Robert Poth admits he tackled some of the trickiest courses he’s ever faced at the Delancey British National Alpine Ski Championships – but the teenager is adamant he’ll emerge all the better for it.
Poth, 17, mixed it with the best last week as British World Cup stars Dave Ryding and Alex Tilley graced the slopes of Tignes.
And after being forced to abandon Thursday’s National Championship giant slalom, Hemel Hempstead man Poth bounced back a day later in the slalom to finish just outside the British medals in fourth.
But Poth is a perfectionist and he believes he could have achieved more, despite battling against the tough conditions.
“I wouldn’t say the slalom runs were very solid,” he said. “I could have done a lot better out there, but it’s a pretty difficult course and probably some of the hardest I’ve ever skied.
“I’m just happy I got down. It’s quite a big learning curve because I’ve never skied on these kinds of courses and it’ll be the same difficulty as the next tier that I’m trying to get up to.
“It’s good that I’m doing them now, but I didn’t get it right. I’ve been getting a few PBs this season which I’m pleased about, and it’s far better than my giant slalom this year, which is why I was do disappointed not do well here.”
Following the success of the Great Britain team at Sochi 2014 and with the support of Snowsport England’s national participation campaign Go Ski Go Board, it has been a tremendous year for British winter sports.
And Poth was keen to put an otherwise excellent season into perspective, having started his campaign on the outside looking in following a knee injury.
He added: “It’s definitely gone well, better than what I thought it was going to be.
“At the start of the season I crashed in training in Austria and managed to slice my knee, so I had to have 13 stitches on my leg.
“It took about two and a half months to recover and I’m still getting the full range of the movement back now – it’s still pretty stiff. I’m still managing to fight through.
“Next year hopefully I can go to the World Juniors and lower my points a bit; there’s a better chance of competing there and getting a better result – definitely in slalom. We’ll see how it goes.”
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