Last weekend was the Italian Sci Alpino National Qualifiers in Padola and Passo Monte Croce. The racing was 3 days long, starting on Thursday and ending on Saturday. There was also a training day on Wednesday for the Super G which was on Wednesday, making the whole week really long. The trip from Cortina to Padola and Passo Monte Croce is 1 hour each way.
To be able to race in these Qualifiers you had to place in the top 10 of our greater region of Alta Belluno which has about 70 U14 boys racing in it. I made it in on my points even though I didn’t do all the races as I was away racing in the internationals. There were 60 boys in these qualifiers.
We had only been home for 2 days from a week at Topolino racing when I had to go and do these races.
On Wednesday we had a training day on the course where we got to race with bibs but no timing – just like in the World Cup.
On Thursday it was a Super G. The weather was fine that day. I had Guilia with me because she had the day off from coaching. The course was long but still the same as the last time I raced there 2 or 3 weeks ago. I did ok, but not as good as I wanted to – but still ok. I think I got somewhere between 20th to 30th. I know I could have done better as I’ve gotten into the top 10 before.
Friday was slalom over at Passo Monte Croce witch is another 45 min drive from Cortina. In the slalom I did much better. I still had a late bib – from the 3rd draw but managed to get to 16th – 1 place away from the flip but on the second run I managed to pull up to 15th place so I got in the top 15 in the end, and I was the only ‘3rd bib draw’ athlete to make it into the top 20.
Saturday was GS – I had a better bib number than the other few days and I still managed to get 16th. It is only a one run race. The course was down the same slope as the Super G but a few gates less. My coaches said I skied well on the steep and technical sections but need to hold my edge longer as I go round the turn.
I didn’t make it to the National Finals – I was close, but I have made huge improvements over the last two years and with lots of hard work, next year I’ll be even better
On Sunday was my first race in Italy of 2016. It was a Slalom race not a GS. In Italy it is usually a GS race as the first race of their season but this time it was Slalom because of the conditions. The night before the race it rained really hard. It wasn’t cold enough for it to snow on the lower slopes so it rained which was really bad. It meant that the gates would not stay in the snow.
When I woke up in the morning our driveway was covered in sheet ice. It was like an iceskating rink. Dad drove me down to the station where my coach Andrea was waiting for my whole group. After the van was all packed and every one was in the van we left Cortina to go to Auronzo, about a 40 minute drive away where the race was held.
We drove a lot slower than we normally do but we still passed cars at 100km/ph. Because of the time in the morning it was still dark and the ice was all over the road. When we got there we grabbed our gear and walked over to the chair lift where we put our stuff on. After inspection we were given our bibs. My bib number was 107 and Federico’s was 97 so I was only 10 people behind him.
The first part of the course was not rutted, rather it was smooth and straight. This is how the course went; It started with a few gates that where straight then we went down onto the steep. Then we had our first hairpin, and after that it was rutty for the rest of the course. We had a few gates that were wide then we had a delay to get us around the corner and onto the flat. Then we would gain some speed on the flat and go into a really turney section, then straight into another hairpin. After that we had 1 flush then another hairpin. The last few gates where very straight which lead you to the finish.
My time was slow because of a big mistake I made which costed me about 8 seconds. My mistake was on the turney part at the flat. I hit a bump that popped me out of the course and forced me to hike up to the gate I missed. With a big time penalty I still bet people in the race so I didn’t come last which was impressive. After the race was finished I went and had lunch in the cafe with Mum, Dad, Pietro and his parents. When we were eating lunch we watched the woman’s World Cup Super-G race and the mens second run of Slalom. Then after lunch we headed home – the drive wasn’t as icy as on the way to Auronzo.
This 2015 I have had Christmas in Italy. This year it was different we had a white Christmas instead of a sunny hot one like New Zealand. The day was fun I woke up at 5:30. I could not sleep and laid in bed for half an hour until I woke up my little brother so he could wake up Mum and Dad. Dad wasn’t to happy with us waking him up at 6 in the morning because it was are only sleep in day. All the rest of the holidays I got up very early in the morning to ski.
Opening the presents was fun I got a lot of awesome things like a new NZL race suite witch I wear every time I ski now. I also got sun glasses, climbing belay device and a heap more. For breakfast we hade bacon, eggs and ham. For lunch we hade 7 courses of food. 1. Bruschetta 2. Pasta Redicco 3. Fish 4. Christmas chocolate. And a full monty Christmas turkey. Then for desert we hade 4. Panettone 5. Panacota 6. Veanetta. Then after dinner we watched a movie called The hunt for red October. The movie finished last so we went strait to bed after.
On Sunday there were two families who arrived here in Cortina, Italy to ski. One of the families were the Blewitts and the other were the van Asches. They arrived pretty late (about seven pm) at night. Mum and Tigne where eating with Giulia and the Blewitts out at Francisco’s when Henry texted mum asking where in Cortina was a good place to have good pizza. Henry was not meant to arrive till Monday. Giulia had spent weeks prepping Henrys car and everything. About ten mins later Henry and his family arrived at Francisco’s! Dan and I were returning from our trip to Switzerland.On Monday we went skiing strait away. Mum went with the Blewitts to get their skis sorted. Dad Tigne and I met them up on Floria. For the whole week we skied day after day. On Thursday we had a massive powder day. It had been snowing up the mountain and down at our house for the night and didn’t stop during the day either. We spilt up into two groups – the girls and the boys. The boys skied the more dangerous steep parts and the girls drank wine in the bar.
