Canterbury in New Zealand has a long and storied history of producing world class ski racers. The most successful winter Olympians in New Zealand have come from this South Island alpine incubator. This 25 year old hometown boy is following that tradition and determined to make his mark at the 2018 Olympics. The Prebbles set an extraordinary example of support at many levels, this family has tight bonds and back one another where it counts.
To call Jamie Prebble determined doesn't really do this powerhouse of a man justice. His mental drive and strength is matched by an eye-popping raw explosive power and stamina so crucial to Alpine and much more especially Ski Cross athletes. He busts out new PBs and High Performance NZ records with an ever increasing consistency.
His ability as an alpine ski racer has set him up with a solid base to make the transition to Ski Cross. The last two winters on the World Cup SX circuit have been a massive learning experience. While he's been in class on some of the worlds most daunting and demanding Ski Cross courses around the globe he has had to go toe to toe with the world's best SX racers. His efforts in 2016 saw some good results come his way; a World Cup sixth place finish at Are, Sweden and a Bronze medal at the Austrian National Championships. A 5th place World Cup finish in Switzerland and a Europa cup victory during the 2017 season. The winter's racing, capped off with a Silver medal at the 2017 FIS Ski Cross World Championships in Spain, would have to be considered a pretty solid start to what is shaping up to be a very successful journey.
Selection for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics has meant a shift in focus for the 2018 training and competition schedule. Jamie arrives in Korea ready to go big on what looks like a fast and massive Olympic Ski Cross course.
Ski Cross racing can be brutal and unforgiving, massive jumps, high speeds combined with the 3 other racers on course at the same time as you, all committed to beating you down. You've got to bring your A game every World Cup weekend. Jamie does that and he does it alone as the sole Kiwi on the World Cup circuit, no big team around him apart from family at home and coach/brother Nick Prebble spending time with him on the circuit.
Jamie is taking a year off from competition this 2018/19 winter season. We are sure he'll come back stronger than ever.
One athlete in One competition gear. We are proud to support this man on his quest to blaze a Kiwi trail into what is becoming one of the most adrenaline filled and exciting alpine sports ever.
Favourite item of One clothing and why: "My Ski Cross Race suit. It’s the fastest suit on the World Cup circuit!"
Is it good to have input into the design of your competition clothing: "Yes it is amazing to be able to have both design and fit input. It enables you to get the exact outcome you want."
Home Mountain: "Mt Hutt, Canterbury, New Zealand."
Favourite place to ski and why: "Anywhere with powder…… The French alps are amazing or back home Mt Hutt when it is good, its amazing. When you know every hump and bump on the mountain it makes for fun days."
Best experience on the snow: "Competing in ski cross gives you an adreline rush like nothing else I have experienced. Flying 50m in the air with 3 other skiers trying to race you is hard to beat."
Who inspires you: "The All Blacks. My family. Myself (Haha)."
Anything else?: "I love working with ONE Studio!"