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!