“My feelings during training are confirmed”

this Armand Marchant Smiling and positive resolute from the analysis of the seventh place he got on Sunday in the slalom Val d’Isere. The Thimister skater did not miss his first World Cup race of the season and immediately signed the second best result of his young career. “I’m really happy. I felt very good in training and that was confirmed in the raceHe explained Monday to the “Belga” agency.

I really wanted to confirm this first race. I was very good but it is still different in the race. I am very satisfiedLiege, who will celebrate his 24th birthday this Tuesday, added.

On Sunday, Marchant tamed the gruesome face of Belvard, the legendary slope of the French resort. “I was able to make good parts, got a good skate and the commitment was there. It is encouraging for the future‘, analyzed Marchant, who nonetheless missed the start of the first half and another at the end of the second.

For the first time thanks to his third-fastest time in the second round, the Belgian finally failed to climb onto the 17th podium, even closer than he was fifth in Zagreb in January 2020.

Amazing physical strength, and despite his terrible knee injury in January 2017, Armand Marchant appears to have crossed a mental path. “I found some stability. I’m moving step by step after going through a lot of ups and downs when I was young. I’m building the right way.

Returning to competition at the end of 2019, Thimistérien ensures that his knee problem “behind him“and this is”The puzzle pieces start matching each other“.”The confidence is there after finishing last season well and finishing 10th in the world championships. I skate with more maturity.

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Technically good, Marchant thinks he still has to.”Be smarter in certain paragraphs and always stay focused“.”I still have to gain experience. I have level skating, have no physical problems and am mentally on top. The goal is to have a full season so you can strike a real balance afterwards.

Everyone who is thinking of taking a step further in terms of equipment now would like to piece together the good results to move up the global hierarchy and thus have a better bib at the start. “Being on the podium is still the goal. In skateboarding, you have to know how to take your chance at the right time‘ added Marchant, a fan of the Austrian Marcel Hirscher.

In two months, Marchant will play his first Winter Olympics in Beijing. “I am focusing on the World Cup because it will affect my games. There is still a lot of work to doInterspersed with that person who is proud to represent Belgium on the slopes. This proves that it is possible to reach the top even when you do not plan to reach it.. “

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