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Winter Olympics! Moguls skier Matt Graham training in Melbourne dam for South Korea Winter Olympics

An hour east of Melbourne, there is an unusual practice achieving extraordinary results.


Matt Graham, the world's second-ranked moguls skier, puts on his boots and skis before flying into the air with a few graceful twists.

He then lands rather awkwardly with a splash into a dam.

"We just chuck on a [wetsuit], a lifejacket and a helmet, and slide down the wooden ramps and into the dam," Graham said.


Mogul skiing involves timed runs down a steep slope with mounds, or moguls, at high speed, using technical turns and aerial manoeuvrers.

The challenge for winter athletes all around the world is that snow is not always available.

Inventive methods must be devised to continue training and for moguls skiing, a water ramp is the answer.


It is less than two years until the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea and time is precious.

"We spend as much time as we can on the water ramps, either here or in Park City [Utah]," Graham said.


"If you land feet first you're fine. If you land a little heavy on the front, you'll feel it."

Graham enjoyed a breakout 2015-16 world cup season, with a win at the Deer Valley World Cup, as well as two other podium finishes.



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https://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-10/matt-graham-swaps-snow-for-a-dam-for-winter-olympics-preparation/7401502


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