Cara Brown is a 3 x British Alpine Ski Champion. She talked to us about her journey and how she’s preparing for Pyeong Chang Winter Olympics 2018.
Born in London to two Scottish parents (also keen skiers), Cara went on ski holidays every Christmas from a young age. At seven years old she moved to live in Milan, Italy which brought her even closer to the mountains. Her parents soon realised that Cara enjoyed skiing down the pistes as fast as possible and put her into her first race camp at eleven years old, moving onto her first ski races at age twelve. After that the rest was history, soon moving up through the British rankings and onto the Scottish and then the British ski team.
Cara of course has her highlights, including winning the British Ladies Overall Champion title for the last three years in a row, in addition to the Overall Champion title for the second time plus the Ladies Giant Slalom title. She represented Great Britain in the World Junior Championships and finished 36th in her first ever World Cup race in Val D’Isere.
Despite all that excitement, everyone needs their down time. When it dumps down with snow, Cara forgets about competition and tries to make the most of the powder with friends. She even gave us insight into what kit she uses on these days.
Ski Choice on a Powder Day
VANTAGE X 80 WOMEN'S
“I ski on Atomic generally because they respond best to my skiing- whether it’s racing or freeski. They always give back the amount of work that I put into them. The Vantage X is really cool because once you’ve got them on the edge, they turn so quickly and smoothly. They’re really light but stable and so it’s so easy to ski through any snow conditions”.
“Last year I played around with the plates on my skis quite a bit to find out what suited me best. I had a flat pair, a pair that was higher at the front and another that was higher at the back. Adding the extra plates at the front definitely suited me best as did it make it easier to get the ski going at the top of the turn”.
Winter 16/17 is set to be a busy one. After coming off the back of an ACL injury, the first month of Cara’s season will be about getting back on skis and freeskiing. Once her knee is 100% then she will be a force to be reckoned with. The main target is to make the World Championships in St Moritz but aside from that, the aim is to keep improving world rankings and defend national titles.