We had lots of fun with the two families here.
The Sellaronda is a ski tour around the biggest mountains in the Dolomites. The tour is about 40 kilometres long. The goal is to try to make it around the different mountains in one day. Dad, Tigne and I did it last week without Mum. Mum was back at Cortina with a very sore leg from her ski crash the other day.
We started our journey at Armentarola. It was 5 kilometres from the start of the Sellaronda. The weather was hot and by the time we had got to the Sellaronda we where sweating. Most of the Sellaronda it flat so you wouldn’t do it on a snow board.
It was a hard day, the sun had us skiing with our gloves in our pockets and the lift lines were huge. There were loads of people skiing. We had to wait in the lift lines for about 20 minutes to get to the actual lift which slowed us down a tiny bit. But in the end we still made it with time to spare. At lunch we stopped at Passo Cella which was at the top of the Sellaronda. At the end of the Sellaronda (where we started) we had to ski all the way back to the car. So in the end we did 50 km out of the whole day. After we had taken our boots off we walked over to a hotel to have a beer and a coke in the hot sun.
Last Sunday morning I woke up early for a race in Alleghe. I have raced their once before. This race was the second last race. I was getting picked up at the top of our road at 6:25. It was snowing heavily and our road was blocked. I had to get up so early because the drive was an hour in the snow.
Mum made me a yummy breakfast. It was pancakes with bacon, banana and maple syrup. After breakfast I walked up the hill to my coaches. When we arrived at Alleghe we headed up the first gondola. It was very difficult getting two pears of super-g skis, a bag and poles up a small gondola. When we arrived at the top of the first gondola we had to go up one more to get to the top of the course.
When we finally got to the top of the corse we heard that the race was cancelled witch was annoying because we hade to get up so early. We headed home after the race was cancelled. I only got one run and that was taking my skis and bag Down to the car at the bottom of the mountain.
Last weekend we went two races at a mountain called Alleghe. The race was a GS corse down a steep slope near a gondola. It was the qualifying round for Poncho.
On saturday it was Tigne’s race at alleghe he started lower than me. Tignes bib number was seventy three. He came 16th out of 40 which was good but he still didn’t make it into Poncho. His time was 52 seconds and the top time was 50sec.
On Sunday it was my race at the same place and same slope. The difference was that I started above the steep part and Tigne started lower down the mountain. It was rutty and my bib number was 106 . I didn’t ski that well I came it the top 30 out of 40 so I didn’t quality. To qualify I hade to come in the top 10. That was my worse race of the year.
On Sunday it was an early start to the day. It was a 6am wake up and then a 7am pick up. It was a cold start to the morning as it was minus 10 outside. Today was a slalom race up at Tofana. By 8am the lift had opened and we were taking our skis up to the top of the course. The sun was just coming over the mountains and the cold breeze was forcing all of us into the cafe. The cafe was so full I had to leave and go to another cafe. At 9:30am the first racer went down the course. Tigne wasn’t there as he was racing in Auronzo with mum.
My bib number was 116. My run came and I entered the start gate ….. 3 2 1….I flew out of the start gate. About half way down the course I was sitting too far back and flew out of the gates. I hade to hike up 1 gate witch added a couple seconds onto my time. Bye the end of the race I came in the top thirty out of about fifty.
Tigne, Mum, Dad and I woke up to an early morning in Italy. The sun was still down so it was still dark. The car was packed and the breakfast was waiting in the car (The mighty spaceship). Bread and bacon started our long 3 hour trip to kitzbühel. We were going to watch the men’s super combined
slalom and super-g.
The race started at 11:30. We got their just in time. Super-g was first. I have never seen a race so steep in my life. It was nearly a 90° angle. First up was Ted Ligety world champion for GS. On the 5th last turn he went off a roller and missed the gate. By the time the top 30 had finished it was 12:30 so we headed into town for some lunch. The top 30 had the most chance of wining. Dominic Paris from Italy won the super-g.
After lunch we headed back for the slalom. D.Paris did not start the slalom because he was saving his energy for the downhill the next day. It was so cool watching the top skiers in real life Alexis Pinturault , Ted Ligety, Marcel Hirscher and Adam Zampa. It looks so much faster in real life than on tv. Alexis Pinturault won the combined. The hole day it was snowing and when we left it was pumping down with snow. The slalom was my favourite because it was in the dark and all the lights where shining on the corse.
It took us 32 boring hours to get to to our destination in Italy. 4 flights of which 2 were long and 2 were short. We left on Wednesday and arrived a day and a half later. Arriving at midnight into Venice was hard – trying to drag our helpless body’s across the street. Our ski coaches Giulia and Micky were waiting to take us home. We hopped into the car and drove dad to his hotel as he was flying to London to pick up our Spaceship.
The drive to Cortina was a few hours long. Friday came but dad was still in Venice ready to go to London and pick up our spaceship. On our first day of skiing, we were getting filmed by Sky TV Italia. It was hard because the night before we got no sleep we were up with jet lag all night long.