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Geyer sets sights on European Cup place in Chamonix

By Herald Express  |  Posted: December 19, 2013

  • SLALOM SPEEDSTER: Geyer on is way to third place in Isola – right with his trophy

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SKI racer Jai Geyer heads for Courcheval in France this weekend looking to move closer to a place in the European Cup series.

Geyer, whose home is with parents Adrian and Sue in Ipplepen when he isn't hammering down the slopes, had a season's best in Isola 2000 recently when he finished third.

Results had not been kind to the 23-year-old slalom specialist as he hadn't finished in any of his previous seven races.

Geyer hopes his improved form will help him qualify for the European Cup round starting in early January and keep alive his hopes of reaching the qualifying standard for the Sochi Olympics.

The standard is being consistently below 30 points on the FIS scale and Geyer is clearly moving in the right direction.

"After a frustrating run of crashes and did-not-finishes, I bounced back with a best-ever result in giant slalom, getting on the podium with sub 30 FIS points," said Geyer.

"Isola 2000 is about an hour north of Niece, and is a favourite of mine as I had a good result there last season.

"I was ranked 15th going into the race and with some French Europa Cup athletes in the field, I had to go for it.

"I felt good warming up, so I raced more confidently and freely, taking a couple of risks in the race but also getting the balance right to make sure I didn't blow out.

"The margins as ever on ski racing where fine, as I finished seven hundredths of a second off second place and about half a second from the winner.

"I was delighted to hit a personal best early in the season as that validates the training I've done.

"Confidence is such a big part of performance. I know this will help me going forward."

There are races in Courcheval this weekend followed by more racing in Valmeinier on December 26 and 27.

If Geyer performs well he can qualify for the European Cup in Chamonix on January 3 and 4.

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