cup races and has highlighted early February’s event in St Mortitz, Switzerland, as one of her favourites.
“I love the slope in St Moritz. It is very interesting with its ground movements and slope changes. It is always a nice course,” she said.
“After St Moritz it’s the World Championships in Panorama. The slope there is not the best for me, but I love the North American snow that is found there.
“I am looking forward to all these events as part of tackling the season ahead.”
Following her stunning success in recent years, Bochet has been keen to ensure she does not change her winning formula that has led to multiple titles.
“I have not changed anything in my way of working. I still have the same coaches for physical preparation. The training load is much the same, all I did was shift the recovery period to leave me a little time,” said Bochet who took an extended summer break in 2014 to recover from the Paralympic Winter Games.
The break did Bochet good and she now claims to be more motivated than ever. She is however reluctant to say whether she believes she can retain her five world titles in Panorama.
“It was quite a feat in 2013. There were many reasons why I enjoyed success in La Molina but I have no idea if it will be repeated. In March we will see!”
Bochet will be one of 130 athletes form 30 countries competing at the 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in Panorama, Canada, which take place between 28 February and 10 March.
The IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup in La Molina starts on Thursday (8 January) with slalom races and runs until 11 January.
Full results will be available.