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Wengen Europa Cup

With Ed still recovering but finally back on skis, TJ, Kenny and I went over to Wengen for what was planned to be two training runs and two downhills. The Europa cup takes place on the world cup hill but is a much shortened version. This year we started on top and finished just after the famous railway tunnel meaning some easier stuff on top and all the exciting parts like the Hundschopf jump and the narrow Brueggli S through the nets.

The first day we went up and inspected the course but there was some serious fog sitting right on the race piste making it unsafe so first training was cancelled.

With the weather forecast pretty grim for the following days they decided to run a training run and a race on the same day-a good decision! My training run wasn’t great but I learned the line and how the snow was and how big the jumps were-not very! In the race run I skied really well but made one big stupid mistake which cost me a lot of speed and time. I finished in 27th place picking up some Europa cup points but disappointingly outside the top 20 which was my goal.

The few points I picked up were enough to get me inside the top 30 giving me much improved start numbers for the next days. Sadly the weather was very unhelpful with horrendous winds on the Friday and terrible fog on the Saturday meaning we did a whole lot of waiting around but no racing-probably the most frustrating part of my sport!

With only one series of Europa Cup races left before the Olympic selection I decided it was best to go on to Patscherkofel in Austria for more Europa Cup Downhills rather than do the world cup at Wengen. It was disappointing not to be able to stay for it and see my parents who were coming out to Switzerland to see Mike (my brother) and watch but I feel its the better option for my skiing.

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