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Nor-Am Finals... bummer
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

So the past 10 days I’ve been traveling around the east coast of North America racing in Collingwood (just outside of Toronto, Ontario) and Whiteface, New York. I picked up Leif Haugan, a buddy of mine on the Norwegian National Team, in Toronto on March 7th and I just dropped him off at the Manchester Airport yesterday morning. He took over Roger’s spot on Team Maximum Velocity for a good week. It’s always more fun to travel with a buddy.

The slalom races in Collingwood were a couple good opportunities. I’ve been struggling in slalom pretty much all season and nothing changed in Canada. I finished 17th the first day and didn’t finish the second day. Leif ended up putting together a great day of slalom as he finished 4th and scored an 8 point race, the lowest race of his career. From that moment on he was pretty fired up about his decision to skip Europa Cup Finals.

After we left Collingwood we opted to put a couple extra hours onto our trip and hit up Niagara Falls before we were stopped for over an hour at the US Border where Border Control finger printed Leif and made sure he wasn’t a crazy Viking.

Whiteface was another set of good opportunities. The SG’s were fun, but I just wasn’t comfortable on my SG skis (that was day 2 and 3 on them this season). And then came the two final GS races of the Nor-Am series and coming in I was in second in the GS standings, only 5 points behind Zamansky. The first day I drew bib 1 and put together a decent top section and ended up falling on my side just before the final pitch because I was going too straight for the soft sugary snow. The second run, I made some good turns, but lost speed in key sections so I didn’t end up making much ground and finished 8th.

The second day, I came in with a new strategy of giving myself more room at the top of the turn, but the snow was much harder so I ended up skiing a round line and was way off the pace. Second run, I made some good turns, but ended up blowing out of the course and had to push back in.

So all and all, Nor-Am Finals were pretty brutal. I’ve decided to change my program to race two GS races in Canada during the US Nationals downhill training and racing so I’m off to Mont St. Anne tomorrow for 2 days of GS, then off to Sugarloaf for the SG, SL, and GS.

Hope you’re all doing well, w

The Nor-Am World cup spots ended up going to:

Downhill: Jeremy Transue and Patrick Wright
Super G: Kevin Francis and Andrew Weibrecht
Super Combined: Max Hammer and Tim Kelley
Giant Slalom: Jake Zamansky and Julien Cousineau
Slalom: Cody Marshall and Julien Cousineau

posted by Warner at 3/18/2008 12:41:00 PM


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