MCDC – Rap Song about my Past

MCDC the great Hungarian free-style rapper was singing about my Japanese past (moshi-moshi, exotic girls, rice, yeti…) where I started skiing at large!
It took place at an Adidas-HOC olympians party. I have never had the honour to hear a personal rap song about myself.

MCDC a magyar freestyle rapper a japán múltamról rap-elt (moshi-moshi a telefonon, érdekes lányok, rizs, yeti…), ahol igazán elkezdtem síelni! Az alkalom egy Adidas-MOB olimpikon rendezvény volt. Még sosem hallottam személyre szóló “rap”-et magamról.

Lecture and Interview at GE Healthcare

 

Lecture and interview at the GE-Healthcare Co. about the 2018 Winter Olympics for a wide and interested audience:
„Hungary in all the alpine disciplines and in in the health database of all the Olympians…”

Előadás és interjú a 2018. évi Téli Olimpiáról a GE-Healthcare cégnél – Dr. Tállay Andrással együtt – nagy és érdeklődő közönség előtt:

„Magyarország az összes alpesi versenyszámban, valamint az összes olimpikon egészségügyi adatbázisában….”

Last Races of this Season – Zagreb SL Run Video

The fight goes on, although the conditions are not ideal (lingering illness, exhaustion, flat slopes or amazing slalom course setting in the “Croatian style”…) but never give up!

A küzdelem folytatódik, noha a körülmények nem ideálisak (elhúzódó betegség, kimerültség, lapos lejtők, vagy éppen “horvátos stílusban” kiolvashatatlan slalom pályatűzés…), de nem adjuk fel!!!

Back to Traning in Austria

Training three days ago in Bankut, Hungary, and now already in Austria. Snow is a bit wet here too. The season is soon over at the Northern Hemisphere but I still have some races in this month. Beyond the pre-olympic complex qualification and the olympic performance goals, now I can concentrate on improving my rankings. I’ll go for it and send actual reports.

Shredding slushy snow

Három nappal ezelőtt Bánkúton, ma már Ausztriában edzés. Itt is kicsit vizes havon. A szezon lassan befejeződik az északi féltekén, de még van néhány versenyem a hónapban. Az olimpia előtti összetett kvalifikációs és az olimpiai teljesítési célok után most kicsit a rangsor javítására is törekedhetek. Igyekszem és jelentkezem aktuális tájékoztatásokkal.

Dad Comments the Olympics

A video has been released by the Hungarian National Ski Association (Ski Hungary) where my dad shared – in Hungarian – his comments on my performance on the olympics. Of course, the in-situ interview has been conducted on a ski slope (Matraszentistvan) as they were attending to the ‘Hungarian Student Olympics in Alpine Skiing’ competition with my younger brother Konrad (he took second place – congratulations, Koni!).

‘A legeredményesebb magyar síző a pjongcsangi téli olimpián Kékesi Márton volt. Versenyzőnk édesapját a mátraszentistváni sípályán csíptük el értékelésre.’

Team Event – Results

I tried to save energy for this event and it was a really new type of racing for us. Nevertheless, it was a spectacular experience and it was a huge honor to take part in this. We did everything what we could and we did have a fantastic team. Alpine skiing is primarily an individual sport, but it was great to race together as a team. We achieved 9th place with 7 other teams and we lost against the subsequent winner of this event, Switzerland. Congratulations to you guys!

The team in the gates…

Aiming for the shortest way down to the finish line.

The team after the race…

Result sheet of the race

Congratulations from the Hungarian Olympic Committee.

Erre tartalékoltam. Nekünk nagyon új volt ez a verseny. Hatalmas élmény volt számomra ebben részt venni. Megtettünk mindent. Ez egy fantasztikus csapat. Az alpesi sízés egy egyéni verseny. Itt együtt tudtunk versenyezni.

Slalom Race – My Best Result Ever on the Olympics – TOP 30

I struggled with the course in the first run as I had rather high bib number (81), thus I ended up at the 38th place in the first run. Then, in the second run I was able to get in the TOP 30 which I’m really happy for – this can partly be thanked to the much better course conditions that was available and nevertheless to my good performance in both runs.

Here are some shots from the race:

Bashing a gate… riding on Explosiv….

Not the best shot from the technique point of view…

Getting out of balance is easy … getting back in is hard… Fortunately, I have found the ‘sweet point’ this time…

Congratulation on my performance from the Hungarian Olympic Committee…

Megszenvedtem a pályával, de nagyon boldog vagyok, hogy sikerült a legjobb harminc közé kerülnöm. Nehéz volt a vonalvezetés, de most sokkal korábban jöhettem le, mint az első menetben, így a pálya kevésbé romlott le.

Giant Slalom – A Good Race

I’m the proudest of this GS result so far on the Olympic Games. The plan was that I ski as rad as I can and it worked out well in the second run. I really enjoyed it. I ended up at the 42nd place, as the best Hungarian, out of 110 racers. In the second run I could get as close as 5 sec behind the now 2 times Olympic Champion, Marcel Hirscher.

Sharp turn to the left…

Coming out from the previous turn….

… and the unofficial result sheet.

Az volt a terv, hogy bevállalósan sízek, és sikerült ezt végrehajtani, nagyon élveztem.🤙 42. helyen végeztem ma óriás-műlesiklás szakágban, 110 indulóból.

Super G – Wrong Angle Chosen for the Jump

I was starting today in Super G discipline. Unfortunately, I missed a gate so I was disqualified. Nevertheless, here are some photos of the inspection and race:

Focusing…

View from the Start

Interview after the race:

I am a little bit disappointed because I could achieve good results compared to my level. I skied on the edge, the top part was good, but I chose a wrong angle for the jump. Overall, 10-20 cm mistake as made but it would have been too risky to change trajectory after the landing, so I missed the gate.

Interjú a verseny után: 

Most csalódott vagyok, mert ebben a számban önmagamhoz képest már jó eredményt érhettem volna el. Bevállalós menetet szerettem volna csúszni, jól is sikerült a felső rész, de rossz szöget választottam az ugratóhoz. Mindössze 10-20 centin múlt, de kockázatos lett volna bármit is csinálni a landolás után.

Walking away from the Super G race a bit disappointed…

Alpine Combined – Done, with a Crazy Rodeo

I’m through the first race! I ended up at the 35. place out of 63 in alpine combined discipline.

A close call just before the finish line in the DH run. This was fun though!

Celebrating the DH run with a Cuche trick!

I made a couple of mistakes where I lost precious seconds but the run and the conditions were kinda harsh.

This is where the crazy rodeo started in the SL run.

