This was the best US Nationals I have ever been to. At first, it was looking like none of the races were going to get off. It snowed about 20 inches the night before the first day, and was so warm in the morning that it was pouring rain. I went up skiing anyway and it was pretty fun, but the race trail looked impossible to have any races on. Fortunately, it got colder and the clouds cleared, allowing the snow to turn rock hard.
The Giant Slalom went quite well as I got my first top 10, 8th place, with decent sized mistakes. The Slalom was very fun because the snow was perfect. I had some trouble my first run, then got the feeling back and crushed the second run finishing 11th.
The Super-G was the highlight of my Squaw Nationals with a 2nd place. With my win at the Copper National Downhill earlier in the season, the pressure was definitely on to be top 3 in the Super-G. The snow was so good everywhere but the first three gates. Right out of the start, it felt like I was racing a Banzai Race with very soft snow and holes. After the 3rd gate, it was perfect hard snow the whole rest of the way. There were three critical blind rolls, that you really needed to nail. I did the first two very well. Near the bottom, there was a road that I got way more air than expected. I flew so far that I landed at the gate, and had to make all my pressure on a dime to make the next gate. I threaded the needle and made it to the finish.
After the Super-G race, Audi let a few of us take out R8's. They gave us the keys and said have fun, and you know we had a blast. Being able to take out a $100,000 car and rally around was so epic.
Next, I head to Mammoth for Spring Series Races, along with some speed training. It's a good time of the year to work on getting new equipment dialed in for the next season.
Rippin around R8's
Day out in the boat
Looking down the SG