Daniel Odvarko’s skiing talent is undeniable. The strong, left foot forward skier from the Czech Republic attacks the course with a unique flair that’s reminiscent of Jamie Beauchense’s style. As a former ULM collegiate national slalom champion in 2008, Odvarko has continued to train in the US at Cory Pickos’ Ski School in Destin, Florida. Currently ranked sixth in men’s slalom on the IWSF World Standing List with a two score average of 3 at 41 off, and coming off his biggest title win in early September at the Europe and Africa Open Water Ski Championships in Ioannina, Greece, Odvarko now focuses his attention on the World Water Ski Championships this November in Chile.
Where in the Czech Republic are you from?
I’m from second biggest city called Brno.
What is the water-ski scene like there?
We have a nice little club, which probably has the best slalom water in Czech. After few years of decline we are on the verge of a rebirth with a bunch of little skiers.
When you travel back home where do you ski there?
I ski all over the place. Last time I went home I skied in Fischleham, Austria with Franz Oberleitner.
Any specific technique you’re working on right now?
I always go back to the basics.
How and when did you injure your back?
It’s a lingering injury. I don’t know when it started. It has just bothered me a lot more in recent weeks. Seems like I have it under control now.
Describe you’re training program this season, and how you’re preparing for the worlds in Santiago?
Besides skiing, I’m trying to keep up with some light workouts and lots of stretching. It’s really important to pace yourself to be able to last the whole season. With the worlds being held in November, it’s certainly the longest season I’ve ever had.
Tell us about your new Sans Rival SR3?
Everything besides the shape is different on the new SR3 – new logo, new materials, new flex, new rocker. It’s a lighter, faster version of SR2 that’s a lot more forgiving to ride because of the new technology and flex pattern.
What are your plans after the ski season ends? Go home and relax. Do some alpine skiing in Austria and then a new season will be here. It’s going to be a short offseason.