Nevertheless, there were some good moments of it too…

I think it is a quite fine result especially with the wild rodeo in the SL run. I’m really looking forward to the real technical disciplines – which I am more prepared for. Go Huns!

This image was posted by the Hungarian Team to congratulate me for today. Caption text was the following: ‘Gratulálunk Kékesi Márton alpesi síző nagyszerű helytállásához! Márton a lesiklás után 27 helyet javítva végül a 35. lett! #teliolimpia2018 #hajramagyarok #HUN’

Túl vagyok az első versenyemen az Olimpián! 35. lettem a 63 indulóból ma, alpesi kombinációban Pár hiba és óriási mentés becsúszott főleg a mai “rodeo-Slalom” menetembe ahol több másodpercet veszítettem, de egy ilyen nehéz pályán ami a mai műlesikló futam volt rég versenyeztem. Úgy gondolom első versenynek jó eredmény, de már várom a tisztán technikai számokat ahol edzettebb alapokkal fogok indulni!! Hajrá magyarok!

Schedule for the Olympics

This is my olympic schedule!  I will start in 6 disciplines. I hope that the wind will not blow away the downhill start today.

  • Feb 13: Alpine Combined 1. run 11:30, 2. run 15:00 (CET 3:30, 7:00)
  • Feb 15: Downhill 11:30 (CET 3:30)
  • Feb 16: Super G 11:00 (CET 3:00)
  • Feb 18: Giant Slalom. 1. run 10:15, 2. run 13:45 (CET 2:15,5:45)
  • Feb 22: Slalom 1. run 10:15, 2. run 13:45 (CET 2:15, 5:45)
  • Feb 24: Team Event 11:00 (CET 3:00)

Ez az olimpiai versenyprogramom! A CET a magyar ido szerint.
A mai nap, keddi, eleg ketseges még a szel miatt. M4 sport mindegyiket eloben kozvetiti, illetve ismetlik is!! Szurkoljatok!!!

  • Feb 13: Alpesi Kombi 11:30, 15:00 (CET 3:30, 7:00)
  • Feb 15: Lesiklás 11:30 (CET 3:30)
  • Feb 16: Super G 11:00 (CET 3:00)
  • Feb 18: Óriás. 1. futam 10:15, 2. futam 13:45 (CET 2:15,5:45)
  • Feb 22: Slalom 1. futam 10:15, 2. futam 13:45 (CET 2:15, 5:45)
  • Feb 24: Csapat verseny 11:00 (CET 3:00)

News Coverage on the Olympics

In the last couple of days numerous videos and articles has been released about the Hungarian Team and me. I try to collect as much as I’m able to in different posts time to time.

Az elmúlt pár napban számos videó és újságcikk jelent meg a Magyar csapatról és rólam. Ebben a posztban – és időről-időre más posztokban – megpróbálom e híreket összegyüjteni.

  1. https://www.m4sport.hu/teli-sportok/cikk/2018/02/08/kalandos-palya-var-az-alpesi-sielokre-a-teli-olimpian/
  2. http://www.digisport.hu/search/31091/
  3. https://www.m4sport.hu/teli-sportok/cikk/2018/02/09/alpesi-sizonk-szerint-visszafogott-a-hangulat-phjongcshangban/ 
  4. https://www.m4sport.hu/teli-sportok/cikk/2018/02/08/elfujhatja-a-szel-a-leginkabb-vart-alpesi-szamot/
  5. http://m.nemzetisport.hu/teli_sportok/teli-olimpia-200-meterrel-maradtak-le-kekesiek-lesikloedzesen-2617935
  6. https://www.m4sport.hu/teli-sportok/cikk/2018/02/09/ennel-csak-jobb-johet-a-magyar-alpesi-sizoknek/
  7. https://www.m4sport.hu/teli-sportok/cikk/2018/02/13/marcel-hirscher-tokeletesitette-eremkollekciojat-olimpiai-bajnok-lett/
  8. https://www.m4sport.hu/teli-olimpia-2018/cikk/2018/02/13/kekesi-biztos-vagyok-benne-a-szlalom-jobb-lesz/
  9. https://444.hu/2018/02/13/az-eletert-kuzdott-a-magyar-sielo-az-olimpia-szlalompalyajan
  10. https://ripost.hu/cikk-teli-olimpia-pjongcsang-sieles-kekesi-marton-valomas
  11. ttps://www.m4sport.hu/teli-olimpia-2018-video/igy-suhant-a-lesiklas-53-helyere-kekesi-marton/
  12. http://olimpia.hu/orias-mulesiklasban-kekesi-marton-42-samsal-dalibor-44-
  13. Index – Elo Kozvetites
  14. http://www.nemzetisport.hu/teli_sportok/teli-olimpia-a-tizedik-nap-esemenyei-egy-helyen-2619827
  15. http://sielok.hu/rovat/hirek/cikk/olimpia-hirscher-masodik-aranya/
  16. https://www.m4sport.hu/videok//igy-ert-celba-kekesi-marton
  17. https://www.m4sport.hu/videok/sporthirek-2018-februar-22-0625
  18. https://www.m4sport.hu/teli-olimpia-2018/cikk/2018/02/22/hirscher-bukott-nem-lett-meg-a-3-olimpiai-cime
  19. Index – Kekesi TOP 30 SL
  20. NSO – Kekesi TOP 30 SL
  21. http://www.nemzetisport.hu/teli_sportok/teli-olimpia-a-14-nap-esemenyei-egy-helyen-elo-hirfolyam-2620667
  22. http://olimpia.hu/ferfi-sizoink-csutortokon-szlalomban-versenyeznek
  23. NSO – Csapatverseny
  24. NSO – Utolso Elotti Nap Esemenyei
  25. http://olimpia.hu/magyar-bucsu-az-alpesi-csapatverseny-nyolcaddontojeben
  26. Index – Kekesi – Elemzes

PyeongChang Olympics Opening Ceremony

The Olympic Games are the celebration of sports, as it was shown by the fantastic opening ceremony. It is a great mission for an athlete. I am glad I could qualify – not only in one discipline – and I got the Hungarian men’s quota (in the first place). I have undertaken to start in all the alpine disciplines. The greatest challenge for me is the downhill (DH), as I have only had the chance to prepare for it during the qualification races and the course is really difficult here. 

I do not complain about snow conditions (I am a “bankut kid”… happy about any snow conditions). I have reported about the DH course to the M4Sport channel, and it is introduced with a good video below. So far, I have just tasted the difficult sections and the big jumps, letting the skis run more or less. At the test run today, I was disturbed by the developing ruts and bumpiness, but the race is coming tomorrow. Due to the above facts, I have no real chance for a surprisingly good result in the DH, as only the really best and mainly the speed-specialists start in this event. However, in the spirit of Olympics, I am trying to get the “Hungarian tricolour” to the finish, and as fast as I can… I am grateful if my strength is boosted from home by some cheering!

