This has been an exciting last week. Started off with training runs on the Birds of Prey Downhill. The snow this year was so good. It was very grippy and hard, so it held up really nice for later bibs. I was feeling super confident on the hill and was going for it. I was able to move up more than half my start number and I started 77.
The Super-G was set very difficult. It's super steep on the top, so steep you feel like your dropping into a vert ramp or a big wave, but it never ends. With gates set on rolls, there were places you could fly out of the course everywhere, and a lot of guys were having trouble. After getting my first World Cup start in Lake Louise, I felt more calm and confident for this one. There was one turn in particular near the bottom that was really awkward. The report was to chuck it a little sideways so you didn't go flying past the gate, because of the compression to roll out of the abyss. I didn't check enough speed, and didn't nail the direction and almost flew out of the course. I definitely believe my big back round in free skiing at Snowbird allowed me to pull it off. It was one of the funnest days of racing I have had. So stoked to be in the points and I look forward to future races to keep improving.
This week I'll be in Copper Mountain in Colorado racing three Downhills and two Super-g's, so pumped. I've been training on this hill for over a month and feel really good on it. Time to go fast.
|Start of the Downhill|
|Looking up the pitch from basketball turn, picture gives no justice to how steep it is|