Italian national qualifier

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

Pokal Loka – My First International

A month ago, in early February, and on a Saturday and Sunday, I had my first 2 international ski youth alpine ski races for New Zealand. While the race is called Pokal Loka, it is normally held in Stari Vrh – Slovenia, but because of the lack of snow at the time, the race was moved to  Kranjska Gora which is a world cup location in Slovenia too. On Saturday it was due to be a GS and on Sunday, a Slalom, but they changed it to two Slalom races because of the conditions. It snowed the whole weekend!

Day 1 race course
Day 1 race course

On Friday mum and I went to the slope that the race was on and skied it to get a feel of the terrain. At this race I didn’t have a coach so I did everything with my parents.  Saturday arrived and it was race day. On Saturday the weather was great – it was hot, sunny and the new snow was perfect. The race started at 10 and inspection was a 8:30 so we had to get up early, as the hotel that we were staying in was an hour drive away in the old historical town of Škofja Loka. The night before the race mum and dad had to go to a coaches meeting to get my bib, and find out about the race start time and other information. Dad did my skis after warm up, and mum was in the start zone with me.

My bib number was 12 on the first day which is a great number.  I came 16th which is ok because it was my first international race and it was a really hard field with lots of athletes from Eastern Europe as well as all of the big skiing nations like Austria, Norway, Germany and France. The second day was different (but still the same time and everything), just it was snowing and my bib was number 4. The course was on the same slope as the day before but with all the new snow it made it a tiny bit different. Not harder and not easier – just different.  My first run was ok – I skied into the top 20, but I didn’t do very well on the second run as I crashed about 4 gates from the finish. On both of the days it was 2 runs. I had lots of fun there and I want to go back next year.

Day 2 start
Day 2 start

WEEKEND RACING

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.

Slalom race

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.

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Treble Cone race

On Sunday a week before my birthday I did a race at TC – which stands for Treble Cone.  It had a lot  of turns in the course.  I was coming third in the first run.

Poor Tama he crashed and it was a  big crash. On the second run I crashed to. I crashed on the same gate as Tama. The reason I crashed was my downhill ski came off while I was going around the gate. I fell on to the inside ski and went sliding down so i didn’t finish the race – which was a bummer.

My brother raced too, he came tenth. In my categories which is under 12 Sam came first. I forgot who came second. The day before the race we went to a big lodge and we went to Loane Star for dinner. It was very yummy. Loane Star has the yummy ribs that i like.

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Remarks Interfield Race

On Sunday I did a race at The Remarkables Ski Field. It was supposed to be a dual gs but the race department would not let us do a dual gs. So we had to make a normal gs race.

The race was difficult because it was turny and you had to move your skis quickly to get around the gates.

After the first run I was coming first and on the second run I dropped back in to third. On the second run I changed skis and was messy a that is why I thought I dropped back in to third place so over all I came third.

Here is a picture of my medal.

North Island race

On friday I went to Auckland for a ski race. It was the north island interfield. first i went to
corent peack with my dad and a frind could dave we did 9 fast runs after dad and i went to aukland.
we staed at grants house.

on saterday we went to nosh and had brekey after we went to the pet store this is the puppy i like.

This puppy liked me

 

then we went to my dads sister {aunty siobhan} house fore a coffee.

when we went to snow plant for a race it was in door. See!

We got to snow planet early and had some warm up runs

 

poma at snow planet

 

I came eighth out off 50 to 60 i dont know. i liked snow planet but i didn’t like the race course because it was small. there was only 9 turns long. it was nice that my kui and poppa were there we had pizza for dinner but i had narchos.

when we were coming home the runway was iced over. so we had to stop at christchurch for an hour.

At Queenstown airport