Ski Star Thomas Dressen Eager for World Cup Start: ‘I’m Ready to Race’
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Following a challenging comeback season, ski racer Thomas Dreßen is determined to reclaim his former prowess. As he dons his gear for the upcoming World Cup season, he expressed, “The feeling fits again.” In an interview, the ski star delves into his season preparations and reveals the path to rediscovering his self-assurance. Above all, one can sense his palpable excitement for the upcoming season.
It’s 9 a.m. when Thomas Dreßen enters the exhibition grounds of the MOC Event Center in Munich. The queue is already long as the 29-year-old lines up at the registration desk with two travel bags.
The German Ski Association’s dressing is the annual kick-off to the winter and the “first Christmas” for many athletes.
This year, too, around 700 athletes, coaches and officials are fitted out with new clothing and equipment over two days.
The summer was “very good,” says downhill skier Dreßen a short time later. The birth of his daughter Elena spurred him on at the end of June: “It gave me quite a boost in terms of motivation.” Since his daughter was born, he is even more motivated.
DRESSEN TRAINS A LOT RIESENSLALO
In the coming season, Dreßen would like to attack the front again in the downhill World Cup. Last winter he “skied badly at times,” says the 29-year-old, looking back self-critically: “Technically, I often made mistakes when I was skiing at the limit. And you can only get rid of them by working on the technique.”
His last podium finish in the World Cup was three and a half years ago – when he won the downhill in Saalbach-Hinterglemm and finished third in the super-G a day later.
In order to regain his stability, the speed specialist trained a lot in giant slalom in the spring. In the downhill and super-G, the giant slalom helps him to avoid technical mistakes. Especially when things get “tight,” says Dreßen.
THOMAS DRESSEN: SELF-CONFIDENCE IS BACK
“That’s what distinguishes a Kilde or an Odermatt – they are also at the limit, but they don’t make any technical mistakes at the limit,” says the 29-year-old. This ability has also made him stand out in the past, he says: “That’s where we tackled and I think we’ve done quite well.”
The Mittenwalder is listening more to his feeling again. The basic technique and body language fit again.
“Everything is coming together better again and that gives me self-confidence, of course, and with self-confidence the rest comes naturally,” he says. Even if he has to be careful after many injuries. He is simply “like an old-timer that needs to be looked after”.
DRESSEN READY FOR THE START AT THE MATTERHOR
The new World Cup season starts on November 11. “I’m looking forward to Zermatt and hope it takes place,” Dreßen says of the premiere on the Matterhorn.
Last winter he was also looking forward to the speed opener in Zermatt/Cervinia, the 29-year-old emphasized. However, with different omens: “Last year I just wanted to race again because I hadn’t raced for so long. Now I want to race because I’m ready from the feeling.”
Dreßen is not yet sure whether he will also compete in the super-G next season. That depends mainly on how his form is in training and how he feels physically, he says.
The speed team has one remaining training session in Zermatt before the season commences. Dreßen aims to meticulously fine-tune his preparations and determine the setup with which he intends to make his resurgence on the Matterhorn. Undoubtedly, he is fueled by an abundance of motivation.
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Following a challenging comeback season, ski racer Thomas Dreßen is determined to reclaim his former prowess. As he dons his gear for the upcoming World Cup season, he expressed, “The feeling fits again.” In an interview, the ski star delves into his season preparations and reveals the path to rediscovering his self-assurance. Above all, one…