Az olimpia a sport ünnepe, ahogy a csodálatos megnyitó is mutatta. A sportolónak ez egy fontos küldetés. Örülök, hogy – nem is egy számban – alanyi kvalifikációt tudtam szerezni és a magyar férfi kvótát (elsőként) megkaptam. Vállaltam az összes alpesi számban az indulást. A legnagyobb kihívás nekem a lesiklás (DH), hiszen erre legfeljebb a korábbi kvalifikáló versenyeken volt módom edzeni és itt a pálya valóban nehéz.

A hóra nem panaszkodom (“bánkúti gyerek” vagyok…). A DH pályáról az M4Sport-nak már nyilatkoztam és egy jó video is mutatja azt az alábbi linken. Eddig csak kóstolgattam a nehéz szakaszokat és a nagy ugrásokat, többé-kevésbé engedve a léceket. A mai tesztelésnél már kissé zavart a kezdődő buckásodás, de holnap jön a verseny. A fentiek alapján a DH-ban nincs reális esélyem meglepően jó eredményre, hiszen ebben a számban tényleg csak a legjobbak, és főleg a „speed-specialisták” indulnak. Az olimpia szellemében azonban igyekszem a magyar színeket is a célba juttatni, és amilyen gyorsan csak képes leszek… Köszönöm, ha ehhez otthonról is kapok erőt a szurkolással!

The Hungarian Team just before the opening – I’m on the far right side of the image…

… and during the walkthrough … unforgettable moments.

Downhill Trainings

Olympic downhill course has been inspected! It looks pretty adventures!  Tested the course twice!T he downhill, the fastest event, full of great jumps and terrain changes is really adventurous here, but it is not really my speciality. I have rarely had any chance to prepare for it, but I am hurrying towards the finish line! Check out the pics!

Túl vagyok az első két pályatesztelésen! A legnagyobb sebességű és nagy ugrásokkal, terepváltozásokkal teletűzdelt lesiklás (DH) itt igazán kalandos, de ez nem igazán az én számom. Keveset tudtam rá edzeni, de igyekszem a cél felé! Csekkoljatok a fotokat!

Selfie time with the symbol of the Olympic Games

Moderate turn to the right… forces are pretty strong though — fortunately the skis are holding well.

Jump! Proper (forward) position of the body is essential. This one happened to be executed nicely, but nevertheless not every jump can be done as clean as this one!

Approaching the next gate… a kinda good shot which represents the feeling of speed.

The long route to the Olympics -III. Cup series in Slovakia, “Kékesi” memorial Race, Hungarian Champ’s for children (2005-2006)

Capitalizing on the friendly cooperation with Slovakian friends (Vlado Hrehor, Miro Strkolec, Martin Hyska, Roman Murin, Zoltan Baron, Igor Vlha…), we got the information and the friendly welcome to participate in their very well organized and high-standard national cup races. These were sort of international races, as some kids came to take part also from Poland and Ukraine. I became the regular Hungarian,  representing Bankut Ski Club, Miskolc from 2005 through 2010, skipping only the most remote located races or the ones, that later coincided with some other races of Hungarian interest.

My first serious Slovakian Cup race in Vysna Boca 2005 – The girls’ races were  usually won by Petra Vlhova mostly before Katka Miklosova… A good reference now for the Slovak races…

Our local ski team in Bankut got stronger with more kids joining us. My father continued to work passionately and on a strictly voluntary basis. The only requirement for the members of our Bankut Racing Team was dedication and regular participation. Actually, I was the one who had no excuse to miss any training or race, but my father had to go some lengths to persuade others to join us to races in Slovakia. It was not a recreational activity. We had to start very early before day-break (usually at 4 – 5 AM) to get to the course by 7-ish AM and return to Hungary directly after complete skiing day, including the training right after the conclusion of the race.

Slovakian Cup race in Certovica, 2005.. Faster than the camera could catch… and the regular and exhausting, but funny after-race free training until closing time.

This was even tougher, when we had to find some private accommodation in a village somewhere if the race was organized for two consecutive days. It was hard, but I did not recognize any hardship spending all the travelling time fast asleep in the back seat. For us skiing started when the lifts opened and was finished when they were closed. “First in, last out” as my friend, David Kutas keeps saying it, being written on my new skis too… Even more, if my last turn was not perfect, the regular routine was even extended by some climbing back to correct the mistake before getting the skis off. Analyzing the digital photos at the lift line or on the chair lift was a sacred routine, and the air was filled with loud instructions from the side of the course or even from behind in a chase, reminding us of the technical detail we had to concentrate on. “Perfection and obsession“. Maybe that was the motto of my father, which I completely accepted, because it was wrapped in lots of fun during the day.

Slovakian Cup in Sahticky and Tale. Humble preparation and results, as yet… But hard training…

GS training with easy-to set-stubbies in Spisske Bystre, Slovakia, 2005. After the course was set, my brother got into the bag and was carried along the slope by my parents…

The ski season in 2005 turned out to be very long with a lot of snow also at home. So we could go training quite often after school or during the week-ends on our home slopes in Bankut. This period turned out to be the most efficient in my technical development. Also, skiing at home in Bankut has some special feeling and atmosphere! Homeliness, friendliness and some retro fashion… There are some YouTube videos about my skiing there…, but now here are the photos of the hard training activity on the No.1 course in Bankut:

With my best training partner and coach, my dad in Bankut, 2005. Difference in age is  35 years, time difference on course was not so much…then. But now it may be more, just the opposite way…

National Day, 15th March, 2005. Of course, in Bankut! My baby brother is getting the hang of it at Mom’s back. Ski family in action. We only miss Kékesi Granddad, who just physically left us…

This was the start to spend all the Summer with structured training program executed at home (Mályi), by and large, imitating skiing movements in an athletic field (course running and jumping), on roller skates and on water ()windsurfing) too.

Neither Summers are a waste of time for young skiers…

However, those who are looking for it, can find snow also in Summer or Autumn. Our ski team had the first glacier ski camp in Stubai in Oct-Nov. 2005. That was another mile stone. The team had already acquired a uniform appearance and the kids were all super motivated. There was a report on us in the local newspaper too:

The Bankut Racing Team – the “Smurfs”. Eager to go in the morning and tired when returning.

