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Monday, March 20, 2006

I’ve never really enjoyed racing in Canada, but it’s growing on me.

In the two GS races the last couple days I skied really well, but was inconsistently fast for reasons beyond me. I just couldn’t put down two fast runs. However, I did finished in the top ten (9th and 7th) both days.

Today we strapped on our slalom boards not really knowing what to expect with such a flat piste. I drew bib 14, which was fantastic seeing as I didn’t think I was going to be in the top seed with only 29 Nor-Am slalom points (the first fifteen starting positions are based off of individual event Nor-Am points rather than world rank).

The first run went well. I was cutting off the line in a few sections and was bending my skis at the top of the turn. After the first run I was around a second off the pace and in 7th place. Second run had much larger sweeping turns so I hopped into the rut and hammered. But, half way down I shot out of a rut and slipped off the line. Luckily my skis were up to the challenge as we snapped off a couple of quick turn to stay in it generating more and more speed. I finished six tenths off the leader in sixth place and scored a 9 point race. My best result ever. Two other SRI skiers Mark Heinrich-Wallace and Colin Devore also scored their best results of the season (a 15 and a 17).

It was a great day and we’ll strive to do better tomorrow.

posted by Warner at 3/20/2006 10:21:00 AM


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