SKI CLUB: Sports like track cycling will often work in 4-year Olympic cycles. Do you feel that the Team GB Park and Pipe Programme is pushing towards or is the approach the same every year?
Woodsy: That’s an interesting question. We definitely are leading up to the Olympics, you know I definitely see that.
Obviously the Olympics has got that prestige about it, just in the fact that it’s every 4 years. So it does bring a certain something, just in that sense, I’m talking literally on a competitive side of things. It’s every 4 years, so it does shift your thinking. Going in to that third year, you think “I do actually have to qualify points”, I have to do well at events that maybe would not be prioritised in the past, you know what I mean?
So it does shift your thinking towards the Olympics, but I’m very much a day-to-day, week to week kind of person. I compete all the time, and its great fun, always travelling, moving around and staying focussed on the next thing, with short-term goals.
The Olympics is creeping up, and that’s in the headlights, but there’s a whole lot to do before then.
SKI CLUB: You mentioned you have a pretty packed schedule this season, does that tire you out or is it something that you thrive off?
Woodsy: Both, very much so. I definitely thrive off it, I love it so much, and the travelling is wonderful. It’s an amazing life that I get to live, but it’s knackering!
SKI CLUB: How do you find being involved in the world class GB Park & Pipe programme?
Woodsy: It’s amazing to be part of the whole Team GB programme. From the free-ski and snowboard side of things, it’s (Exhales) wow, we are doing really really well, the whole crew! It’s interesting to think about it as a team, because these are my friends from all over the place, all different countries. But it’s amazing to see the guys from the UK all coming together at the same time, all doing really well.
SKI CLUB: Do you feel that is a driver for your success?
Woodsy: I mean nothing is going to change the pressure I put on myself, and my motivation to push my own skiing.