» Ottawa, ON
First off, can anyone believe the weather outside in Ottawa right now? Unbelievable.. But as nice as it is, it needs to get colder because I’m not finished with the winter yet!
After podiuming in the second Super G in Aspen I was ready to tear it up in downhill, but it was not to be. Evidently I like to turn (oh really?!) and need to figure out how to glide faster, because the top flats of the downhill track were killing my times. Oh well, live and learn! Even with the mediocre downhill results I managed to hold onto the NorAm overall lead going into the NorAm Finals next week in Vermont and New Hampshire.
After Aspen I returned home for a week of rest, racing, forerunning and fundraising. The first few days were nice and relaxing as Mari came to Ottawa. After a few days with her and a day of training at Fortune with the Quebec Team, my dad and I went up to Tremblant for the Boys and Girls Club Ski-A-Thon (www.skiathon.com). Todd Brooker (Canadian HEAD rep) was another guest of the event. It was a lot of fun to ski with a Crazy Canuck and the man who got me involved with HEAD skis. The event was a huge success, raising $106,000! I met a bunch of really cool people, and it was a ton of fun. I just might have to attend again next year!
The day after the Ski-A-Thon was the annual GMC Cup race at Camp Fortune. Canadian Olympians Pat Biggs and Ryan Semple (both slalom specialists) were racing that day, so my expectations were to be as close as possible to those two. Things worked out a little better than I had planned as I came through the finish of the first run to find myself in the lead. More than a little surprised, I tried to duplicate that success in the second run but it was not to be. I made a bunch of mistake and Pat ended up with the win, but I did come second, 0.01 in front of Ryan. Hundies matter!
The next day was the K1 OSZ Championships GS race at Mont Ste Marie. My younger sister Becca even convinced me to wear all of my Olympic forerunning gear. The forerunning was a lot of fun and made me realize that I really miss skiing on Outaouais because it is so fun! Rebecca didn’t do as well as she was hoping, but did end up tying for the overall medal win for 1998’s because of how well she did in the slalom the previous weekend. Way to go Bec!
I’m leaving for Mont Orford tomorrow for a few days of training before the NorAm finals, where I’m aiming to wrap up some World Cup spots for next season!!
Front page of the Aspen/Snowmass website
Arcing it up at Fortune. Photo courtesy of Cynthia Stewart of Photo Buddies
Mari and I after the Fortune race
Camp Fortune Podium
I think it’s too big Sprout…
Handing out medals at MSM