Schladming

Last Tuesday Dad, Tigne, Mum and I went to Schladming in Austria to watch another Alpine Ski World Cup race – but this time it was the famous Men’s Slalom Night Race at Schladming. It was so much fun watching the race. We left Cortina in Italy at around 11am and arrived at Schladming at around 3:30pm (after first checking into our apartment). The race was awesome because Nils (the head coach of the NZL Mens team) got us free VIP tickets so we got to watch from a stand near the finish line. The first run was cool. After the first run, Neureuther from Germany was in 1st place, 2nd was Kristoffersen form Norway, and in 3rd place was Setefano Gross from Italy.  Marcel Hirscher who was the home favourite was in 22nd because his goggles fogged up while he was racing.

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About halfway through the first run we headed into town to get some food from the festival tents then shot straight back up to the stand to watch the New Zealand team come down. Willis Feasey DNF’d (did not finish) in the first run and Adam Barwood finished but did not qualify for the second run – although I thought he skied well; he started from bib number 80 and finished in the 50’s . Only the top 30 skiers get a second run.

The race was awesome – in the end it was 1st Kristoffersen, 2nd Marcel Hirscher who skied from 22nd place after the first run, and 3rd was  Alexander Khoroshilov.  Hirscher was unbelievable!

The race finished at around 9 o’clock. We stayed in a little apartment out of town so that we didn’t need to drive home that night, but rather the next morning after breakfast.  I still made it home in time to ski in the afternoon!

A Day Away

On saturday we raced at a mountain called Falcade where I placed 4th and qualified for the Italiano regional finals. My friend Thomas came first. The course was really hard because it was very rutty my bib number was 105 which was my best starting number in Italy so far. I got a a medal made from etched glass. When my family went for lunch we had to cross country ski for so long to make the last lift back!

On Sunday I raced in the regional finals. The Mountain we skied on was San Pellegrino. It was a very big mountain. The course was the biggest course I had ever skied.

The course was flat on the top and steep at the bottom. By the time it was my turn the course it was very rutty. My bib number was 389 – so late! I hate having to wait so long for my turn!

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