Irish Olympic alpine skier Jack Gower is targeting a top 15 finish at the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing next month and believes he's right on track to peak at the games.
Gower will travel out to China for what will be his first Olympic appearance on Wednesday and the former Junior World Champion for GB is set to compete in the downhill, giant slalom, Super G and alpine combined events.
The 27-year-old, who switched from Great Britain to Ireland last summer, has been training with the Swiss National team in a move facilitated by Team Ireland and appears to hitting hit stride in recent weeks.
Gower finished second in the recent FIS Gran Premio Italia event and claimed top spot at the Czech National Championships in January.
For Gower, competing at the Olympics is the culmination of a lifelong dream and he’s eager to do himself justice is Beijing.
"It’s definitely something I’ve dreamt of for a long time," he said.
"It’s an interesting thing because although I’m extremely happy to be going, the most important weeks are coming up and I haven’t really let myself take everything in.
"As a team we know what we want to do at these games and we’re preparing in a way so that we’re ready to perform. When that’s done I’ll look back and appreciate going to the games and the whole experience.
"We’ve been partnered up with a Swiss team which Team Ireland has helped facilitate so it’s been really good and coming in we’ve had a couple of podiums, so I’m feeling very positive about the next couple of weeks.
"It has been a good season for me. We’ve had a good build-up and good training and racing with the Swiss team, so it’s been positive."
Gower revealed that he has set a personal target of claiming a top 15 finish in at least one of his four events and believes that the super G and alpine combined will offer him his best opportunity of doing so.
"For me and the team, we really want to go out there and put in a great performance," he said.
"In terms of getting a result, we’re looking at getting a top 15 at these games and I think that’s a real possibility and that’s what we’re working towards.
"We have a lot of events and so we can adjust our expectations as the games go on, but a top 15 is what we’re looking for.
"My top two events are super G and alpine combined.
"In Super G I’ve performed at a high level throughout my career, I’ve won US Nationals and the South American Cup, which is the equivalent of Formula 2 in our sport.
"In the alpine combined I have a good world ranking. It will be a very interesting event because it’s the only event for alpine combined is at the Olympics so everyone is going in blind which is quite an exciting prospect for me so I’m really looking forward to seeing what comes of that event."