Crashed Ice win a thrilling experience for Horst

first_imgIt was the first time the speedy skater had placed first in a final race in the four years he has been competing in the extreme sport. Moose FM and Energeticcity.ca spoke with Horst one-on-one to gain some insight about the first place finish, and also what it’s like competing in such an exciting sport.Horst says his game plan entering the final race, was based on some pre-race scouting on his competitors. Knowing the tendancies of his fellow racers, Horst entered with the idea to stay close enough to be able to make a move around the first turn, as he knew Scott Croxall and Pihlainen take that turn aggresively. Horst says he’d stay close enough that even if nothing did happen on that turn, he would still be close enough behind the two to still be “right in it”.Horst admits he was never intimidated by the other big name racers he met in the finals, as he considers himself just as talented.- Advertisement -“No, I wasn’t intimidated, I consider myself up there with those guys, but I just have never been able to put a full race day together and I always seem to have some bad luck, whether I fall down or something else. If anything, I was excited for the chance to compete against them.”He attributes his win to being more patient this time than other races, saying he usually gets worked up, but in the finals, some pre-race scouting on the track, as well as some bad ice conditions made him reconsider his original gameplan of just “getting down the hill as fast as possible”, and be patient which would leave the door open for any type of racing situation.Horst says the toughest part of a race is keeping on your feet and staying patient with your gameplan. To him, the most important aspect of a race is getting a good start, because once the race begins, it’s tough to successfully pass a competitor. Horst says he doesn’t follow a strict pre-race routine; he just tries to be as prepared as possible before entering a race.Advertisement “I don’t really have a pre-race routine, but I like to do as many runs down the track as I possibly can before a race just to be prapared… the more you do, the more you learn.”Horst’s first race took place in Quebec in 2008, and he describes being overun with emotion.”It’s about as scary of a thing as you can imagine. Coming from Northern B.C. we don’t have too many people, and with my first race in Quebec, standing in front of 120,000 people, you can’t even describe it. It makes your heart jump out of your chest.Fast forward to 2012, and Horst has competed in numerous races in various regions of the world. The racer talked about how his focus has shifted from his first race in 2008 to his most recent event. He says at first the races were just for fun, focussing more on calming his nerves to avoid nervousness. Now it’s turned more serious where he knows there is an opporunity for victory, and much of the focus is achieving the win.Advertisement Horst calls the entire Crashed Ice even an amazing experience where you get to travel around the world and get an opportunity to meet and hang out with people from across the globe. He said the event produces an incredible vibe, with the entire town buzzing even three days before the event, and excitement picking up the day before with music, with all the athletes gathering together and a large group of supporting fans.Looking towards his upcoming race, in order to take first place, he says the most important factors are to maintain consistency, keep your emotions in check and be patient with the entire event. He furthers that by stating it’s also important to pace yourself as the opponents get tougher. Getting back to the finals and winning in Quebec would mean the world to the Fort St. John native.”There would be nothing bigger than winning a race in Quebec. With the atmosphere you get down there, there would be no better feeling than winning.”To watch Adam Horst’s championship winning race, visit the Red Bull Crashed Ice official website.last_img read more

Neymar, PSG begin vital month in style

first_img0Shares0000Neymar celebrates with his team-mates after scoring PSG’s second goal in their 3-0 win at Lille © AFP / PHILIPPE HUGUENPARIS, France, Feb 4 – A superb Neymar free-kick helped Paris Saint-Germain to a 3-0 win at troubled Lille on Saturday as the Ligue 1 leaders began a decisive month as they mean to go on.The world’s most expensive player netted the second goal at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy after Yuri Berchiche had opened the scoring just prior to half-time. Giovani Lo Celso’s delightful chip secured the victory late on, with PSG now 11 points clear of Marseille at the top of the table.PSG have won 12 of their last 13 games in all competitions, including four in a row since a 2-1 defeat at Lyon last month.Their season-defining Champions League last-16 tie against Real Madrid is fast approaching, with the first leg to come in the Spanish capital on February 14.“The best preparation for the match in Madrid is to be competitive in every match and work on the things that we can improve,” said PSG coach Unai Emery.He will hope to have the likes of Adrien Rabiot, Julian Draxler and Thiago Motta back fit for that game, while Kylian Mbappe will almost certainly start at the Santiago Bernabeu.The teenage France forward was absent on Saturday due to suspension after being sent off in the 3-2 League Cup semi-final win at Rennes in midweek.“A lot of things can still happen. I cannot say today who is going to play in Madrid, that is impossible. I just hope the best is still to come,” added Emery, whose team have a French Cup tie at Sochaux to come on Tuesday.– Debuchy debut goal –In Mbappe’s absence, Angel Di Maria again started alongside Neymar and Edinson Cavani in attack, but the Uruguayan was unable to add to his club record tally of 157 goals.Giovanni Lo Celso (r) produced a touch of class to score PSG’s third goal © AFP / PHILIPPE HUGUENSpaniard Berchiche was handed a start ahead of Layvin Kurzawa at left-back and he broke the deadlock right on half-time, drilling home after a poor attempted clearance by Junior Alonso fell to him.Lille are a club with serious off-field worries, concerns about their finances leading to them being handed a transfer embargo that prevented them from adding to their squad in January.Sports daily L’Equipe even reported on Saturday that the club had been told they face being relegated at the end of the season if their financial situation does not hugely improve, regardless of their final league position.Christophe Galtier’s side had looked set to go into the break on level terms before Berchiche struck, and they were upset that Cavani was not flagged offside in the build-up to that goal.Just 13 minutes remained when Neymar effectively ended the game as a contest, finding the top-left corner with a free-kick from right on the edge of the area.It was the Brazilian’s 18th goal in 17 Ligue 1 appearances, with seven of those coming in his last three outings.Lo Celso arguably topped Neymar’s effort with his chip over Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan, as the young Argentine again stood in well for the veteran Motta. The assist had come from new signing Lassana Diarra, on as a substitute for his league debut.Ex-Arsenal man Mathieu Debuchy scored on his Saint-Etienne debut © AFP / FRANCOIS LO PRESTIMarseille claimed an extraordinary 6-3 win over bottom club Metz on Friday, with Florian Thauvin scoring a hat-trick.Fourth-placed Monaco host Lyon, who are third, in a key game in the battle for Champions League places on Sunday.Elsewhere on Saturday, Mathieu Debuchy scored on his debut for Saint-Etienne in their 2-0 win at Amiens.France right-back Debuchy signed a deal until the end of the season in midweek after being allowed to leave Arsenal. He was also involved in the build-up to Remy Cabella’s goal that sealed the win.Bordeaux made it two wins out of two under new coach Gustavo Poyet, beating Strasbourg 2-0 away.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more