Noosa surfer and physiotherapist Peter Hogg will swap the waves of the national park for a role with the Australian team preparing for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Noosa surfer and physiotherapist Peter Hogg will swap the waves of the national park for a role with the Australian team preparing for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

How a Noosa surfer will help Winter Olympians

NOOSA physiotherapist Peter Hogg will experience his own form of cool running early in the New Year, swapping the surf at Noosa National Park for a role with the Australian Olympic Winter Institute supporting our best freestyle moguls skiers as they train for the 2018 Winter Games.

For Peter, who operates Noosa Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy, it will be his sixth engagement as part of Winter Olympic campaigns.

In January and February he will travel to Montreal and Calgary in Canada, Deer Valley in the United States and to Pyeong Chang in South Korea for an Olympic test event ahead of the 2018 Games.

Mogul freestyle skiing is an exciting sport but exposes athletes to injury risk as they traverse a 250 metre course, including two air jumps.

They are marked on ski technique, speed and aerial manoeuvres.

Peter will support a team of six athletes including current world number two-ranked Matt Graham, who shocked the ski world last year with his first career victory.

 

Noosa physiotherapist Peter Hogg is swapping the surf breaks for elite-level ski slopes.
Noosa physiotherapist Peter Hogg is swapping the surf breaks for elite-level ski slopes.

He said the team was strong and had presence on the hill.

Canada dominates mogul world cup and Olympic Games events, which attract entries from more than 15 countries drawn from the 55 to 70 athletes that contest world cup events. 

Peter has also worked with freestyle aerials, snowboard cross, ski cross, alpine skiing and snowboard half pipe teams.

An accomplished skier himself, who grew up in Victoria, Peter said he has stayed involved in winter sport for the past 20 years because of the satisfaction he got from working with elite athletes at testing venues.

He said it ensured his own ongoing professional development and allowed him to travel to many of the world's premier ski competition destinations.

Pyeong Chang will host its first moguls world cup event in February at a venue which will host the Olympics in 2018.

Peter said in the past strong performances in Olympic test events had translated into strong performances at the Olympics.



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