After the glacier training our team was ready to change the gear up and started the season with more determination at the Slovak Cup races:

Participation with the core of our team at the Slovak Cup race in Certovica, 2006.

Almost the whole team participating in the Slovak Cup race in Vysna Boca, 2006

Our efforts were acknowledged in 2006 by a modest sponsorship from a touristic agency “CarTour” offering an occasional accommodation in Austria and the race insurance for us free. Even if it did not mean much and did not last long, we were really proud. In return, we decorated our helmets and cars with their stickers and organised a national race in Bankut. It was a “Kekesi Antal” memorial event dedicated to my grand-dad, former coach, head of team, president of County Ski Association and a long-time motor of the local and national ski racing community, who passed away the previous year.

The “Kékesi Antal” Memorial Race in Bankut, 2006 (a Hungarian National Cup event).

As this winter was again strong, we had good training opportunities also on week days at our home resort, Bankut.

Afternoon training – extending into the evening – in Bankut, (Retro resort and inherited retro car)

In 2006, after more Slovakian Cup performance and after some local  races in Bankut, we appeared at the Hungarian National Championships for children, in Austria. At my age of 11, I could win the the slalom in the age group 12-14, with GS skis (because there was no slalom for children under 12)… So I became a Hungarian champion at once, and my father dived under the snow with joy (and because of a bet).

Racing at my first National Championships, and training hard after the race at the same slope.

Hungarian Alpine Ski Championships , SL, 2006 (age 11) (in group 12-14), St.Lambrecht, Austria.

Bankut Racing Ski Team dominated in the children’s categories at the National Champ’s.

These years gave us the real basis and incentive to continue even more seriously. Now I had some surprise results, confirming, that we were on the right track. Our simple conditions, offering only home snow and nearby Slovak facilities and partnership may have been just as efficient as those offered for more well-to-do rivals living and studying in Austria. Shortages in our resources were compensated by enthusiasm besides analytical knowledge of the ski sport and training principles, family traditions and experience. With our few skiing days affordable, we had to push much skiing into each of them. Surely that was not an ideal way, but I understood we had no choice, and my father wanted to prove his rather unorthodox training methods. It worked, and not only with me, but the other kids (Vivien Matiscsák – now studying in Austria, Kata Ráckövesi – now a model, Dalma Dávidházy – now studying economics in Budapest, Zalán Zelena – now a medical student in Budapest, Ádám Tóth – now studying in Denmark, Zsolt Szabó – now a Zengő Sport WTCC racer and strudying vehicle engg. in Budapest, Tas Braidwood – now living in Finland) on our team were motivated and successful. Serious work was wrapped in pure enjoyment. The fun factor was really there, especially, when we were training together, as a happy and voluntary team.

 

The long route to the Olympics -II. Local training and racing (Bankut, Hungary and Plejsy, Slovakia) (2002-2004)

After the two years of Japanese life including the basic free ski development on fantastic Japanese slopes, we returned to Hungary, to our permanent home. I was lucky to have good natural snow in our home ski resort, Bankut (www.bankut.hu) because snow making was not (and still isn’t) available there. However, the vicinity of the slopes allowed us to spend at least the week-ends with intensive and structured ski training. Continuing free skiing, but in a very conscientious way and with a lot of loud instructions…, my father introduced practicing also on set courses for me, so as to manage controlled turns. It was – and it remained – fun.

On course at the age of  8 (controlled by my father’s shouts and gestures…) Bankut, 2003

Bankut – our ski resort near Miskolc, Hungary. Good for a quick training, weather permitting…

Others, having seen our – not just occasionally – loud family training, came to join us and my father established a voluntary racing team (Bankut Ski Club Racing Team) in 2003/2004 with a few more kids about my age. So, it has become even more fun. Then, we established relation with a Slovakian ski team and we started to include their training slope in Krompachy (www.plejsy.sk) in our program. My father introduced digital photography at the training and analysed pictures after each run, and processed them in detail the following day. Slovakia gave us a boost. Anyway, we have relatives living there, and I am derived as 12.5% Slovak from my father’s side…

Technical training at my age of 8 in Plejsy Ski Resort, Krompachy, Slovakia . My fanatic grand-dad, Antal Kekesi, and my mothers’s uncle Imre Magyari from Romania joined in.  (Technical notes on the photo -in Slovakian- was added by my father during the subsequent analysis.)

With the support of my grand-parents and their German friends, I got some chance of training on the Hintertux glacier. As we were – as usual – on a short budget, it was only one day on snow (but in August), so we prepared for it on grass around the cottage…

My first training on a glacier. Preparation on grass,  spirit boosting in Tyrolean wear with my father and grand-parents, and finally on Summer snow-ice and water… (Hintertux, 2003)

Time is always too valuable, so we never stopped for drinks or snacks during a training day. After glacier skiing, photo analysis was the program of the following day:

Visually assisted technical development. Father demonstrated the marked technical error…

In order to assist the development of ski technique further, we started to practice some auxiliary sports quite seriously (like windsurfing on lakes around and slalom in-line roller skating) off season. We could find skiing moves in everything

Windsurfing slalom skating, all for improving ski technique…  In and around, Miskolc, 2003

With the new season, the great event came too: My first Slovakian Cup (Slovensky Pohar) race (Plejsy, Slovakia, Jan. 2004) when I was just 9 years old, mixed in the regular week-end training activity in Plejsy:

The very first race for me abroad (Pleysy, Slovakia, 2004) in the Slovakian Cup series. Inspection with my grand-dad, waiting for the start with my father and with his Slovakian partner, the great Vlado Hrehor (who was just as a keen analyst as my father of the ski technique) and my run.

Frequent ly training in Plejsy, Slovakia with friends, resulting in great technical development.

Happy and efficient training in Plejsy with Slovakian friends and colleagues (2004, age 9)

Technical improvement became obvious after the first season training together at week-ends with Slovakian friends (Vlado Hrehor and his team of kids of the same age). My first pair of real racing skis (Rossignol slalom carver  120 cm, from “Racing Sport” now Lyziarsky Dom, Kosice, Slovakia) proved to be an asset to that.

As a family heritage, my father became the president of the ski association of our Borsod-Abauj-Zemplen County, and started to organize quite a few local races in Bankut, where I started my racing career.

Winning beautiful cups  and medals at local races. Bankut, Hungary, 2004, at my age of 9.

Exploiting the unusually good snow conditions at home, in Bankut, Dad took me there a few times also in the afternoons after (or instead of) school… sometimes in the evening.

At home, in Bankut. Quite good snow in Spring, and a really good pair of skis for me (2004).

