After more than eight months since my last World Cup race in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, we were finally back in action in Levi, Finland last weekend. They did a great job preparing the slope and we had some great days of training leading up to the race. Unfortunately I didn't have the best day, I went a bit too direct on the pitch and wasn't able to keep up with my line and had to hike. For some reason my learning curve in slalom has been much steeper than it has in GS at every level. I didn't win my first carnival slalom until four years after my first GS win. I didn't get my first Nor-Am slalom podium until 3 and a half years after my first GS podium. I didn't get my first Europa cup slalom points until 3 years after my first GS points. I scored World Cup points in my 5th World Cup GS. I've just completed my 12th World Cup slalom, and hiked for the 11th time. It's definitely extremely frustrating, it's a pretty terrible feeling to get all pumped up for the race and then not perform the way I would've liked to. I'm happy with how I'm skiing and know that I'm still getting faster and that I will eventually get it together on the World Cup like I have on every other level. I'm hoping my first World Cup SL points will be as good as my first Europa Cup SL points were last year when I broke through with a 3rd place :) I'm home now for a bit to work out and to get back on snow a little later this week. I'm also really excited to watch the women race at Killington this coming weekend. It's finally looking like winter here in VT and I can't wait to see the first World Cup action in the east in a couple decades! Pretty incredible that races in Alberta and Colorado had to be cancelled but little old VT will be able to get the races off despite an unseasonably warm November. Here are some pictures from Levi, hope you enjoy them!
PS I'm going to try to do a post every week or two this year, instead of the post every year or two that I have been doing.
It was really cool to have a fan club in the stands when I came through the finish. Thanks so much for the support! It made a disappointing day feel way better. Also huge thanks to everyone who has bought T-Shirts and Posters, I really appreciate it, your support means the world to me!
In typical Redneck Racing fashion, our last trip to Norway was planned absolutely last minute. After spending 5 weeks in VT working out, I was getting really antsy to get back on snow. On October 3rd my old coach from UVM, Johnny Davidson, messaged me and told me that there was good snow in Geilo, Norway. I went on google flights and looked and there was a 213 dollar one way ticket from Boston to Oslo on October 7th, four days later. So I booked it. I messaged fellow Redneck Tucker Marshall and our "intern" for the camp, St. Mikes' Cam Furrer, and let them know how cheap it was. So they booked it too. Fast forward four days and the three of us were driving to Boston with our skis and no real plan for training but we had our super cheap plane tickets to Oslo.
We arrived in Oslo, got in our economy sized rental car and drove the 3 hours to Geilo. When we arrived in Geilo we were having a really hard time getting a hold of anyone. We drove up to the ski area and checked it out, couldn't really find anyone to talk to about training, so then we drove around for a while trying to find good deals on hotels. The cheapest hotel that showed up was actually just a hole in the ground so that was kind of a bummer. With a little more research we found a place that was actually cheaper than the hole in the ground and maybe smaller than our economy rental car. It had four beds, no running water, no sheets and no bed bugs as far as we could tell. So we were satisfied.
I’m super excited to be teaming up with my former ski club/school, the Mt. Mansfield Ski Club and Winter Academy, as an ambassador this year. I had an awesome experience skiing there through high school and a PG year and I’m psyched to be able to return and ski with the next generation of MMSC/MMWA skiers. While I can’t wait for winter to come, I did spend a lot of time on snow over the past four months. Here are some photos from my training and racing this summer, starting with a two week camp to France with MMSC.