It 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.
Everton Full-back Leighton Baines is set to take a step forward in his recovery from injury, though admits he is unsure when he will make a return to first-team action.The 30-year-old has not featured at all this campaign after undergoing surgery on an ankle injury in pre-season.He will play in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Everton’s training ground on Wednesday as he steps up his comeback, but admits he is far from being up to speed.“It’s really difficult to judge because I’ve never been in this position before,” he told the Liverpool Echo.“I played 90 minutes in pre-season [in a friendly against Villarreal] and that’s the only 90 minutes I’ve played in the past six months or so.“In that six months I’ve probably spent a grand total of two weeks training with the team so it is new territory in that sense.“But I’m trying to see it in the most positive light possible in that I’ve had a really good break.“I’ve had two pre-seasons with a break in between and I feel really good for it and I hope to come back and be fully fit and ready to be available.“I’ve done a lot of fitness work, a lot strength work but I am back into full training now and full contact and a we have a game this week so it is just about getting football fitness and match fitness now.“I feel good in all other aspects so it is just about ticking those other boxes and with the work I’ve done over the last few months, hopefully that will stand me in good stead to progress through this next stage quite quickly.” Everton full-back Leighton Baines 1