Special training: with slalom poles and jumping over some guys. (Bankut, Hungary. March, 2004)

A newcomer! My baby brother, first time with us in Bankut for an exhausting night training.

As snow melted at the normal training slopes, also in Plejsy, we had to go higher up. However, here we could not set gates. Anyway, where there is a will, there is a way. So, we were looking for terrain objects to mark our course. Spring skiing on high alpine terrain in Slovakia (Chopok) is great. Still within the range of one day skiing from home.

Natural course set on spring snow, Mt. Chopok in April, 2004 (age 9).

In the following two years, however, we felt it right to start regular racing. Our primary choice was to follow the Slovakian Cup races for children. That community is very well organised and the level of skiing is traditionally high there. As my father was also determined to brush up his – hardly inherited – Slovakian, he could  communicate, also in writing, so my entries and my guidance at the Slovak races was managed quite easily. At first we were considered as some freak Hungarians, but as it became obvious that we meant it seriously and we could also prove that we were not made of inferior material, we got accepted in a friendly way as part of that sporting community. Actually, we have never noticed any unpleasant argument at Slovak races, but later we collected some bad experience too at the Hungarian ones in this respect.

The long route to the Olympics -I . The earliest steps in Hungary and in Japan (1998-2001)

It all started in 1996/1997, when I could not ski or talk and walk yet, but my father – the voluntary coach and manager of the Miskolc Honved Ski Team, Hungary of that time – organised ski races, where I was fore-running at the back of my mother…

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Inspecting the GS course set by my father before fore-running together with my mother in Lillafüred, Hungary

I started skiing on my own skis in 1998 in Bánkút (www.bankut.hu), Hungary at a local amateur race at my age of 3. I completed the course but I missed the finish line because my grandma was calling me loud beside it, so I chose her direction… I could understand her, but at that time, I could hardly speak.

On the podium of Chocolate Cup in Bankut, but not understanding why…

In the hands of parents and grandparents, but looking at the nice skier ladies too…

Here are my first snowy steps in our local Hungarian ski resort, Bankut, where the atmosphere is always fantastic, but the snow conditions are not always so. Anyway, hardship at the slopes may have helped to get accustomed to difficulties!… Here are my first skiing runs in Bánkút:

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My first brave and individual run in Bánkút, Hungary…

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Starting the career with a  Blizzard ski cut down to 50 cm …

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That time it was forbidden to be pushed up by an adult on the lift, so I traveled uphill this way or in a more comfortable back carrier (sometimes asleep).

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The way my father taught me the correct stance and the turns. A good way., as I could move quite freely, just grasping his ski poles as handles.

Now a great leap over the globe. JAPAN! That is the land – and the mountains, the great slopes with huge snow, where I really started to go hard! It lasted for two ski seasons. My family just changed for the – then new – carving skis, consulting the revolutionary technique with Japanese experts. At first I learned the basics by copying my father and my mother. Until we could buy a car, we went skiing by train. The stop was right at a chair lift in Omoshiroyama (http://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Omoshiroyama) near Sendai city. What a change in conditions…

Train trip to Omoshiroyama Ski-jo. (Directly to the ski lift.) First skiing in Japan.

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Omoshiroyama, Japan. Steep slopes and furious  blizzards. (second skis:  cut-down to 60 cm length…)

Steep slopes, occasional blizzards made skiing in Japan a challenge.

Later on, for almost all the week-ends we were training in Onikoube, a fantastic ski resort in Miyagi prefecture (http://www.onikoube.com/). Sometimes we went to the famous Zao  ski resorts (Miyagi and Yamagata sides of the mountain), but we became regulars in Onikoube.

Onikoube Ski-jo, Miyagi, Japan, where we became regulars (with my first real ski of 70 cm length, bought at Saikawa’s in Sendai).

My passionate dad even negotiated an English-language advanced level ski instructing job there, but the Tohoku University research schedule just wasn’t compatible with that side-activity. Anyway, we cooperated with the local team and the really expert Japanese fans. Here goes the illustration from Onikoube Ski-Jo,  Snake Road and Deer Road:

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Copying the moves and stances… Onikoube, Japan

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Learning the then carving style.  Then new to the whole family…

My personal trait of sitting a bit behind (maybe consciously, to avoid skidding) is still retained… These Japanese slopes were really-crazy steep, and the snow was sometimes so deep that I was only half way out…  At the end of my second Japanese ski season I was already fast enough to keep the family together during the non-stop runs. We had some rest only on the – rather slow – chair lifts, with snacks and some vegetables in our hands. Only in cases of extreme weather did we stop for a hot cup noodle at the shelters. Now I understand, it was on purpose. Part of the drill.

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In two years training in Onikoube, I started to overtake my father… (…still carrying my doggy backpack given to me by the nice staff.)

My parents got used to the routine of answering such stereotype but genuine questions as: “Doko kara kimashita ka? Kodomo wa nan sai desu ka?” i.e. where we were from and what age I was… This was an important feed-back for my father to start thinking seriously about my skiing career.

Also, in the Japanese kindergarten, my teachers (Yoko Sensei, Hiroshi Sensei) and the Japanese friends (Taiki-kun, Kosei-kun, Masaya-kun, Mimi-chan, Saori-chan….) all knew that we were fanatic about extreme sports. Skiing in the focus, but windsurfing on the wavy ocean also practiced passionately. Here are some organised and personal auxiliary sporting scenes in Japan:

Undokai – Sporting event at the Sendai Higashi Niban-cho  Yochien – Japanese kindergarten.

Windsurfing on the Pacific Ocean at Sendai. (Myself sometimes together with my father on the same board firmly gripping the mast as long as I could…)

Windsurfing on the Japan sea… Great auxiliary sport in Summer, or also in winter (my father sometimes crushed the coastal ice to get to the clear water in January)

Our friends fired our ambitions. My mother’s friend Tomoko, who always mentioned that she would watch me on TV, and my fathers skier friend, a sports medical scientist – Ryoichi – and an ardent skier colleague – Hiroyuki – who helped us a lot to find the best skiing conditions. Sometimes in Summer too… So, I started to have some Olympic aspirations as much as I could understand it. They said: “Maachi-kun, Olympics-ni gambatte kudasai!“, i.e. Marci! Go for the Olympics! And now, here I go…

However, for developing serious aspirations and to start proper preparatory work, we had to return to Hungary, where I started my regular and structural training and racing. I will disclose some moments about the way a Hungarian kid could become an alpine ski racer mostly training around Miskolc (NE Hungary)  in the back-country or on nearby Slovak slopes, and taking part in children’s races – first locally, then internationally – as a member of the Bankut Ski Club, and later also of the Hungarian National Team. This period is however a different chapter. I may summarize it in a subsequent post as part of my mental preparation for the great games…

Before the 2018 Olympics: something about the greatest alpine shoot-out in 2017

My greatest appearance took place at the Alpine World Ski Championships
in St. Moritz, Switzerland (6-19th February, 2017).

