Davos World Cup Report & Images

The Davos World Cup came and went on December 11 and 12, overall it was a solid weekend of racing for the Australians without any really exceptional results.  The best performances came from Callum Watson who was 74th in the 15km Classic and Esther Bottomley who was 63rd in the Freestyle Sprint. Nick Grimmer and Ewan Watson were reasonably happy with the way they skied. Some quotes from the athletes are images are included below.


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Waxing conditions were a little challenging on the Saturday but in the men’s race at least there didn’t seem to be many real disasters. Grimmer started well and was ahead of a couple of skiers after the first lap and not far behind Callum Watson, though he faded in the latter part of the race to finish in 80th place. Callum felt better and better as the race went on however at the same time he had to work harder and harder to make his grip work. For the old school skiers Callum ended up about 12.5% off the pace while Grimmer was 19.1%.

For the Sprint on Sunday the course stayed reasonably firm and the snow was a lot faster than during the week. It was still quite a slog into a headwind up the valley twice and certainly a gut-busting course at altitude. Bottomley was 20.4 second behind the fastest qualifier Bjoergen from Norway, and around 12 seconds outside of the top 30. Callum Watson was the fastest of the Australian guys in 90th place, 19.6 second behind Pellegrini of Italy, with Grimmer in 93rd 22.9 back and Ewan Watson 94th 25.6 back.

Athlete Quotes

Ewan: “Was awesome to compete in my first world cup. I was quite nervous before the race, however I felt strong and could push all the way to the finish. I’m happy with my time, but looking to improve.”

Nick: “Was great to start another World Cup, I really liked the course and felt I raced OK, lacked any real spark but kept a good rhythm up all the way to the finish.”

Esther (from her twitter): “Skis were quick, my time wasn’t so quick. Looking forward to some OPA and Swiss cups over the next few weeks.”

Callum: “The classic race was very difficult, primarily due to the conditions. Icy, uneven tracks meant that I struggled to ski efficiently but was still reasonably satisfied with the result none the less. I was very happy with my race on Sunday as I skied strong and in control right the way through even when the lactate began to build up towards the end. It was probably one of my best Sprint results so I am quite happy with how my sprinting form is coming together.”

See also Callum’s blog.

Next weekend the Watsons will head to La Clusaz in France for the next World Cup, while Bottomley, Grimmer and others will travel the opposite direction to the Continental Cup in St Ulrich.

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