Fox ploughs into major slalom success

Riding white water: Jess Fox wins the C1W event at the World Cup Picture: Geoff Jones

Riding white water: Jess Fox wins the C1W event at the World Cup Picture: Geoff Jones

Riding white water: Jess Fox wins the C1W event at the World Cup Picture: Geoff Jones

Riding white water: Jess Fox wins the C1W event at the World Cup Picture: Geoff Jones

OLYMPIC silver medallist Jessica Fox won gold at the fourth International Canoe Federation slalom event in Spain on the weekend.

The Penrith resident won the final in dominant fashion, posting a time well over seven seconds faster than Spain's Nuria Vilaburra in second place.

Fox spoke exclusively to the Star about her results this year and the training in new locations around the world.

What results are you most proud of so far this year?

The World Cup races are always quite challenging and I've had some mixed results. I really enjoyed racing on the London Olympic course again at the first world cup and was stoked to win bronze in the K1 event. I am also really proud of my World Cup win in the C1 event at World Cup two in Slovenia.

How has training in France, the US and Czech Republic made things different for you?

I love training on different rivers around the world and each course allows me to work on different technical or physical aspects of my preparation. Training in the USA at Deep Creek has been really beneficial. It was my first time there and we did a tough training camp in preparation for the world championships.

What are your expectations for results at the La Seu d Urgell, Spain leg of the Slalom World Cup?

I have raced in Seu a few times but it's hard to have expectations because you never know what the girls will deliver. I just want to put down fast and flowing runs that are on line and in control without penalties. The goal is to [win a] medal but I'll take it one day at a time and manage racing both classes.

What motivates you to keep improving?

So many things! Obviously results are a big motivator. I know that I have the potential to be in the top three and I have a "if she can do it, so can I" mentality! There is always something new to learn in our sport and I'm always looking to improve my technique. Setting goals and regularly reviewing them keeps my motivation on track.

Who is the person you love competing against the most and why?

I don't really have one person. I know that when I line up to race everyone is ready to bring their A game. I am always trying to learn from my competitors and I know the Germans, Czechs, Slovaks and French women, including Olympic champion Emilie Fer, are among the ones to beat.

How do you prepare for World Cup meets and keep an eye on the Youth Olympic Games?

I guess it keeps me busy; training, Uni and now Youth Olympics.

I am really excited about my role at the YOG and I can't wait to share the experience with the young Australian athletes.

Hopefully I can support them and inspire them in their YOG adventure! Only two weeks to go till they head off to Nanjing. I will meet them there after my races, ready to shift from an athlete to an ambassador and mentor.

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