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Hello World Champ’s!

I had the chance to take part in multiple events, downhill, super G, alpine combined and the slalom. The latter event was not direct participation, I had to get to the main board from the qualifying race first. That was achieved with a great fight and finally a 22nd position. So my schedule was quite busy, even if I had to skip the GS to let other fellow Hungarian challengers participate at the discipline where they wanted. I was glad to have the chance in the extreme disciplines of speed and the slalom, or even their combination. Here are some pictures to tell more about this great event:

The first event, the Super-G was tough, and the last but one gate was too tough… After a beautiful jump – performed for the crowd at the tribunes – and the finish line already in sight, I missed it.

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Super-G action in air…

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… and sometimes on snow too.

The downhill included – at least for the training runs – the awesome “free fall” start, in 4 seconds at almost 140  km/h speed… Everyone had to take the deepest possible breath… Conditions were not perfect for training, some fog and the clouds made things even harder for a Hungarian “hussar” to stay in the saddle. But I tried to prove, that even if Hungarians are born at the “Puszta“, they may meet the challenge of the mountains if they have enough “paprika” mixed in the gun powder for their weapons.

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The “Free fall” seen from a distance…

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... and from the start during training.

Although the weather was unfavorable for the DH training, I enjoyed the unique venue and the extreme conditions. In many ways, I am quite accustomed to extremities.

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DH training on the racing course watched from far or close, in bad visibility.

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The big jumps are coming up.

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DH jump-start (TV screen shot).

The weather improved for the race day, but the course was already set for a lower start. never mind, there was more than enough speed still, and the greatest jumps and the difficult sections remained in place…

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DH race with big jumps (TV screen shot).

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Speeding for the DH finish (TV screen shot).

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The “Didier trick” evolves (TV screen shot).

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The “Didier trick” done, tension released (TV screen shot).

Ski flip in the finish area, after which the great Didier congratulated. (I am not sure if he meant my run or the trick he was famous also for…). Anyway it was quite in place in Switzerland. I was glad to nail down another stable DH run in the combined event.

After the fastest speed action the technical discipline was to follow. Actually, I am more of a slalom skier, so I was looking forward to it, although after spending most of the time there on the SG and DH Explosiv(e) rockets, it took a while to adapt to the short and nimble Explosiv(e) guns. Actually “Explosiv” is the brand I have been using, with delight, for all the disciplines. These skis are set out for me, and in the 2017/18 season, also the top sheet design is made to my liking. There is another post introducing my special skis.  

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SANKT MORITZ, SWITZERLAND,19.FEB.17 – ALPINE SKIING – FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, slalom, men. Image shows Marton Kekesi (HUN). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Andreas Pranter

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The final moves at the 2017 World Championships.

The first slalom performance was a great challenge directly after the downhill for the combined event, especially on rugged terrain. No problem with the ruts and cuts, I come from Bankut, the roughest-toughest Hungarian ski resort! I do not mind the natural obstacles. However, a steep icy slope is still my favorite choice. The only thing I hate is the flat. My light weight and my agressive style just don’t work out there. However world class races are always set on steep and challenging slopes.

The qualification race – where – I had to compete with former champions too – was a good worm-up for the main race on the closing day. I enjoyed all the runs. I am happy to be separated from the great champion by just a few seconds in a run, and having achieved some “mile stone results” in the men’s races for Hungarian participation at Alpine World Championships. (First Hungarian man in a World Champ’s DH finish, and the first one to qualify for the main slalom race, also completed… ) Now, having qualified for the Olympics, I am getting my act together to make myself, my coaches (including my enthusiastic but critical father), my managers, my cooperating equipment sponsors, my professors at the University of PE and all the ski-loving Hungarian public satisfied with what may be seen during my runs in Pyeongchang.

Inauguration of the New Explosiv Skis

(Hungarian below)

I am inaugurating my new racing skis at a Hungarian race in the community of my fellow Hungarian racers. Its design has been articulated with Explosiv, David Kutas – a hobby-pro designer – and with my family, as a result of a lot of designing work. The producer has turned our design into reality on a high scale.

Explosiv is the ski of Hungarians, and it is so not only by the owner and the concept dreamer… The latter person, Barnabas Kovacs, was a great dreamer of skiing. This ski keeps his memory alive, in a visible way and also spiritually.

Marton Kekesi dedicated ski designs (SL and GS) for the 2017-2018 season

Marton Kekesi dedicated ski designs (SL and GS) for the 2017-2018 season

update: An additional news have been aired by sielok.hu which basically covers the same news: http://sielok.hu/rovat/silec/cikk/kekesi-marton-explosiv/

Hungarian: 

Magyar versenyen, a hazai versenyzőtársaim körében most avatom fel az új versenysímet, aminek a designját az Explosivval, családommal és Kutas Dávid hobbi-profi tervezővel alakítottuk ki rengeteg tervezőmunkával. A gyártó az elektronikus terveket szépen valósította meg.

Az Explosiv a magyarok síje, és nemcsak a tulajdonos, valamint megálmodója kapcsán… Utóbbi személye, a sísportban minden téren nagy álmok gazdája, Kovács Barna. A sí az ő emlékét őrzi, láthatóan és eszmeileg is.

frissítés: A korábban már általam közvetlenül megosztott hír megjelent a sielok.hu weboldalon is: http://sielok.hu/rovat/silec/cikk/kekesi-marton-explosiv/

Blog Updates – Here I come!

After the successful nomination to represent Hungary at the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang I’ll try to update my blog as frequently as I can to broadcast exclusive news about what’s going on with me and with the Hungarian team.

Until then, please visit my FB page where I try to make some updates more frequently: https://www.facebook.com/kekeski/

and my Insta too: https://www.instagram.com/kekeski/

So, buckle up, the games are so close!

2015 World Ski Championships, Vail / Beaver Creek

Here we go!!!

We arrived with a big Hungarian national team (25 – in installments) with 2 tons of total cargo weight to USA.

