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Chile Races

The first race of the season was the downhills in La Parva, with the races having been delayed due to weather we had our training run and 2 races in one day. We hadn’t skied any downhill since the British Champs in March and it showed in my skiing the first run. I was really cautious and didnt have the timing of the turns very well so was a lot slower than I hoped! The race runs were a bit better but still not very attacking skiing and my times showed this. As it turned out the races weren’t great for points anyway as the early numbers had abig advantage in the soft snow and the Slovenian team guys dominated the races having trained on the race hill all week and clearly on good form!

The next day was a super-g super combined, one run super-g and one run slalom. I skied much better than the day before in the super-g, really attacking the course but making a few mistakes which cost me a bit of time leaving me in 11th position. It was good for my confidence as even though I didnt make points it showed I can ski fast and if I can cut out the mistakes I will be right in amongst the top guys.

The slalom run ran late into the afternoon as there were a lot of holds in the super g race due to some big crashes and course repairs. By the time the slalom was underway it was really really warm and the snow had softened up really badly meaning there were some big holes and ruts to contend with. I didn’t deal with these well at all and lost a good bit of time to some of the earlier numbers and slalom guys and finishing 7th.

Overall I was a bit disappointed with my races but didn’t really expect much as its so early in the season and can take some positives from some of my runs. I’m looking forward to getting back into the training and with a week of downhill and super-g training coming up I will be able to work hard on my technical issues and hopefully get on good form for the start of the northern hemisphere season.

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