Portugal doesn”t have an enormous custom of winter sports activities, however the nation has at the very least two athletes aiming to succeed in the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022, even when their preparation is on wheels.
25-year-old José Cabeça’s has achieved what nobody had ever executed earlier than: a efficiency at a world championship that permits him to symbolize Portugal in a cross-country snowboarding occasion in Beijing.
Not unhealthy for somebody who learnt to ski in only one 12 months in an effort to fulfil his Olympic dream.
“Folks ask – how is it attainable that in a single 12 months he goes from not having the ability to ski to be able to make it to the Olympics and develop into the primary Portuguese to qualify via the world championships?” says Cabeça.
“There’s loads of laborious work for a number of years, clearly not in snowboarding. Triathlon has performed a key function. I’ve managed to be taught, little by little and all on my own. I haven’t got a snowboarding coach. I’ve learnt with different athletes and by watching movies.”
Cabeça began his cross-country snowboarding journey a few 12 months and a half in the past in France, the place he lived for 2 and a half months to “have the ability to prepare”, as a result of “it’s not possible in Portugal”.
A number of months later, in February this 12 months, he reached the excessive level of his early profession within the sport, with a rating on the Nordic World Ski Championships in Germany, that opened a spot for Portugal on the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.
From curler to ice velocity skating
Diogo Marreiros is a silver medalist within the 10km curler velocity skating world championships. He switched to ice to fulfil his Olympic dream.
Presently, he trains nearly every single day in Lagos on one of many two tracks appropriate for this sport within the area and he is optimistic in regards to the problem of coaching situations for winter sports activities in Portugal.
“At the moment of 12 months, ice velocity skaters journey to heat international locations and maintain their type with numerous biking and curler skating. Being far is just not an enormous drawback as all of the skaters are at the moment away from the ice,” says Marreiros.
Marreiros first put skates on on the age of 4 and received his first European Championship medal at 16.
The 29-year-old skater has gathered medals on wheels ever since, together with European vice-champion and the world vice-champion 10km Pontos.
During the last 4 years, he has been making ready over the winter season in Germany and the Netherlands, the place he has been bettering his “method and bodily form,” permitting him to “qualify for the world cups” scheduled for the top of the 12 months.
He is even launched a crowdfunding marketing campaign to fund his preparation on ice and prepare within the Netherlands.
His rating on this planet cups happening over 4 weekends in a row in Poland, Norway, Canada and the US from 14 November to 14 December will decide if he will probably be in China in February.