14 hours flying, 2 transfers, 2 hours driving…

Fantastic place for the world champs. One of the most famous (and expensive) ski places in the World and the legendary Bird of Pray slope looks pretty exciting especially from the Super G start with bib: 65. 😉

Well, my main discipline is Slalom but I could qualify for Super G (with strict criteria on FIS races) and the participation policy by the Association dictated this choice. Anyway, you know, the speed, the full course, jumps makes me really curious even if I couldn’t be among the best racers… By the way, it’s a good training to get used to the high speed and also to challenge my skills and courageIMG_2521.IMG_2723

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My second chance to start was the slalom qualification race, from where the top 25 could advance to the main board of the final. Everybody was pushing and trying to be as fast as possible. After the 1st run, I was in the 26th position and the people behind me were quite close, so I had to kick it.  I did it the hard way… but over the difficult first part, I was caught by something in the course and I ended up with a bad straddle. I threw away my chance to beat it with the best ones, and I was thrown out of course falling virtually on my head. I crashed terribly. I cannot remember the details, probably fainted and sprained my ankle so much that couldn’t walk for a long time. It was double pain to see the rest of the race with my sore ankle wrapped in snow and banked up on a card board box at the finish area. Afterwards, I was forced to a long injured status…

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Lots of efforts, lots of experience, catching the Birds of Pray, but crashing the slalom. This is the tally of the World Championships, followed by a painfully missing the subsequent races (Hungarian Champs, Junior World Champs, good point collecting FIS races, etc… However, the silver lining to it is the availability of some time to prepare for my baccalaureate and university entrance exams…

 

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High speed Super-G races in a row. Difficult challenges, difficult times..

My goal was to qualify myself in SG to the 2015  World Ski Championships, Vail/Beaver Creek, USA.

Finally I did it! So there will be at least one Hungarian participant in the men’s speed events.

Here are some pictures…

 

Bulgarian National Junior Championships

The team felt ready for the race after a long preparation camp, so we had finally the opportunity to show how we worked in summer.

FIS-Slalom race in Bansko, Bulgaria

Podium position!

I was really glad and satisfied with this promising result, not long before the important title races…

Training Camp-Austria Mölltal Glacier

I started the training on Mölltal glacier with the Hungarian national team. We have Super-G training almost everyday because we have to get used to the feeling of the speed. Then we began the training for the technical disciplines too: Slalom or Giant Slalom. Sometimes we take the 6:30 train in the morning and that means we wake up at 5:00 o’clock. It’s tiring after a while, especially because we go up above 3150m!

I feel stronger this year and looking forward to the WChamps in the U.S. but “unfortunately” I can’t neglect the school either because I am graduating this year.

Mölltal pike 3150m  My brand above all…

With the guys …a great team of great spirits…

With my ski!;) Thank you Explosiv! It is hot with the exploding “Explosives”!

Grass Ski World Championships 2014

I am participating at the FIS Grass Ski Junior World Championships in San Sicario Italy 2014.

It’s pretty good to be here, and a totally new experience for me. The first race was in Kaprun, World cup and it has given me a great motivation and especially courage…

This is a very exciting sport and its very good training for alpine skiing although grass skiing is way more dangerous than skiing because you cannot break!

You can turn, jump, and crash. Thats all what you can do.

Every run you have to “wax” put oil to the rollers. In fine we must wash this machinery after skiing to keep it clean.

Here is a pic in Super G at the race:

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Sharp turn to the lectin Super G – in grass skiing you have no chance to decrease your speed w/ usual alpine skiing moves.

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GS-Super G grass ski 95cm.

Check out what the Hungarian Ski Association wrote about me: http://www.skihungary.hu/hu/hirek/agyar-sizo-a-junior-gyepsi-veben/5910

FIS Alpine Ski Junior World Championships

This year’s FIS Alpine Ski Junior World Championships has been held in Slovakia – in the Lower Tatras, Jasna. The event was – of course – well organized, however the conditions were difficult sometimes. But as we know skiing is an outdoor activity we should not regret about the weather.

The army is ready to shred!

The army is ready to shred!

The races weren’t the best for me… – or how I planned earlier. My starting bib. was high as usual. But in the second runs I was able to make a good run on the better slopes.

I made pretty good points in SG (actually 73) and I enjoyed the DH, however I am not specialized on DH.

I made good friends at the village and fortunately I could meet with a lot of friends of mine.

After the races the Hungarian Havazin TV Show made an interview with me, and now I’m on the Hungarian Champs!

Stay tuned, I’m gonna upload news about the HUN Champs!

Me jumping 25 meters with the speed of approx. 130 km/h

Me jumping 25 meters with the speed of approx. 130 km/h

Preparing the skis

Preparing the skis

Havazin interview

Havazin interview

Early morning view

Early morning view

I tried but no Olympics this year for me

I was preparing myself to the Olympic Games like everbody else the since summer. I had the chance to go Sochi as the best Hungarian ski racer or the other way to qualify is to be in the top 500 in the world but the this one was not so easy…

Actually I have the second best points in Hungary and I couldn’t change it before the Olympic. So I couldn’t participate in Sochi.
Well it’s not a big problem because I am only 18 years old and I am not on the top in my ski career yet and I can improve a lot more so maybe i will be able to make some good result and not only to start…
Next Olympics: Korea 2018

So the next big race for me will be the Junior World Championships in Slovakia, Jasna.
Jasna is familiar place for me because it’s only 3 hours from my home and sometimes I go there for training or to race.

Stay tuned for the Junior Champs! 😉

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FIS-Camp 2013

This year the FIS camp was much shorter than before. We could train only 1 month in Austria. 2 weeks in Stubai glacier and 2 week in Hintertux glacier.
Its was snowing frequently so we usually trained in bad snow conditions.
I felt like I got stronger and also improved in skiing in the camp because I was working hard for sure. I am ready for the races but unfortunatly the races are not ready due to the recent weather conditions.
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South-America (Argentina,Chile)

I have been in South-America for one and a half months for training and racing too. At the beginning, I started in Ushuaia with a FIS-Camp, which lasted for 3 weeks. We were quite a few from Europe training together with Argentinian and Chilean guys. The city was rather ugly but the ski slopes were great. The courses were icy most of the time. It was pretty awesome!! We became good friends with everyone there. The Latin American people are very nice and helpful however just a few of them could speak English so I had to learn some Spanish. Some guys are really crazy but its funny… I had no problem there at all. After the camp, we decided with my friends from Latvia and Estonia that we rent a car so we could go to the races and anywhere where we wanted This was the cheapest solution for us. By the way, we travelled with minimum equipment. We had just 2-3 pairs of skis and a worn file with an angle… We had a lot of fun!
In Chile I made 50 fis points which was some improvement, and I felt I could even do better, but I had my air ticket to treturn too soon…

Well, see you guys!

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Skiing in Argentina

I am in a race camp close to the Antarctic, in the southernmost city of the World – USHUAIA, ARG.

