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

QAST Invasion of Cortina, Italy

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.IMG_9234.JPGOn 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.

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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Weekend

Saturday
On Saturday my family did an end of season club championship race. Mum came second behind Daniela Merighetti who came 4th in Sochi. Tigne came third. And we all won a big trophy for being a nice family. Dad could of won if there where no other racers racing.

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Sunday
On Sunday I did another race. It was a small race but still hard and I came 17th. My bib number was 254 which meant I was the third to last person to go down the course so it was very rutty. We went to lunch with my friend Thomas because they where going back to Germany.

This is my season basically finished. We leave cortina in two weeks and we will go traveling for a few weeks .