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The Canadian Championships in Nakiska, AB, were a lot of fun, and I’ve never seen Nakiska with nicer weather. We had bluebird days nearly every day of the weeklong Championships which made for a great atmosphere and racing. It’s always cool to go from the über-competitive season races to the Canadians where everything is a little more relaxed and everyone wants to have a good time. Not to say that the Canadians aren’t competitive by any means.. they definitely are!
The races kicked off with the downhill, in which I didn’t do as well as I wanted. The DH was probably the opposite kind of course where I usually do well (ie flat and not technical), but I had had a great training run so I wanted to do well. I finished up 6th, pretty far off the pace set by Manny. Next up was the Super G. I went in with a lot of confidence and wanted to see where I measured up compared to the Overall Champ (Erik Guay). I skied a fairly good run,if a little too conservative in some sections, and was just over a second behind Erik, good enough for 5th.
The next day was the Super Combined, which I will skip over because it was very forgettable for me!
I was starting to hit the wall in terms of fatigue but I had my favourite event the next day, the GS. I made a pretty big mistake early in the first run but the rest was decent and was sitting third. I wanted to hold my spot so I really went for it in the second run and still had one of the fastest times starting from the back and finished third! I was super excited with my first Canadian Championships podium and having a good result in GS, which I haven’t been doing a lot of lately. The result put the icing on the cake of a great season and I was really pleased to have pulled it off.
Myself, Brad and Erik – GS podium
I was having a great run in the slalom on the final day but blew out near the bottom. Oh well, that’s slalom!
After that was the provincial dual at COP for the March Of Champions event put on by GMC which was a lot of fun. Quebec was unfairly ousted from the competition after the first round but I won’t go into that!! Following that was the annual end of year party with most of the racers which was a blast as usual.
I’m at home now for a few days of rest before going out to Quebec for the Spring Series at Stoneham and Le Relais. The Springs are a lot of fun and are a nice way to end the season on a relaxed, fun note. After that I will be more than ready for a break away from skiing and just relax for a few weeks after a long season.
I normally wouldn’t post something like this but I think they’re pretty cool so here they are.. The trophies I won for (from left) Canadian Champs GS, NorAm Super G Title, and the NorAm Overall Title: