Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, para biathlon … what will athletes do when the season is over?

Winter is over. Skiers will clean up their skis for a while, even if the snow continues to decorate the peaks and slopes. At the end of the season, athletes recharge their batteries because they are exhausted and physically and mentally demanding. But very quickly, serious things start again, and it’s a long job to start. 6 months from the start of the season. The best French slalomer, Nastasia Noens, five-time Paralympic champion Benjamin Daviet, and cross-country skier Olympic bronze medalist Ugo Lapulse have confided in the off-season.

“I’m going to take a break until mid-April to rejuvenate what I’m not used to.”.. Worn out after the second full season at the highest level, cross-country skier Ugo Lapulse is a bronze medalist at the Beijing Olympics relay and enjoys this break. The La Clusaz boy, like all teammates on the French team, takes the opportunity to take a vacation. “I’m going to leave with some friends, otherwise I’m also taking advantage of being at home to meet everyone I couldn’t see much of this winter“I will continue to speak the 23-year-old Orsavoie. “Especially the time of decompression”Supporting his trainer Alexandre Lucere.

Meanwhile, for Nastasia Noens, the slalomer of the French alpine skiing team, the time for rest has not yet arrived. “April is pretty intense. There are quite a few events after the French Championship (Held from March 24th to 31st). There are races hosted by Julian Riseroo and Alexi Pantello, which can make you laugh rather than ask for performance. But then we have to do a lot of ski tests and there is a challenge for the instructor to open the track at the end of April. ” Benjamin Davier, four medalist para-biathlon players from the last Paralympics, also held several events to conclude his month in April. “I still have little to do in meetings with kids on the right, left, with partners, or at school.Says five gold medalists at the tournament. After that, it will be a quiet trip in early May.

Benjamin Daviet celebrates his title in cross-country skiing at the Paralympic Sprint event in Beijing on Wednesday, March 9, 2022.  (MOHD RASFAN / AFP)

After April, you can close the page with a six-month competition. “In May, there will be a significant reduction of one month. Nastasia Noans explains. I take a two-week vacation in the sun without snow (laughs). “ And to add: “In the end, it’s the only period you can cut that way.” But cut is not always the term for these top athletes. Especially for these enthusiasts, the transition from everything to everything is complicated. “You can enjoy yourself, but not playing sports when it’s our job is complicated.”Skiers explain.

The business was resumed immediately. After this month’s rest, preparations will begin. Six months before returning to the stress and emotions of the competition, the season is prepair. “Let’s meet in early May”Ugora Pulse says about the founder of the French team. Alexandre Lucere, his trainer in the tricolor group, continues: “For cross-country skiers, recovery is fast, holidays usually take place in the second half of April and resume on May 1.” The program has some obligations: “It’s up to everyone: cycling, running, we do what we want to do.”Slip on Lapulse, a former world champion in the youth category.

“There are several cycles of preparation, but at first, everyone identifies the amount per week, sets a specific number of hours according to their characteristics, and schedules accordingly. There is only a specific session. Weight training and speed. We do it all together. “

Alexandre Lucere, coach of the French cross-country ski team

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One activity is inseparable from these reunions. It’s a combination of all sports. It is the building of muscles. The opposite is not Nastasia Noance for 15 years at a high level. “We do a lot of cycling and aerobics.”, She says.Benjamin Davier also puts the bike in the program for recovery “calm down” It’s early June, but returning to it also means “”Bodybuilding and roller skiing “..

The first tournament will resume soon, “Early December”, For the Paralympic champions. The World Cup of Cross-Country Skiing will resume in Luka, Finland, on the last weekend of November. Alpine skiers will start at the end of October on the Soelden Glacier in Austria.

Some places are part of the decoration when you have to prepare your body for the next winter. They are like a second home for athletes. In alpine skiing “We are usually at the Albertville National Center “June,” said Nastasia Noans. However, over time, habits may change and preparations may adapt to the athlete’s will. “I like to start preparing my body in Nice at home, because at the moment the weather in Savoie is not very good and it is very hot.”, Smiles at the customs of the French team. Once the preparations begin, it’s fashionable to put the skis back on. “We ski in the Les 2 Alps (Isere) in mid-June and July.Noans continues. Otherwise, go to Val d’Isere in Grand Pissia. Also, I am fortunate to be able to go to the dome in August with slalom. ”

Benjamin Davier also knows the training dome. “We are going through a tunnel in Slovenia (Planica, Scandinavian temple) In September. So we are starting an intensive snow session. “ In Biathlon, if the Oberhof Tunnel (Germany) is the benchmark, pFor cross-country skiing “Less and less”, Testify to Alexander Lucere. Important locations that also apply to biathlon and other Scandinavian fields are Premanon (Jura) and the Scandinavian and Zhongshan Ski National Center (CNSNMM). “We meet there at the beginning of preparation and go to the glacier of Tignes and other glaciers of Europe in June and July. (Like Ramsau in Austria last winter)Early October “Testifies to Alexander Lucere, who has been in charge of planning the French men’s cross-country skiing elite since 2018.

To Argentina and Ushuaia, both in France and abroad For alpine skiing – – Destinations that may return this summer after a pandemic – time consuming to prepare and keep athletes away from home. “From May to the end of March of the following year, we are with themDoubiste shows a cross-country ski coach. We are with them in preparation and have about 15 days of training a month. “ It’s better to return a medalist enough to reinforce the idea that being a high-level athlete also means forgetting your home.