Czech Nationals and Ski Interkriterium – GBR

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Just returned home from Czech Republic – very tired indeed! I competed in the Czech Nationals and Ski Interkriterium International.

The competition level is high as you are competing with athletes who ski all day every winter or even all year round – it’s good to concentrate on the quality of the skiing, not necessarily the results, but still give it your all!

After the disastrous journey to get from Geneva to Heathrow (flight was cancelled) and resulted in driving overnight in time for my flight out to Prague the following day! We arrived, with only a day of training both disciplines before racing the next day.

First,  the Czech Nationals! The slalom was a disaster, not only was I frustrated that I only completed 10 gates of the course (you don’t get a second run!) but I had been skiing well the week beforehand in training at BSA, Les Houches! The Giant Slalom went slightly better… I completed first run lying in 9th position, yet hip slid second run. I was pleased with my skiing though and took the positives from the races at the end of the week.

Race day followed with a day of mid-week training/rest before the Internationals!

Slalom – Bib number 2. Clean track. Nervous. Excited. My skiing was not as great as it could have been, however I was 17th – 6th 1998! My teammate Anna Henderson was just 0.01s ahead in 16th! Despite having a good result I fell 3 gates from the finish line, and hiked to finish in 3rd last position out of the whole field.

We had a great time at the Prize Giving/ Opening Ceremony on the night of the Slalom, celebrating the victory of teammate Rob Poth who won the overall Slalom title (The first Brit to do so in 15 years AND he got a mention on Ski Sunday!)

 

 

Giant Slalom. Bib 128 and finally sunny weather (the first time I had seen the sun that week!) – yet still unbelievably cold. I skied well first run, lying in 19th position only 1.89 secs off the lead and 8th 1998. Second run, wasn’t overly pleased with my skiing yet I  finished in 19th position overall, and finished 6th ’98.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were also happy to receive Milka hats and chocolate in our goody bags!

 

 

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Back to race mode!

Just finished the first few set of races of the season. First off, BSA Grand Prix Slalom! Race went really well, put down 2 good runs, 1st overall. Another slalom (Anglo Scottish) followed, my skiing was not consistent and a few mistakes unfortunately cost me the lead and finished in 2nd.

Then, change of discipline, Giant Slalom! First race (Anglo Scottish) was good! 2nd place, and to follow another GS (BSA Grand Prix) which I DNFed first run, yet decided to take the ‘nothing to lose’ attitude and skied on my sister’s FIS skis for the second run – success as I won the run by  0.49 seconds!

I now have a few days rest and a week and a half of training before I head to the Czech Republic to race in the Czech Nationals and the Ski Interkriterium International Races with the British Team.

 

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Pre season training in Les Houches

December 2012

This is my first time back on snow since Les Deux Alpes in October half term and I can’t wait.

I arrive in Les Houches and the snow conditions are brilliant. Only some of the lifts are open so we are out skiing the powder in the trees and confined to Col de Vosa for training.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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