Athlete Profile: Alex Gibson

For the first of what will hopefully be a series of articles featuring various athletes on the Aus XC Team, AUSXC had a few questions to put to 17-year-old Alex Gibson, who will represent Australia along with other young athletes at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck. Gibson, along with team mate Lucy Glanville, will compete in this inaugural event next week in Austria. Gibson will compete in both the men’s 10km Classic on the 17th and the Freestyle Sprint event on the 19th. Gibson has been preparing for the games training and competing in the US, and took some time out leading up to Innsbruck to share a bit about himself with AUSXC:

Hometown: Melbourne
Home resort: Falls Creek

Coaches: Jean-Claude Legras, Finn Marsland, August Teague and Keith Jephcott
What keeps you fit outside of skiing?

Playing water polo, basketball, swimming.
How did you get into XC skiing?

My parents started me skiing at age 3 and I started racing through my school (Ivanhoe Grammar School).
What do you love about XC skiing?

Being able to glide along trails with just nature around you, nice and peaceful.
Favourite XC skiing moment?

Winning the Under 18’s 10km Classic at Perisher.

Favourite place to train outside of Australia?

Tahoe donner, California
Favourite training sessions?

Doing level 4 intervals.
What do you like to do in your spare time?

Going bike riding on my BMX or playing waterpolo and basketball.
Goals for 2011/2012 northern season?

Place in top half of field for Youth Olympics and get under 170 FIS points for Austrian champs.
Goals for 2012 Australian winter?

To be the fastest Under 20 classic distance, skate and classic sprinter.
Long term goals?

To compete in multiple world cups, 2014 and 2018 Olympics.
Goals outside of skiing?

Go to college in America, become a sports scientist or physical education teacher.

How are you feeling heading in to the Youth Olympics?

I’m pretty excited and a bit nervous. I feel really fit and I think that I will go really well in the sprint.

For updates on the Youth Olympic Games head to: http://www.innsbruck2012.com/en/sports/disciplines/cross-country_skiing

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One Response

  1. Do we have an email address for Alex? BNSC would like to wish Alex all the best for his racing at the Youth Olympics.

    Alex, we hope you have a really enjoyable time and gain lots of skill and confidence from your experience there.

    You will be racing against the best young skiers in the world. You’ll need to set realistic and achievable goals then just go out there and do your best! Good luck and good skiing!

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