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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

A great day... When we arrived at the mountain this morning it was like any other day this week- we were a few minutes late and it was awful cold. However, today there was a World Cup Slalom spot on the line. The top American non-qualified athlete would land a berth to race on Sunday at Beaver Creek.

Roger Brown, Drew Roberts, Tim Jitloff, (all USST C Team members) and I were the only ones really in contention for the spot because of our start positions. Everyone else that started out of the top seed didn't really have a chance because of course deterioration.

First run Roger and Drew both fell. I skied solid without any significant mistakes, but after the 53 seconds were decided I led Jitloff by a few hundredths of a second.

During the next few hours time dragged at a snail's pace- knowing he had an earlier start position in the second run and only a fraction of a second kept us apart. The second run course setter merely moved the course over a few feet making it basically identical to the first run course.

The stage was set. It was either all or nothing. I watched Jitloff push out of the gate, make a few good turns, and I knew it was my turn. I leaped out of the gate as hard as I could and dropped the hammer. I crossed the finish line over a second ahead of Jitloff solidifying my position to the big show.

The best part of today was when I found out that my fellow Colby Alum Jenny Lathrop landed the Women's World Cup Slalom berth. Go Colby Go.

posted by Warner at 11/30/2005 08:21:00 PM


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