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Viva Italia

After flying home we headed straight to Sudtirol in Northern Italy for the Val Gardena world cup downhill and super-g. I always look forward to Val Gardena as it is a seriously fun hill! It has so much terrain as well as some wickedly big jumps and some high speed gliding sections.

The training runs went pretty well with some great sections including several top 30 split times, but also some mistakes. I was really up for the race day, if I could keep the mistakes at bay then I felt I could get a really good result.

The first race was super-g though and it is often a good race for young guys starting late, and so it proved again this year. Some of the guys starting just in front of me managed to get right in amongst the top guys. The excitement was building at the top. Maybe too much for me, I made a silly line error on the first steep section costing me valuable speed on the flat. I was nearly last at the first split! However the second split time I was 18th quickest, despite having less speed coming in. I was skiing well. It wasn’t to be though as I made another mistake over a piece of terrain and couldn’t finish the race.

The downhill was up next and my confidence was up despite my near crash the day before. However, I didn’t get my chance as the race was cancelled for  safety reasons due to high winds on the jumps.

We then headed off to Paganella for some training days. Training was tough to find as there was so little snow across Europe that there were very few pistes available. Paganella was great though! We got a few quality days of GS in and I got a chance to test my new boots. They were great! Straight away I was making some sweet turns in them. I headed home for Christmas full of optimism for the rest of the season.

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