Editor’s note: This interview was conducted prior to Ben Thomen’s first race, Monday, February 12th (Invermere time).
By Nikki Fredrikson
Special to the Pioneer
Finding a quiet place amongst the hustle and bustle of PyeongChang to reflect on his preparation for this year’s Winter Olympics Invermere local Ben Thomsen told the Pioneer he was feeling confident heading into the Games.
The two-time Olympian said making the games this year was very exciting and a big accomplishment, adding it was a win itself to make it to PyeongChang. For this year’s games Mr. Thomsen went a little early to South Korea, giving himself an opportunity to adjust to the time, culture and snow before the Olympics got underway.
“The Olympics is the pinnacle of sport. But at the same time, you just have to approach it like any race. You can’t change the plan. Things are going good right now so I’m focusing on good skiing and bringing that momentum,” said Mr. Thomsen.
Looking back at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Mr. Thomsen said he felt a lot more stress heading into the competition than he does this time, adding he feels more confident at this year’s event.
“My first Olympics I put a lot of pressure on myself, getting a podium in the test event just before Sochi I had a lot of pressure on myself to do something very good that games,” said Mr. Thomsen.
Mr. Thomsen said learning from his experience at Sochi he now knows he needs to stick to the plan and not put so much pressure on himself.
Due to wind gusts at the venue, Mr. Thomsen’s events were rescheduled to February 12th (Mountain Standard time, Men’s Alpine Combined), and Men’s Downhill (7 p.m. Mountain Standard time, February 14th – after the Pioneer goes to press).