Luca revealed his reasons for moving to Fischer, his plans for the summer and his goals for the coming season when he visited us in Ried ...
The Fischer Race Family is delighted to welcome a new member: from next season, Luca Aerni will be racing for Fischer. The 27-year-old Swiss is a specialist in the disciplines Slalom, Giant Slalom and Alpine Combined. "As a motivated sportsman with great potential Luca is a great addition," says Racing Director Siegi Voglreiter. "We’re convinced that he will build on his previous form and get back among the world’s best. We will give him the best possible support and look forward to working with him."
|Interview with new signing Luca Aerni|
Luca, we are delighted to welcome you into the Fischer Race Family team! What made you decide to race for Fischer in future?
Thank you! I’m really looking forward to working with my new colleagues and to the new challenge. It’s a shame that the season ended prematurely - fortunately, though, I had the chance to get out onto the snow with Fischer and test the equipment before the corona lockdown. After a couple of turns I knew that the chemistry was right. Not just as regards the equipment, but also the very family-like atmosphere in the Fischer team.
You are joining Daniel Yule, Tanguy Nef and Urs Kryenbühl - to name only a few - to strengthen an already strong Swiss Fischer Team. Is this team an extra incentive for you?
Yes, it feels great to have Swiss team-mates with the same equipment partner, and it will be a very interesting experience. It gives you an extra push because they’re also sparring partners for me. These are opportunities I unfortunately didn’t have with my previous equipment supplier. Since I joined, friendships have developed, too: I meet up with Daniel now and again socially, for a quick game of golf, for example.
Who usually wins?
Put it this way: last time we played I managed to win, but I’d rather beat him on skis again ;)
After a strenuous World Cup season, do have a break of any kind?
Sure. At the end of the season, after the ski tests and the Swiss championships, I allow myself a break for 2-3 weeks. I either go away somewhere in the south or further away to switch off and recharge my batteries. In recent years I spent my downtime in places like Thailand, France, Fuerteventura and Sardinia. But there has to be some action and exercise - surfing, hiking or climbing. Just lying around on the beach is not for me. Of course, this year travelling is a bit more difficult, so I spent a lot of time in the mountains at home which I also really enjoyed.
What do you enjoy doing most when you’re not skiing or training for the skiing season?
I love travelling, mountains, surfing, golf and climbing. But what’s really important to me is spending time with friends and family.
What does your summer training schedule look like and what is planned in the run-up to next season?
In early May the intensive fitness training starts: 2-3 times a day and 5-6 days a week. That really takes it out of you to begin with, especially after a longer break. A couple of weeks in, once the fitness level increases again, the fun factor increases as well.
In fitness training I usually work with my own fitness coach. In the weight room I work either with him or on my own, although in the summer I also enjoy using the time to do sports like cycling or jogging with other athletes. Training continues throughout the summer with a short break in June before regular training on snow starts again in July. In early July, for instance, the next ski test is planned with Daniel and Tanguy in Zermatt. I can hardly wait!
What motivates you to keep up such a punishing training schedule?
The feeling of being proud of my performance when I cross the finish line. Having dreams and fighting to fulfil them.
What are your goals for the coming season?
It goes without saying that ideally I’d like to win every race. But I have to be realistic. Basically I’d like to recapture the fluency of my technique, to work on keeping a firm upper body so that my legs have more play. If I get my technique right the fun returns, and that’s a good recipe for success.
Looking further ahead I’d like to be in the top 30 and be successful in the World Cup, especially in the Slalom as my main event, but also in the Alpine Combined.
What feelings do you associate with skiing? What do you get out of it ;-)?
For me, skiing means fun and freedom. It’s wonderful to spend time skiing in natural surroundings and with good friends. Specifically with regard to racing it’s an incredible feeling to win a race or achieve a good result that makes you proud of your performance.
Date of birth: 27/03/1993 (age 27)
Place of birth: Châtel-Saint-Denis, Switzerland
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 79 kg
Squad: B squad, Swiss-Ski
Events: Slalom, Giant Slalom, Alpine Combined
Best result: WSC title, Alpine Combined 2017
Aerni hails from Grosshöchstetten in the canton of Bern but spent much of his youth in Crans-Montana in the canton of Valais. In November 2008, when he was 15, he began taking part in national juniors’ races, and from January 2009 he competed in FIS races as well. After recording his first win in a FIS race in January 2011 he competed in the European Cup for the first time. At the 2012 Junior WSC in Roccaraso he won the bronze medal in the Team Event. At the end of the 2011/12 season he was Swiss champion in the Super Combined.
Aerni established himself in the European Cup at the beginning of the 2012/13 season and achieved several top 10 finishes. As a result, he was nominated for the City Event Parallel Slalom on New Year’s Day 2013 in Munich, taking the place of the injured Beat Feuz. Although he did not progress beyond the last 16 he was accorded his first World Cup points. Two days later, on 3 January 2013, Aerni won his first European Cup race. At the 2013 Junior WSC he won the silver medal in the Team Event and finished fourth in the Slalom. In the Slalom in Bormio on 6 January 2014 he moved up from 27th to 10th in the second run, thus recording his first top 10 finish in a World Cup race. 18 days later he achieved his best World Cup result to date, 5th place in the Slalom in Kitzbühel. He won two more silver medals at the Junior WSC in 2014 (Team Event and Slalom). Finally, he was victorious with the Swiss team in the season finale in Lenzerheide on 14 March 2014, ahead of the USA and Austria.