We are following David Wise during the X Games. Italian rider Markus Eder joins us !
On this second X Games day, I met Markus at 9am at the bottom of the slopestyle. The italian rider arrived the day before after winning his X Games wildcard on the SFR Freeskiing Tour. Markus says he's living a dream : skiing with superstars like Wallisch, Brown or PK Hunder. Markus who is the freeski revelation of the year with a second place at Linecatcher, had a nice practice time. He lands cleanly many good runs and finished his 3 hours practice time starry-eyed. His D-Day is on thursday...
Markus at the top of slopestyle before his first run.
At the end of slopestyle trainings, I met David at athletes' catering in Diva hotel. All riders get breakfast, lunch and dinner there. He was having a chat with his girlfriend and two friends. He slept late this morning and his schedule will be to spend some time on his laptop and practice at the end of the day. What a hard life ! Nevertheless, David is an unassuming guy and doesn't stay too long in Diva's hotel lobby with others riders.
David and his girlfriend Alexandra enjoying the sun...
Markus fighting with his bindings.
Meanwhile, Markus is fighting with his skis in the hotel basement. He has to fix it himself. Hopefully, the X Games organization opened a ski room with tools and wax.
At 5pm, the second and last superpipe practice starts. David tells me on the way: "I'm trying to land my tricks, I must be confident for tomorrow and do my back to back double at the end of my run". There is less pressure on Markus' shoulders. As he is a multi-talented and passionate skier, he sneaks into the superpipe practice. He was so excited : "it's pretty fun, I'm loving it, I wanna try everything !". Markus is always happy when he's on skis !
David tries his doubles, crashed several times but he's flying higher than the others during practice. He says he's "pretty confident" for the qualifications. His knee hurts a bit, so he's having a rest watching his coach's videos to improve his tricks.
See you tomorrow...