The Worlds is a “pinnacle” point in the year for all of us.
It is a time to really shine, it is time to clear the slate of past results,
and it is an opportunity to shine when the World is watching. Today I competed
in the Super-G race and placed 13th.
Let’s just say it wasn’t the race of my life and it wasn’t exactly what
I had had in mind but I gave it my best and 13th was what it was
worth. Am I disappointed? Definitely.
Did I expect more? So much more, I was
going for the podium. For in my career right now I need to go for the top every
race. Today’s result was a
disappointment for sure but maybe in hindsight I will be able to appreciate it
more. Having dealt with sickness for the
past 10 days I knew that I would have to dig deep and give it my all and when I
think of what my body has been through, 13th isn’t the end of the
The team, in general, had a really tough day; with me as the
top Canadian, reflecting that perfectly.
It is always tough when you enter these “big” races with high
expectations. Every girl who goes out of
the start gate deserves to be there and is there because she had proved herself
against the world leading up to the Championships. With every one of us shooting for the podium,
you know that it is going to be a tough competition. Today’s race was one of the most challenging
and difficult SG races that I have ever done.
Yesterday I had the chance to make 3 free ski runs on the track but that
was all and definitely not enough to be comfortable on the track. Usually there are World Cups, Europa Cups
held on a hill before a Championships or Olympics competition but in this case
there was none. A few athletes had a
couple of training days on the track last spring but it was definitely not made
readily available to all. The race today
totally reflects the challenging aspect of the Super-G discipline. The girl who won today (Lindsey Vonn) did so
because she skied better than anyone else in the World.
Today was a “character building” day as my old coach used to
say. Tomorrow is a new day and a
downhill training run. Anything can
happen in the Downhill and that is the mentality I need to take going forward! I have two training runs, then the Combined
race on Friday and the Downhill on Sunday.
PS: Garmisch last weekend was not what I had in mind
finishing in 25th place; chalk that one up as a “learning experience”!