Only a few days left in Europe before I fly home and head back to school but boy, has this last week been busy! Not so much physically tiring as mentally. I had quite the scare when I heard all the races I was planning on going to, had been cancelled because of a lack of snow. Luckily we were able to find other appropriate races within a reasonable driving distance. So this lead me to the GS CIT races in Krvavec, Slovenia.
We worked in with three Dutch athletes and their coach which was great fun. Getting to know so many people from so many different countries is a really good quality in this sport. Anyway, I was super happy with my results from these races as the first day I scored a European PB of 54.79 which will lower my GS points when the next FIS list comes out. Especially as we had some rather horrible racing conditions that day as well! First run was fine but a cloud decided to settle over the top portion of the course before second run. After a delay we were able to get started as a strong wind had pushed out most of the fog... but it was out of the frying pan and into the fire as the wind was strong enough to give us a constant pelting of icy snow in our faces, no matter what direction you turned to avoid it. Nevertheless this was far more preferable to fog and the girls second run was completed without much difficulty. Unfortunately for the guys, the fog claimed the whole race hill, just before their start and their second run was postponed to the following day. I skied really well that day, apart from a few mistakes and I was certainly stoked with the points outcome! The next day I skied well technically but not as confident on the super soft snow. I didn't do as well but that's ok because I know I'm heading in the right direction.
We said goodbye to the Dutch as we now travelled to Piancavallo ski resort in Italy (not near Rome as google maps says it is on the events calendar...) for two NJR Slalom's. These weren't too bad, I had sections in which I skied well but I wasn't putting it together for a whole run, which inevitably meant I didn't score as well as I was wanting to. Overall I feel my skiing has greatly improved on this trip and I want to say a big thank you to my coach Chris McKnight and an even bigger thank you to Mum and Dad for helping me achieve my goals as I have now lowered both my Slalom and GS points while on this trip :)
I want to wish the Kiwi Olympic athletes all the best for their remaining events at Sochi. Keep an eye out for my team mate Adam Barwood competing in the Alpine GS event on the 19th and the Alpine Slalom event (his best discipline :D ) on the 22nd!