After spending a winter in Europe, he returned to British Columbia. At only 22 years old, he is at the top of his discipline, and his achievements have echoed outside the world of skiing and cross-country.
Although Horton has participated in several World Cup matches before joining the Canadian team, he is already his first year on the tour. In the past season, the Cultus Lakers have been the most stable and toughest skier.
Even if he only achieved his first victory in the fourth leg of the season, the sequel quickly followed his footsteps, and 2021 also achieved great success. At the beginning of winter, Howden was just a rookie eager to learn, and now he rules the skiing and cross-country world.
“It took me a long time to realize and absorb all of this, especially because of the pandemic. It is difficult to fully celebrate, but now I think about it, it’s incredible!” He said that he must restrict enforcement at home quarantine. “I always try to play one game at a time, so I rarely have time to take a step back. I didn’t think about my season and what I just achieved until after my last game. I am very happy to be able to deliver these goods. “
Howden’s dominance this season prevented him from even having to be on the podium in Switzerland in the last game of the season. He had already won the Crystal Ball in Georgia a month later.
Even though every athlete clearly wants to win, the Canadian is still very honest with the goals he and his team set at the beginning of the season, which explains why the title is so important to him. Even more extraordinary. The main goal of this season is to enter at least the semi-finals of each World Cup, even if he did not qualify twice, he did not achieve it. Even if he got the final result in the last two results today, the most important thing for him is to give himself a chance so that he can be proud of the end of each game.
If anyone is satisfied with Howden’s just past season, it is their coach who has made him the icing on the cake. “I don’t think there is a single reason for Reece’s dominance. It is a combination of several factors. It all starts with his personality, but it also includes his athletic ability, excellent physical condition, and skills. He is born. His skiing talent and the ability to perform at the right time”, he was pleased to point out that in terms of quarantine, in Alberta.
In Sweden, Howden performed well and demonstrated his talents, and in January, Edward Fejäll (Idre Fjäll) won two more championships in three consecutive games. He admits that in Scandinavia, he feels that he is no longer just a rookie looking for experience, but the best skier in the world. He has a real chance of winning in every race. It seems before and after. According to Dockel, the two games in Sweden were decisive, because in just 24 hours, the situation had changed dramatically and Howden was able to deal with the challenge perfectly. Until the end of the schedule, these two victories gave him a lot of confidence. Especially since this year’s level in the men’s side is very high, which makes each victory more and more difficult to obtain. According to the coach, all athletes on the track this season have a chance to be on the podium. Therefore, it is very helpful to Howden’s quality to win two games in as many days as possible under difficult conditions.
However, Horton is the happiest in Russia’s Sonny Valley in the penultimate round of the season. “I have won the Globe Award and hope to make a good impression at the end of the season and be able to do this by winning the game.”
In addition, the results of the British Columbia competition made him eligible to participate in the Beijing Olympics in less than a year. Obviously, participating in the Olympics is an extraordinary achievement, but even if everyone is still full of uncertainty about the possible consequences of the health crisis, the burden on Horton to qualify for the Olympics is not that great. From the beginning of the season to the Olympics, he will be able to focus on World Cup performances full-time without having to fight for tickets to enter China.
As we all know, even if there are many fans of skiing, cross-country skiing is not the most popular sport, nor is it the most commonly practiced sport. However, Howden is fortunate to grow up in an environment where sports are strongly encouraged and where ski cross-country competitions are possible.