It is a very nice and good place to train and leave the European summer for a while.

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The sun rises at about 9.30 AM and we still need to wait a bit for acceptable light conditions. It’s a really special experience for me. We have training almost every day in the Beaver Mountain Cerro Castor. When we use the chair lifts we usually see and hear the parrots on the trees which is also a very special experience for me. 😀

Me in a sharp turn to the right.

Me in a sharp turn to the right.

The city is dirty a little bit, but I don’t care about it too much, and we usually play football (soccer) in our free time.

Playing soccer after a good day of skiing

Playing soccer after a good day of skiing

Today, we did not go out to ski because we got a quite strong snowfall. I have a lot of friends here in this camps – I trained with them before – so it’s also a good fun to be with them and have a ‘year-long winter’.

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I am staying here for more 3 weeks so stay tuned, more posts on the way!

Finally a sunny day in Hintertux

There were 1.5 sunny days of the week. It was a difficult and exhausting training camp as I had to fight against the comditionals and an acquired illness too… I was training SL with the Kromplatz ski team and GS with the Russian squad. Many thanks to both excellent and friendly teams.
After removing the courses it was also great to train GS and Super G on the free slopes.
There are a couple of photos! Enjoy them. I did…:)

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Hintertux, Summer with deep snow

No mistake in the weather forecast, sorry to say. When it’s bad it is terrible at 3000m altitude.
For 2 days now I have hardly seen where I was going, but it develops special senses for the skis.
I am learning to see with the soles of my skis.
To make things even more difficult the course has waste deep holes at the gates. So this turns out to be a very special training camp until Saturday.

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Grass Skiing

What is this? A sport which is very similar to the Alpine Skiing and the movements are almost the same and you are going on grass and not on snow and you feel warm and not cold. This is a chalange, takes some courage but gives also fun. This is Grass Skiing.
I am in Austria because I am going to train in Hintertux but before I am training together with the Austrian racers on grass. Today the Super G training was exciting, just as well as the GS and SL yesterday.

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With my Father:)))

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Nowadays

I can be at home more (although so far just working for the exams) but also with my friends, and at last I could pass all my exams at school. In addition, we had a nice school trip, it was unforgettable… 😀

I could also meet my cousin. She was in Budapest with her family. Anyway, I am enjoying summer and it has just strated!! 😉 or ended..? As i am again on snow in Hintertux:)

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The winter is finished

I officially finished the winter season but same time the summer season begun. My last race was in Slovakia and I made 59 points in GS.

So from now I have to make up for the shortfall in the school and start the serious physical training.

I am looking foarward to Windsurf and playing tennis several times a week, and mountain biking with my friend…

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Bankut, Hungary – Freeride

It was a crazy good weekend in our home ski resort – Bankut (www.bankut.hu), Hungary. We’ve got 50 cm fresh, cold, dry powder snow which was definitely good for a bit of powder skiing. With my family, and friends it was a really remarkable weekend – free riding in the middle of March in not just “sweet”, but really fantastic deep snow, sometimes on crazy terrain, just next door to our home…

Here are some photos. Enjoy.

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Marton Kekesi

Marton Kekesi

In the next few days I’m gonna race in Slovenia. Hopefully, it’s gonna be as great as Bankut was.

Digi Sport TV – Interview

The Hungarian Digi Sport Television interviewed me about my ski career and about this season. The short version of the program is available here:

http://www.digisport.hu/video/13276

A longer version will be available next week, and I’m gonna post it too.

And a pic about me with the best Shred Headband!
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Junior World Champs – Summary

It was a very adventurous race in Canada. I started in three disciplines, Super G, GS and SL.

Every event was really difficult, as should be at a World Champs. The racing slopes were not just steep, long and very icy, but also rough and the setting was surprisingly hard. High speed combined with killing turns… The participants were the top of the class. For example, a racer of 29 FIS points could start with a bib of 64… I am happy because I could be on the podium in every event at least in the U-18 category. (That means YOB 95-96.) I must work hard though, if I want to get among the best in the U-21 later…

The slalom title of the U-18 was finally no effort, rather a tactical game, as the real rivals fell out one after the other. I just had to refrain from anything like that. Of course, I could have put it much harder, but my mission was now “just” defending the title…

The hardest job was the GS race. Incredible slope, long and tough course, and great rivals. I could manage to squeeze in between well known stars of this category on the podium. Just a little separated me from the great Van Broecke, but I could come in before the famous Canadian Moroccan Lamhamedi, the YOG SG champion, who is a nice guy from the nearby Quebec City anyway. His main training field is Stoneham, but he is at home also in Mont-Sainte-Anne (the hill for the technical events) and the great Le Massif (where the speed events took place).

The super-G was a great challenge, of course not my main event, but I enjoyed it. I prepared hard for it, had tested the downhill course the day before, jumped in the frightening depths, seeing only the sea ahead. This time I did not let my skis scramble (like in the Schladming SG…), but the course was finally abreviated because of the strong fog at the top. So, I could not take much benefit of the steepest and most technical top section. What remained, was however enough for me to ski – with incredible speed on the rough terrain – to the U-18 podium, just a fraction of a second behind the YOG SG champion. This is a huge improvement compared to our last encounter in Innsbruck.

On our day of return, I could see Montreal city by car in a hurry not to be late for the airplane. That was awsome. I had spent some time in Calgary and in Vancouver before, but Montreal was something special too. By the way my cousin, Vanessa Alboiu lives in Calgary and she is on the Alberta ski team. 🙂 Actually, the plane was delayed 1 hour for the snow storm, so we missed our connection in Zurich. Maximum credit is due to Swissair that they arranged our smooth alternative route via Munchen to Budapest with Lufthansa.

I am looking forward to going again to Canada…

And here are a few pictures!


On the podium
Coming home from Canada

World Ski Championships – Schladming

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World Championship

Last week I was racing in Schladming at the Worlds. I was the only Hungarian who started in Super G. My start bib. was 82, so the snow conditions were really tough. It was the most serious race I’ve ever started.

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I was ready for the race, but unfortunately the icy-bumpy course surprised me a bit, as it can be seen on the video which one of my friends (David Kutas) uploaded to Youtube. In a really tough turn a bump pushed my left ski under my right ski and I tried to fix this situation but I missed the gate.

I did not give up, after crossing the finish line I was really happy, and I was trying to show my happiness by making a “Cuche Ski Salto” which shook up the fans. By the way, Ted Ligety liked that too. (:

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It was a really good experience for me, and I’m happy that I could be there to show myself, because I am only 17 years old.

AND! The Junior Ski World Championships comes in Canda! Stay tuned. 😉

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